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Economical Solid Ammonium Thiosulfate
Environmentally friendly thiosulfates are becoming increasingly popular agricultural fertilizers because they not only provide sulfur in a plant-accessible form but they are also known to have nitrogen stabilizing properties. Ammonium thiosulfate (ATS) is a popular choice since it provides nitrogen in addition to sulfur but while pure ammonium thiosulfate is a dry crystalline solid, commercial scale production of ATS results in an aqueous solution that contains approximately 40% water. ATS is not easily combined with solid nitrogen containing fertilizers and the Seeker desires an innovative way to economically combine ATS with urea/ammonium containing solid fertilizers to produce a final product that can be applied using standard solid fertilizer based equipment. Do you have ideas? Find out more at the link below!
Empowered Engineers Challenge
Introducing Empowered Engineers! This is a one-week program where you will learn professional, technical, and soft skills, you will network with like-minded people, you will join a recruitment fair with Accenture, you will work on real-life projects and have the opportunity to win prizes, and much more!
Tracking has long been a problem for first responders. While GPS tracking can roughly establish where on earth a person is, it is often not accurate enough to ascertain a person’s location or elevation within a building. Knowing the exact location within a structure of first responders during a search and rescue operation is vital to their safety. This competition exists to identify 3D tracking technology that can give first responders one-meter accuracy in an indoor setting. Use cases include emergency rescue operations and survivor location within large buildings. Successful teams will be awarded funding and entrepreneurial support to bring their solution to market.
xView3 Challenge: Detecting Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing Vessels
It is estimated that 30% of global fish catch is currently unreported, with illegal, unreported, and unregulated (IUU) fishing vessels thought to extract up to 26 million tonnes of fish annually. Through the exploitation of governance loopholes and weak fisheries enforcement, IUU fishing affects fisheries sectors of all types and sizes and is a major threat to marine ecological productivity and global food security. The xView3 challenge seeks to advance the fight against IUU fishing and harness satellite data to detect ‘dark’ fishing vessels. Fishing vessels are regarded as ‘dark’ when they deliberately switch off their satellite identification systems, preventing their fishing movements from being tracked. Active remote sensing through satellite technology has the potential to fill the monitoring gaps left by dark vessels and improve the efficacy of IUU enforcement around the world.
Afri-Plastics Challenge: Creating Solutions
We are seeking the creation of new or the development of early-stage products, technology and/or services to encourage the reduction or elimination of plastic usage across Sub-Saharan Africa. Products and businesses can be focused across four goals: Direct Elimination, Innovative Elimination, Reuse, or Digital Solutions. By the end of the Challenge, successful community-centered products and services will have demonstrated a sustainable approach to reducing the reliance on plastic that also supports the empowerment of women and girls.
Modifying Engine Oil to Reduce Transport to Combustion Chamber
Internal combustion engines consume lubricating oil during operation due to oil transport into the combustion chamber. This consumption is both detrimental to engine performance and increases exhaust emissions, and with the advancing development of cleaner burning fuels may become the primary source for pollutant emissions from vehicles. The Seeker is looking for ways to modify the composition of lubricating oils to reduce the amount of oil consumed in the combustion chamber of internal combustion engines. Do you have ideas? Find out more at the link below!
Concentrating Hypersaline Brine Solutions
The Dead Sea Works, operated by the Seeker, ICL, extracts brine from the Dead Sea for production of salt, potash, and other important minerals primarily through evaporation processes. Residual hypersaline streams, known as F-streams, are produced as a result of these processes. The F-streams are high in potash content but extraction of a large portion of the potash is difficult and current methods are estimated to recover just 50% of the available potash. ICL is seeking an innovative, energy-efficient method that increases potash recovery by removing water from the F-streams without losing the water so that it may be returned to the Dead Sea in order to keep the water balance of the Dead Sea steady. The submission to the Challenge should include the following:
Solar Forecasting Prize
The American-Made Solar Forecasting Prize is designed to better enable solar industry stakeholders with state-of-the-art solar forecasting capabilities. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy Solar Energy Technologies Office, this prize aims to increase the use of the Solar Forecast Arbiter, an open platform developed by the University of Arizona, to allow for the transparent, rigorous, and consistent analysis and evaluation of solar forecasts. Does this sound like you? Click the link below!
