Fonterra Challenge: Optimal Biogas Utilisation
Biogas is a renewable fuel produced during the decomposition of organic waste. Fonterra recently opened a state-of-the-art cream cheese plant located in Darfield, New Zealand. With the addition of a biodigester, the plant will generate a large quantity of biogas. Therefore, Fonterra is searching for innovative approaches to harness biogas and create a cost-effective energy source.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Architectural and Engineering Design & General Contracting Partner
The Seeker is looking for a General Contractor who shall be responsible for the architectural and engineering designing, permitting, deconstruction, remediation, and construction of a 100 person office facility. The existing facility will be retrofitted to be a Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility (SCIF) and meet ICD 705.
More details will be provided in the details of the Challenge.
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 a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.
Corteva AgriscienceTM Challenge: Seeking Natural Products or Natural Product-Derived Small Molecules
Corteva AgriscienceTM is seeking pure natural products and semi-synthetic natural products for pest control. Material supply of compounds which are natural products or natural-product derived small molecules is desired. Crude extracts and mixtures are not requested for this Challenge.
Intellectual Property: In return for the Initial Transfer Fee of USD $150 per compound (see further details of the Challenge), you are expected to grant the Seeker only a non-exclusive license to test your compound(s) in their in-house assays and/or use the compound(s) to prepare other compounds for in-house testing.
Smart Hydration Tracking
Staying hydrated is especially important for keeping healthy, though the daily recommended water intake is influenced by a person’s size, age, and physical activity. Sometimes it is hard to remember how much liquid you have consumed and when you feel thirsty, you may already be experiencing dehydration. Therefore, the Seeker desires a seamless tracking system for users to monitor their water consumption with ease.
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.
EFSA Challenge: Automated Named Entity Recognition
Data extraction from text is a fundamental human action and is key to gathering information in any field. With the exponential increase in material being published on any given subject it is becoming increasingly hard for humans to read and extract data from every relevant source of information. Automating data extraction would save a tremendous amount of human resources and possibly result in more accurate and more extensive extraction.
Data extraction relies on a proper identification of objects and concepts in the documents, therefore a very important sub-task of data extraction is to find and classify names in text, also known as Named Entity Recognition.
Last year, the European Food Safety Authority (EFSA) ran a Challenge seeking a general algorithm for automated data extraction from text, graphs, and images in electronic documents. The primary outcome of that Challenge was the realization that general automated data extraction was an extremely difficult task and far beyond the scope of a single Challenge. As a result, EFSA is running the current Challenge focused on Named Entity Recognition (NER) in text documents and is offering a total award pool of $60,000 with at least $40,000 for the winning algorithm.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, output from the data extraction algorithm, and, upon request, submission of source code and executable.
Tamper-Resistant Distribution Network Cabinets
Enel is interested in protecting distribution network cabinets from theft and fraudsters and accidental access from people/animals/vehicles and vandalism, giving an alert in case the components are damaged or opened without authorization.
Metal, Aldehyde and Vegetable Free Tanning – The Stabilization of Collagen
In an effort to reduce health and environmental impact, the Seeker is looking for a leather tanning system that is free from metals and aldehyde containing materials that can still produce a sustainable quality product. This can be summarized as chemical, thermal and microbiological stabilization of the collagen.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a method that can meet the Solution Requirements and rationale that can convince the Seeker it is worth a trial. The Seeker will run testing on those methods deemed acceptable. Acceptable Results of Testing will determine awards.
Grünenthal Challenge: Cell-Based/Gene Therapies for Pain
Pain is an unpleasant sensation that is part of the body’s protective mechanism designed to give a warning of potential or actual tissue damage. When pain is not managed effectively, it can persist and become debilitating, resulting in an overwhelming burden of suffering and poor quality of life. Due to the complexity of chronic pain, the Seeker is seeking proposals for alternative cell-based/gene editing approaches to deliver more effective therapies.
Advanced Encapsulation in Aqueous Solutions
Microencapsulation is a technique in which substances are coated to form extremely small capsules. These particles are used in a number of industries for the delivery of materials such as vitamins, minerals, and pharmaceuticals. The Seeker desires methods for improving the stability of microcapsules in aqueous solutions, and for controlled slow release of small molecules.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and prototype delivery.
Volkswagen Challenge: Improving the Connected Vehicle Experience
Volkswagen is looking for novel ideas and concepts to incentivize drivers to share diagnostic and car usage data from their cars in order to improve quality assurance and the customer experience. Solutions can be wide-ranging and may include, but are not limited to, new services, app functions, features, or additional digital services around the car that can add value for customers and/or be fun for drivers.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.