The Consumer Electronics Association® seeks to identify financially viable, environmentally-beneficial business models based on the repurposing of recycled CRT glass from used televisions and computer monitors.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
As CRT (Cathode Ray Tube) displays are replaced with newer TV and display technologies, there is a short-term, but immediate environmental need to create new markets for recycled CRT glass. In the past, most used CRT glass collected for recycling was recycled for use in new CRT displays; however, the demand for glass-to-glass recycling of CRT glass has diminished. Many recyclers now have growing stockpiles of CRT glass, and to date no truly feasible market for it has emerged. In the U.S. alone several hundred million pounds of CRT glass will be collected for recycling in 2012. In California this issue has resulted in a proposal to allow landfilling of the units, a result that would obviate the more environmentally-preferable use of recycled CRT materials.
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This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:
After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s).All Solvers that submitted a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.
An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.
In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:
Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.