EV OPEN INNOVATION CHALLENGE
The EV Open Innovation Challenge is a program powered by New Energy Nexus to source startups of commercial-ready EV charging products and services to enter into pilot or proof-of-concept projects with industry champions Kia, Hyundai Motor, Hyundai Glovis US and Hyundai CRADLE. This program is a launchpad to rapidly scale the product offering in North America. At Hyundai Motor and Kia, our team is working nonstop to embrace a bright future in electrified mobility. We are committed to launch 23 pure EV models and invest $7.4 billion in the US EV industry by 2025. We are thrilled to partner with the startup community to build that future, together.
Harness the potential of 5G with the UK's first 5G innovation incubator! 5RING's three-month accelerator programme offers participants access to test-beds located in Birmingham, Coventry or Wolverhampton based on the programmes they apply to. The programme offers participants 1:1 and group mentorship alongside coaching across business development, workshops, technology, growth strategy, and more!
EIT Climate-KIC Innovation Call 2022
EIT Climate-KIC is inviting proposals for new activities due to commence in 2022. Under our strategy, Transformation, in Time, we have worked to engage challenge owners across Europe to map their systems and understand the innovation gaps where greater experimentation is needed to accelerate climate action. This work has led us to define a range of innovation areas where there is an opportunity to take a new approach to breaking through on the toughest climate challenges. Through experimenting with these new approaches, we hope to learn together with you about how to trigger system change and how to achieve our mission of a net-zero, resilient and just society by 2030 – now just nine years away. This call for proposals sets out ‘positions’ in our innovation portfolio that we are seeking to fill with new commercially viable projects. A ‘position’ refers to a space or area that sits within our wider innovation portfolio where a specific project or innovation activity may sit within.
COVID Mobility Works
COVID-19 has changed the lives of people all over the world. Last year, COVID Mobility Works started collecting how cities were dealing with the impacts of the pandemic on their transportation systems; but that’s only half the story. How have YOU experienced moving—or not moving—about your city, neighborhood, or street since the pandemic? Have you not been able to move around much because of COVID-19? How has your travel changed?\ \
Put it to the Test: Design the Future of Point of Care Testing
Until recently, diagnostic tests could only be performed in laboratories. But now devices have become smarter and increasingly portable, allowing tests to be performed almost anywhere: pharmacies, drive-through testing locations, or even in our own homes. Easier access to testing is especially critical for America’s underserved populations, who face systemic and institutional obstacles that have historically prevented them from getting the care they need. Thermo Fisher Scientific is committed to closing this health disparities gap. We launched The Just Project to facilitate the safe reopening of Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) by providing the instruments, kits and testing infrastructure to bring COVID-19 testing programs to all partner HBCUs at no cost. And this is just the beginning.
Black Tech Fest '21
Black Tech Fest is a movement that takes the form of a virtual three-day festival to celebrate Black culture, showcase innovation and create pathways for underrepresented talent. Set in October, UK’s Black History Month, BTF will convene 6,000 attendees online across three anchor tracks – Belonging, C:code and Showcase. Black Tech Fest exists to inspire and create space for powerful conversations around technology, inclusion and innovation.
Innovative Solutions to Electrify Public Transport
Developing effective alternatives to carbon-fuelled public transportation will be key to achieving the sustainable green cities of the future as well as the achievement of UN sustainable development goals 7, 9, and 11. Enel X have developed pioneering innovative electric transportation systems in cities across the globe which reduce carbon emissions, cut noise pollution, improve air quality, and provide a superior and extensive public transportation service.
EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women
As the world leader in advising, guiding and recognizing entrepreneurs, EY knows that access to successful role models and business-building networks is critical for enabling entrepreneurs to realize their ambition. In these unprecedented times, we remain committed to helping female founders with the challenges of the “now,” and help them prepare for the opportunities in the “next” and “beyond.” The EY Entrepreneurial Winning Women™ Europe 2021 program seeks a new cohort of ambitious women entrepreneurs to provide them with the advice, resources and access they need to unlock their full potential and reframe their future.
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The Makings of Salt
Salt has been used to preserve food and season meals for centuries. Once a highly valuable commodity, salt is now an everyday seasoning and a permanent fixture of most dinner tables around the world.