The Challenge to Solvers is to propose a novel method to measure leg edema. A method that is performed in an easy way compatible with daily physician practice during the evaluation of patients suffering from venous disease, and particularly those with leg heaviness symptoms.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Braskem is challenging Solvers to improve the state-of-the-art of 3D printing speed using polyolefins, whilst maintaining a high standard of product quality, when compared to the same part made by traditional manufacturing.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and sample delivery.
Machine-based approaches to generating and evaluating analytic products from disparate structured and unstructured data types are emerging areas of research for the U.S. Intelligence Community (IC). As these approaches mature beyond demonstration systems with controlled data sources, such IC systems will require a means for inspecting and ensuring the integrity of the data that are ingested by these systems. These considerations will become particularly critical as the information available to the IC’s analytic community continues to exceed the ability for traditional, human vetting. Accordingly, the ODNI and OUSD(I) are seeking ideas and descriptions of a viable technical approach for enabling the automated validation of information prior to the dissemination of machine-generated intelligence products. A total award pool of $75,000 is available for this Challenge with a guaranteed payout of $25,000.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Mechanical pulp is the material of choice – as a base material or additive – in order to increase the stiffness of cartonboard products (e.g. for cereals or cigarette packs). Although successful, this material is costly, hence the Seeker is looking for an alternative material that can lead to a cost reduction whilst achieving the same stiffness.
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.
The solution is a field-ready prototype system that includes one central data receiving unit and at least two sensor nodes measuring fine particulate matter (PM2.5), carbon monoxide (CO), ozone (O3), and carbon dioxide (CO2) that communicates data wirelessly and measures a wide dynamic range of concentration levels expected during wildland fires. The prototype system should be accurate, lightweight, and easy to operate, enabling first responders, states and nearby communities to easily measure wildland fire smoke exposure. In addition to the potential award, all Solvers providing prototypes will directly receive information on their system’s laboratory test results as well as qualitative feedback by air monitoring experts. If the system proves to be reliable and useful, deployment of a larger-scale sensor network is anticipated as part of follow-up projects measuring smoke impacts during wild and prescribed fires. This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires delivery of a written preview of the solution, followed by a prototype system with supporting documentation.
Nearly 3 million people in the United States and 65 million people worldwide have epilepsy, a neurological condition which affects the nervous system and causes seizures. One in 26 people will develop epilepsy at some point in their lifetime, with 150,000 new cases annually in the United States. Nearly 80% of the people with epilepsy live in low- and middle-income countries and three-quarters of these individuals do not get the treatment they need.
Among those living with epilepsy, nearly one-third have ongoing seizures despite existing therapies. Each year, more than 1 out of 1,000 people with epilepsy die from sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). If seizures are uncontrolled, the risk of SUDEP increases to more than 1 out of 150. SUDEP is the leading cause of death in young adults with uncontrolled seizures.
In order to accelerate the identification of effective treatments for SUDEP, the Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute is sponsoring a Reduction to Practice Challenge to develop a predictive biomarker or panel of biomarkers to identify people at risk for SUDEP or seizures that compromise cardiac or respiratory function. The biomarker(s) must serve as an endpoint or surrogate endpoint that will drive human SUDEP interventions. For example, the biomarker(s) may identify a high risk patient group that could be used to test existing candidate interventions such as seizure detection devices.
Milestone 1 requires a detailed Project Plan of the proposed solution. Milestone 2 involves the production of proof-of-concept data. Milestone 3 requires results that demonstrate the predictive efficacy of the biomarker(s). The SUDEP Institute intends to make up to 10 awards from a total award pool of $100,000 for Milestone 1, up to 4 awards of $25,000 each for Milestone 2, and a final award at least $800,000 for successful completion of Milestone 3.