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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!
People.Planet.Product Student Design Challenge
Did you know that 70% of the world’s population lacks access to an electric washing machine? That’s why The Washing Machine project was founded – to help alleviate the burden of handwashing clothes by providing displaced and low-income communities and households with an accessible, off grid washing solution. The Washing Machine Project have produced a manual, crank-handle washing machine called Divya that has been proven to save 75% of the time and 50% of the water taken to handwash clothes. The impact of this is huge, but we believe we can do more. We’ve devised the People.Planet.Product. Student Design Challenge to engage students with STEM backgrounds to get involved…you are the scientists, engineers, and mathematicians of tomorrow that are creating solutions that could help generations to come.
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.
Highways England Graffiti Competition
Highways England is seeking to advance promising new products and services that have the potential to both remove and prevent the use of graffiti on the strategic road network. This ambition is being delivered through this innovation funding programme, which is being delivered by the Connected Places Catapult. The programme will award £30k funding to no more than 6 organisations to design a trial of their technology on a road network testbed.
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.
Government Innovation Awards
These awards celebrate the transformative government projects, individual change agents and industry partners that are reimagining public-sector IT. If you are an industry innovator, a rising star, or a public sector innovator, these are the awards for you! The challenge is looking for:
Open Innovation Challenge: Greenhouses
In the past year, the pandemic has highlighted Quebec’s dependence on imports of essential goods. Food self-sufficiency has therefore become a priority issue for the Quebec population, and that is why Hydro-Québec has decided to act as a catalyzer to help the most promising projects come to fruition. InnovHQ is Hydro-Québec’s subsidiary mandated to stimulate innovation in Quebec, with the aim of accelerating the energy transition. InnoHQ will therefore work with Cycle Momentum as part of this challenge to help companies in the greenhouse sector develop commercial offers that incorporate the proposed innovations. In parallel with the “Open Innovation Challenge: Greenhouses,” Écotech Québec is offering a unique networking event in Quebec whose goal is to generate business opportunities between agri-food companies and clean technology innovators.
Captain Tom 100
Captain Tom famously walked 100 lengths of his garden to raise money for the NHS last year. Now his family is challenging us all to take on a #100Challenge of our own and honour his legacy! Do 100 star jumps, bake 100 cakes, swim 100 laps, whatever you want, to raise money for your favourite charity or the official Captain Tom Foundation.
Innovations on Cross-Border Collaboration
The OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) and the UAE Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) are excited to launch the 2021 Call for Innovations in government, focused specifically on ways government are innovating through cross-border collaboration. Entries can involve multiple countries, regions, or cities working together in new and interesting ways to solve common challenges, or multiple governments collaborating to achieve new types of policies and services. Innovators around the world are encouraged to submit innovative practices to fuel this research and to inspire others to work in new and creative ways, helping to embrace innovation in government by upskilling, investing in people, and focusing on the overlooked. This call is open to government officials, international organisations, civil society organisations, academia, and the private sector. However, to be considered, the initiative must have goals aimed at improving government, and the public sector must be integrally involved in the work.
Mayor's Resilience Fund
The Mayor of London's Resilience Fund is London's £1 Million challenge fund to encourage innovation addressing socially impactful issues facing London - emerging stronger from COVID-19 and prepared to handle future challenges. Whether you're a tech SME, an engineer, or a social enterprise, London needs you - apply today!
Amazon Launchpad 2021
Calling all changemakers! Get the power of Amazon behind your startup with the Amazon Launchpad 2021. Amazon is championing startups that bring innovation into the everyday with their cutting-edge products. Products that don’t just belong in the future, but shape it--with the chance to sell your products on Amazon to reach customers around the world.
VISA Everywhere Initiative
Get your startup on the global stage with the VISA Everywhere Initiative! VISA are looking for innovative startups from around the globe working in four distinct categories: digital services, digital issuance, finance, and business recovery. Present your work at the 2021 global finals and you could win up to $50,000 to take your startup to the next level. Enter today!
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicle Challenge
Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles are looking for new features to make the work day easier, business run better, and spare time and holidays more enjoyable. They are seeking ideas and concepts for inspiring new features that are affordable, modular, sustainable, and easy to install. All ideas are welcome, and your idea could win you $10,000!
Sharjah Open Innovation Award
Help Sharjah shine! The Sharjah Police are looking for innovative ideas to help build communities post-COVID and revolutionise the UAE's recovery from the pandemic. Do you have ideas to put to work? Enter today! Entries welcome in Arabic and English from solvers worldwide.
Mayor of London Entrepreneur Challenge
Calling all London students! Sadiq Kahn, the Mayor of London, is launching his 2021 Entrepreneur Programme to look for the best ideas to change London for the better. 🚆 🌆 🇬🇧 Do you have what it takes? You could win funding and mentorship to make your dreams a reality. Enter today!
Young Leaders Access Program
\#GenZ: time to create real change in your community! The MCW Global Young Leaders Access Program is now accepting applications from young people aged 18 to 26 to participate in online learning courses to learn how to address issues of concern in their community. This training is free of charge to the selected participants. Apply before 1 March 2021!
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Why Challenges Fail
Do you know why challenges fail? Innovation challenges are run across a variety of sectors, from large global-scale challenges like Bounce Back Challenges or smaller-scale open innovation competitions held in communities or companies. But not every challenge will be successful--challenge organisers can be frustrated by a lack of strong entries or by low engagement from solvers.