Viridis Learning Challenge: New Approaches to Improve Employment Outcomes from Career and Technical Education
Career and technical education (CTE) is a term used to describe schools, institutions, and programs that specialize in the applied sciences, modern technologies, skilled trades, and career preparation. Also known as vocational education programs, students are offered opportunities to gain work experience and job-specific skills while also taking traditional academic courses. CTE is just one of many pathways to success, yet employers are still finding it difficult to identify qualified individuals to hire. Viridis Learning believes that stakeholders must be brought together to share data and automate recruitment of candidates each with verified (or verifiable) knowledge, skills, and ability. Thus, they seek new approaches and insights to better address the nation’s skills gap.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933845
How to Eliminate Delamination of Carton Board During Printing Processes?
Delamination occurs when there is a detachment of the top layer or coating layer of carton board and can be seen after the printing step in the form of bubbles on the carton board surface or a large scale detachment of the carton board cover layer – when this happens, the product is downgraded to waste.
The Seeker is looking for strongly effective methods to eliminate the risk of delamination of the cartonboard during printing processes.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires submission of written documentation. The Seeker will perform experimental validation of proposed solutions in order to determine the award.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933974
Indirect Estimates of Reservoir Water Storage
Water storage in reservoirs behind dams is a vital component for water management, and the amount available defines the delivery of benefits from reservoirs. Available water storage, over time, decreases as sediment deposition occurs, thus decreasing the capacity for storage. This sediment deposition, known as sedimentation, also adversely affects reservoir infrastructure operation and maintenance such as outlet works and water intakes. Assessing the loss of storage capacity currently is an expensive and time consuming process performed directly by in-field surveys.
The Bureau of Reclamation, in collaboration with the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, is seeking a cost effective method to indirectly estimate the storage capacity and/or sediment volume (storage loss) in reservoirs.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, source code, and delivery of an executable application.
Challenge Orientation Video
Subject matter experts from the Bureau of Reclamation and U.S. Army Corps of Engineers have provided this short video discussing the problem of sediment accumulation and the resulting loss of water reservoir storage capacity:
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This Challenge is being conducted by the Seeker under the authority of 15 USC 3719, as amended, which states that cash prize purse awards for this Prize Competition may only be given to an individual that is a citizen or permanent resident of the United States, or an entity that is incorporated in and whose primary place of business is in the United States, subject to verification by the Seeker before Prizes are awarded.
However, submissions can be entertained from all Solvers regardless of whether they are U.S. citizens/entities. Meritorious submissions from non-eligible persons and entities, if any, will be recognized in publications issued by the Seeker announcing the results of the competition, such as press releases. Non-U.S citizens/permanent residents or non-U.S entities can also be included on U.S. teams and are eligible to receive non-cash prize awards, if any. However, cash prize purses will only be awarded to persons and entities eligible to receive cash prize purses under the authority of 15 USC 3719, as amended.
Full eligibility details and other restrictions are detailed in the Challenge Specific Agreement.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933766
Roche Diabetes Care Challenge
More than 29 million Americans live with diabetes, a metabolic disorder that is characterized by insufficient production or inadequate utilization of insulin resulting in abnormal fluctuations in blood glucose. For diabetics, self-monitoring of blood glucose is essential for knowing when to make therapy adjustments. In the United States, the blood glucose monitoring industry has experienced a negative growth trend despite an increasing number of patients with diabetes. Roche is looking for innovative ideas and solutions that may help a traditional blood glucose manufacturer, like Roche, reverse this trend while meeting patient needs.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933981
Converting Heat Contained in Waste Water Effluents into Forms of Energy for On-site Use
The Seeker is looking to identify processes that can cost-effectively convert the heat contained in hot waste water effluents into forms of energy that can be used to power on-site operations.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933862
Dining Tables and Chairs to Prevent Sea Sickness in Sailing Ships
The Challenge for Solvers is to describe a dining table and chairs system that can prevent seasickness and minimize the influence of ship movements while navigating at sea.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933972
RUSAL Challenge: Looking for Joint-Venture Partners for the Production of Goods
RUSAL wishes to leverage the potential of one of its aluminum smelting plants. Located in Nadvoitsy, this plant is equipped with state-of-the-art technology, qualified personnel, unique conditions for energy-intensive production, and is situated in a particularly favorable location classified as a priority area for economic development, therefore benefiting from various incentives to investment.
With that in mind, RUSAL is looking for a partner that can leverage this plant by partnering with RUSAL for the production of new goods, preferably aluminum based but not limited to them.
This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933923
RUSAL Challenge: Cost-effective Processes to Recover and Recycle Salt from Aluminum Salt Cake (‘Slag’)
Salt cake (‘slag’) is a toxic and hazardous by-product generated during aluminum processing. It is mainly composed by salts (KCl and NaCl) that, instead of being wasted in landfills, can be recovered and re-used in the process. Hence, RUSAL is seeking for a cost-effective process to recover and recycle the salts present in the salt cake.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933959
Advanced Septic Nitrogen Sensor Challenge
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (USEPA) (the Seeker) in collaboration with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) and The Nature Conservancy (TNC) seeks to identify and spur development of technologies to monitor nitrogen concentration in effluent from advanced Onsite Wastewater Treatment Systems (OWTS). Phase I of this Challenge program is an Ideation Challenge to gain a better understanding of low cost sensor technology that could be utilized to detect and measure nitrate and ammonium, or total nitrogen in the effluent of advanced OWTS. If this initial Ideation is successful, future phases of the Septic Challenge program will include prototype development and testing.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933926
Enel Challenge: Methods to Cool Down Battery Storage Containers
The Seeker for this challenge is looking for an effective way to cost-effectively maintain containers of lithium ion batteries in the optimum temperature range of 15°C to 25°C during operation, guaranteeing the normal operation of the battery cells and a minimum auxiliary power consumption.
Source: InnoCentive Challenge ID: 9933939