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New Applications for By-Products of Salt Crystallization
The raw mineral the Seeker uses to produce potash (KCl) also contains recoverable amounts of table salt (NaCl) that is separated along with other salts from the potash by means of a floatation process. The NaCl-rich stream is further processed and purified in a Salt Crystallization Plant (SCP) where the impurities are removed through precipitation. These by-products are high in magnesium hydroxide (Mg(OH)2), calcium carbonate (CaCO3), and calcium sulfate (CaSO4) as well as various chlorides. Currently there is no application for the by-products and the material is added to the ‘salt mountain’ at the processing site. The Seeker is looking for new, innovative ideas for what can be done with these by-products to capture value from them and/or avoid adding them to the salt mountain. Ideally, solutions will not require further processing of the materials before use, but the Seeker is also interested in ideas for cost-effective ways to improve the quality of the by-products if it enables other application areas. Do you have ideas? Click the link below to enter!
Net Zero Impact Emission Vehicle
The Seeker is exploring innovations that may radically reduce pollutant emissions from internal combustion engine (ICE) powered vehicles. In order to achieve the goal of reducing emission of pollutants to zero, the Seeker is asking Solvers for novel ideas and innovative technology concepts that are capable of significantly reducing or eliminating the tailpipe emissions from gasoline, diesel, or advanced concept engine vehicles.
Precise Measurement of Tremor with Voluntary Movements
Although tremor is associated with several neurological disorders (e.g. stroke, multiple sclerosis, Parkinson’s disease), it also occurs in isolation in conditions like Essential Tremor (ET). Tremor is classified into two main categories: rest tremor or action tremor which occurs with voluntary movement and is the type of tremor involved in ET. For the purposes of this Challenge, the Seeker is looking for a reliable and precise method to measure action tremor in the hands of patients when asked to perform a specific activity (e.g. holding arms outstretched, finger-to-nose test, reaching for an object). This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.
STEM Talent Challenge
The U.S Economic Development Administration’s STEM Talent Challenge aims to build STEM talent training systems to strengthen regional innovation economies. The FY21 STEM Talent Challenge will award a total of $2 million in grants to organizations that are creating and implementing STEM talent development strategies that complement their region’s innovation economy. Projects should aim to identify opportunities in high-growth potential sectors, and to expand and empower the innovation economy workforce, including by:
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.
Increasing Awareness and Testing of a Genetic Risk Factor for Cardiovascular Disease
According to the World Health Organization, cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are the leading cause of death worldwide. While a few risk factors (eg, age, genetics) cannot be changed, some instances of heart disease can be prevented through lifestyle modifications, such as increasing physical activity, reducing stress, eating a healthy diet, and avoiding the use of alcohol and tobacco.1 Elevated lipoprotein(a) \[Lp(a)] mediates myocardial infarction, stroke, and peripheral arterial disease. Over the past decade, data in subjects without previous CVD from epidemiological studies and meta-analyses, Mendelian randomization studies, and genome-wide association studies have conclusively shown that elevated Lp(a) levels are associated with a higher risk of CVD.2 An elevated level of Lp(a) is a cardiovascular risk factor, but currently is NOT included in routine lipid panel testing or as a one-time routine screening blood test.2,3 As a leading global medicines company, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation is committed to raising awareness for Lp(a) testing for all patients. Click the link below to find out more!
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.
Mass Flow Meter Device for Hydroelectric Applications
Hydroelectric power is an increasingly popular form of renewable energy generation, with more than 150 countries around the globe producing some form of hydroelectricity. In simple terms, hydroelectric power is generated using flowing water to rotate a large turbine connected to an electric generator. The efficiency of power generation is thus highly determined by the flow rate of water reaching the rotating turbine, with sub-optimal flow rates resulting in energy wastages.
A2A Challenge: Distributed Water Quality Monitoring
Establishing efficient and cost effective mechanisms of testing drinking water quality is widely regarded as a major public health priority across the globe. The Italian multi-utility company A2A Ciclo Idrico is seeking partners to develop a compact multi-parameter sensor which enables the continuous measurement of drinking water quality in the Municipality of Brescia in Italy.
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.
LG Energy Solution: Battery Innovation Contest
LG is looking for the innovative, effective, safe mobile phone batteries of the future! LG Energy Solution invites novel battery proposals from universities and research instructions from all over the world, focused on the themes of Energy, Sustainability, Safety, and/or Advanced Materials.
Afri-Plastics Challenge - Strand 1
Plastic pollution is a hugely pervasive issue facing the marine environment, with estimates suggesting that there are 5.25 trillion plastic particles floating upon the surface of the ocean. When in the sea, plastics are broken-up into smaller and smaller pieces, causing immeasurable damage to marine life. Distressing impacts of marine plastic pollution include entanglement, ingestion, and suffocation of marine creatures. However, when large plastics are broken down into smaller particles, effects become more insidious, through blockades of species digestive systems, growth inhibition, and the absorption of toxins.
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.
Shackleton Polar Challenges
Shackleton Challenges are a unique expedition travel and training programme that we have designed to complement the range of Shackleton expedition-grade outdoor apparel. Building on the legacy of legendary explorer Sir Ernest Shackleton, the challenges' goal is to enable people of all abilities to develop their skills and experience in some of the world’s most spectacular and extreme environments in both the Arctic and Antartica. Sir Ernest Shackleton lived his life as a series of extraordinary challenges. He set himself audacious goals, then strived to the utmost to achieve them. The founders of Shackleton believe it’s only when faced with a challenge that we discover who we really are, what we’re capable of and how much we can endure. A challenge is a powerful force for us all – for progress, for the world, for good.
Longitude Prize: Reduce the Use of Antibiotics
In order to tackle growing levels of antimicrobial resistance, the challenge set for the Longitude Prize is to invent an affordable, accurate, fast and easy-to-use test for bacterial infections that will allow health professionals worldwide to administer the right antibiotics at the right time. The Longitude Prize is a historic and legendary prize with a £10 Million fund to solve today's biggest issues. Do you have what it takes?
True Design Challenge
How would you design your dream kitchen? Signature Kitchen Suite Appliances is looking for professional designers to share their best designs with a chance to win their share of $100,000 and attend their Awards Gala in California. Let your imagination run wild with rustic, contemporary, and traditional design styles incorporating SKS products! Find out more at the link below!
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Our Reality: Distracted Driving
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Key Steps to Creating an Innovation Mindset
Think outside the box. It's more than just a business cliche! Take the time to learn, and especially outside your current mindset--learn about a different industry, study another language, even read up about a religion other than yours to learn new ways of looking at the world around you. When faced with a task, try working backwards, or think about how you would explain the task to someone else. Have new ideas struck yet?