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.
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.
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.
Long-Range Analysis using Superior Spectral Optics (LASSO)
This Challenge is seeking next-generation optical materials for use in long range spectral analysis. That is, new materials that can be used as optical apertures in the 3-12 micron band/spectrum. A fuller range of 0.5 to 14 microns would be the “ideal solution”.
Details will be provided in the full Challenge description.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, rationale, and a test sample (preferred) or evidence that a test sample can be produced with the appropriate properties in the foreseeable future.
Mass Customization & Inclusion
Enel is seeking creative ideas or approaches to provide customized electricity and gas services or products and to satisfy any and all customers’ needs in order to provide unique value with respect to diversity and inclusion. Desirable approaches can, but are not limited to, leverage on digital disruptions or new technologies (e.g. smart meters), automate Enel processes, enhance the flexibility of current commercial portfolio, etc. Any solution with a compelling business justification will be considered.
CTTSO Challenge: Improved Chemical, Biological, and Radiological (CBR) Protective Closure Systems
In the event of a chemical, biological, or radiological (CBR) incident, even the smallest hole in a protective system may cause exposure to dangerous hazards. Entry and exit openings are therefore weak points of Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) ensembles, and few materials are capable of providing both the physical functionality and chemical protection necessary for a CBR closure, limiting potential solutions.
Through this Challenge, we would like to identify innovative closure designs providing protective integrity and functionality, without drastically affecting marketability (e.g. cost, shelf-life).
New Method to Identify Leaky Test Strips
The Seeker wishes to find a new method to identify leaks in the sealing of their test strips (aluminium foil seals).
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Lanxess Challenge: Reducing Discoloration of Polyamides Exposed to Air and High Temperatures
The Seeker is looking for novel ideas for formulations or additives that stabilize the color of one of its formulated aliphatic polyamides, preventing discoloration under exposure to heat at air at temperatures higher than 150°C.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires only the submission of written documentation from the Solver. The Seeker will perform the experimental reduction to practice and validation of proposed solutions in order to determine the award.
Bird Identification from a Minimal Sample
Bird strikes by aircraft need to be addressed quickly for safety. Identification of the bird is critical to determine its size/weight and to determine if more testing for damage is required and what action to take. Currently, birds can be identified by DNA and feather identification, but the methods are time consuming (weeks) including shipping samples back and forth. A faster method for bird identification, preferably with a handheld device is required. Details will be provided in the full Challenge description.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, rationale, and a demonstration of feasibility of the system.