The evaluation of analytic products is an area ripe for exploring new technological capabilities and approaches. Currently, intelligence products are reviewed—prior to publication—by numerous levels of management and edited against an Intelligence Community (IC) agency’s signature style using essentially the same methods as publishers have traditionally used. The ODNI and OUSD(I) are seeking ideas and descriptions of a viable technical approach for enabling the automated evaluation of finished 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.
The Seeker to this Challenge is looking for a novel method of connecting hollow steel sections that can be used instead of welding and create structures of different shapes in steel construction.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data and/or prototype development and delivery. Purely theoretical solutions are also welcomed and these may qualify for awards up to $15,000 if they are judged to meet the Solution Requirements listed below.
The Seeker desires software to model the flow force and pressure distribution inside a hydraulic valve under various operating conditions. Solutions must be generally applicable to multiple valve designs.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, software, and simulation output from the software applied to a supplied test case.
The Seeker, a leading global environmental services company, is looking for a partner to engage in a close partnership aiming at developing a new generation of methods for weed control in railways. The Seeker is particularly curious to learn if there are methods in use or development in other industries that can replace or significantly reduce the use of herbicides in railway weed control.
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.
The Seeker would like to be able to measure the side bend offset of long crane arms in real or near real time. Solvers are asked to develop a device/method to make this measurement and provide data as proof.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and a device/method to be tested.
The field of gut microbiome research has primarily relied on fecal samples as surrogates for the luminal contents of the gut. Although there may be overlap in some of the microorganisms found, it is known that the microbial composition in the upper gut is considerably different. Therefore, the Seeker desires a noninvasive technology for ileal sampling to support clinical studies of the human microbiome.
This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and prototype delivery.
The State of Michigan has appropriated 1 million dollars for a Challenge seeking to prevent the movement of invasive carp species into Lake Michigan from the Illinois River through the Chicago Area Waterway System (CAWS). The Seeker is looking for new and novel ideas to function independently or in conjunction with those deterrents already in place to prevent carp movement into the Great Lakes or other locations.
This Challenge launches Stage 1 of a planned two-stage Challenge. Stage 1 is a global call for all ideas, while Stage 2 is a continuation of work to establish proof of concept and/or testing protocols. Winners from Stage 1 will present their solutions in person to a judge’s panel in Stage 2 for final awards.
The Seeker is looking for a technology that can detect close proximity of a human hand and be robust against outdoor conditions such as rain, snow, dust, etc. More details will be provided on the bauma Open Innovation website.
This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.
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.