Our experienced team of Challenge experts – PhDs in a variety of fields, from biology to material sciences to computer sciences – and program managers are engaged in the Challenge process from beginning to end. Our experts work with you to formulate a well-crafted Challenge that clearly decomposes and articulates the problem you are trying to solve and the specific criteria against which solutions will be evaluated. A Challenge can be run publically or anonymously. Once the Challenge is drafted, it is posted to InnoCentive’s network of over 380,000 problem Solvers which includes creative, diverse and highly educated minds from around the world.
During the posting period, our experts respond to any Solver questions, and forward solutions to you as they are submitted. After the Challenge posting period ends, our experts will forward the remaining solutions for you to begin evaluation and winner selection. Once you have chosen the winner(s), we manage verification of the Solver’s identity, obtain their affidavit and necessary employer waiver, transfer the award to the Solver, and execute the appropriate IP treatment.