Biodiversity Innovations for Thales’ Six Sites

Challenge details

Name: Biodiversity Innovations for Thales’ Six Sites
Challenge type: Student Challenge
Award: £3,000
Deadline: 24th April 2022


Humanity faces no greater threat than that posed by climate change. As the need to preserve biodiversity and natural habitats grows, companies are uniquely placed to engineer great change and much-needed innovations to inform how we preserve these places in the future. The Seeker of this Challenge, Thales, is looking for proposals that will see it increase its efforts in maintaining rich biodiversity on its sites, six key ones of which are in the UK.
This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.  


One of the most important aspects of an organisation’s sustainability efforts is its impact on the environment. Ensuring that a business doesn’t completely ruin the environment on its sites means respecting all elements of the ecosystem. Respect for all wildlife as well as local communities is fundamental in underpinning any efforts in biodiversity.

Thales, a global technology leader with a presence on five continents, has been working towards reducing its impact on the planet for the last two decades. As conversations around emissions and green energy have increased in importance, the company has recognised the importance of addressing environmental concerns. Thales produces annual environmental reports to track its impact and that it is meeting its objectives in this area. 

Having spent twenty years managing its pollution risks and reducing water consumption, among other similarly environmentally-focused programmes, Thales is now seeking the input of the next generation. Asking students for their solutions to improve Thales’ biodiversity efforts is part of the organisation’s hope to discover actionable solutions. These will elevate its environmental ambitions, protecting the natural habitats of its sites for generations to come. 

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:  

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $4,000, with one award being at least $2,000 and no award being less than $500.
  • The award(s) will be paid in pound sterling (GBP), at the exchange rate in effect at the launch of this Challenge on the website, which equates to the total payout of $4,000 (USD) to be £3,021 (GBP).  
  • All intellectual property rights, if any, in the idea or concept demonstrated by the Proposed Solution will remain with you. By submitting a Proposed Solution to this InnoCentive Challenge, you grant to the Seeker a royalty free, non-exclusive, worldwide, perpetual, sub-licensable license in respect of all such intellectual property rights, if any, for the purposes of commercial exploitation of the idea or concept demonstrated by the Proposed Solution. Notwithstanding granting the Seeker a license for the Proposed Solution, you retain ownership of the Proposed Solution.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 23:59 PM (GMT) on 24-04-2022. 
Late submissions will not be considered.  
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 submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.  


This Challenge is open and offered solely to: UK based registered students aged eighteen (18) years and older and/or with full legal capacity, who (i) is currently enrolled at a UK Higher Education Institution or (ii) has recently graduated from a UK Higher Education Institution less than one year before the current academic year, with a student card and ( email.

All the documents that may confirm the Participant’s eligibility will be required prior to awarding any prizes (e.g. identity document, student card, etc.).

Employees of Thales or their relatives are ineligible to receive awards.


Thales is a global technology leader with more than 80,000 employees on five continents. Our customers are large organisations with a critical common denominator: they all provide or operate systems, services and infrastructure that are vital to society. Our approach to protecting the environment is guided by the preservation of species, their habitats and ecosystems, preferential use of areas dedicated to plants, and the protection of historic and natural heritage sites.

What is InnoCentive?

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world’s most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

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:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

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.


The Student Challenge consists of two rounds: 

Round One. Solutions will be accepted from March 23rd, 2022, at 8:00 GMT to April 24th, 2022 at 23:59 GMT. At the end of this round, “Criteria based” voting will take place from April 25th, 2022 at 8:00 GMT to April 29th, 2022 at 23:59 GMT. The voters (Seeker employees) may evaluate and select the top 5 Participant Solutions that will proceed to round two. 

Round Two. Participants who have been selected to participate in round two will be notified directly by Wazoku. In the event a Participant does not answer after Wazoku has tried to contact them by email and by phone, Wazoku reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to disqualify this Participant. This disqualification shall not entitle the Participant to claim any kind of compensation from the Seeker.

Round two consists of an oral presentation by the Participants of the selected Solutions. Participants are not required to upload a Deliverable to the Challenge website before the second round. However, Participants must prepare a Deliverable that meets the specifications, which include: A document describing their Solution and presenting, for example, the problem it tackles, the proposed solution, and its impact. This document will be used as a presentation document during the oral presentation given by the Participants involved in the Challenge. At the end of the Second round, the jury will choose the winning Solutions and will rank the finalists.