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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.
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.
US Navy Challenge: Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) for Waterside Security
The US Navy has a requirement for an expeditionary security Unmanned Surface Vehicle (USV) that is modular and attritable (low-cost and unmanned that can be reused at least several times with minimal maintenance.) Given the expeditionary nature of the system, it must be produced or assembled at the point of need to provide the flexibility required to meet evolving mission needs. This Challenge seeks novel designs for a USV that can be shipped in a standard 20 foot shipping container, produced or assembled on site in less than two hours, and capable of carrying or towing a variety of payloads.
Shell GameChanger Challenge: Chemicals Decarbonisation
With the insidious effects of global climate change already drastically threatening life on earth, time is running out to decarbonise our economy and shift to green alternatives of energy and material production. Developing new and innovative methods to create the host of products upon which modern society depends is thus a huge challenge facing the green industrial revolution. Petrochemical giant Shell are seeking solutions to enable the decarbonisation of their chemical production line. The Shell GameChanger program is seeking collaborative proposals from companies with early to mid-stage technologies which could provide low-carbon solutions relevant to Shells current product portfolio.
Reliable Assessment of Cognitive Function
Multiple sclerosis is a chronic autoimmune disease of the central nervous system. Cognitive impairment is a sometimes neglected, yet common, sign and symptom with a profound effect on instrumental activities of daily living. Even before diagnosis, patients may experience cognitive dysfunction that manifests through symptoms such as memory lapses or difficulty with finding the right words in conversation. The Seeker desires a tool for assessing cognitive function and tracking performance over time, hopefully that patients can use on their own without medical supervision. Do you have ideas? You could win $20,000!
A2A Challenge: Food Glass Jar Waste Depackaging Systems
Ever wondered what happens to the unsold and unwanted food at the grocery store?.... Globally, one-third of all food produced for human consumption is wasted between the farm gates and your dinner plate. This equates to 1 billion tonnes of wasted food, with the vast majority destined for landfill. However, this doesn’t just mean billions of squandered meals and lost lasagnes. Approximately 6%-8% of all greenhouse gas emissions are derived from waste food production which is equivalent to 4.4 gigatons of carbon dioxide. Finding ways of reducing our food waste and cutting lost emissions is one of the biggest challenges facing society today.
Seeking Commercially Available Zinc-Rich Materials
Zinc is a metallic element with many uses from metal alloys to nutritional supplements to chemical additives. It is the 24th most common element in the Earth’s crust and the Seeker for this Challenge is interested in finding sources and potential partners to supply zinc-rich materials for use in oil based systems. The material may either be a metal organic, particulate or colloidal material, which is ideally readily soluble in oil or could, subject to simple chemical modification, be made to be soluble in oil. It must be at least 15% zinc by weight and should be readily available on at least a 100 ton per year scale. This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a preliminary proposal (about 2-4 pages, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by the Seeker with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, the Seeker may contact selected Solvers directly to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed upon time frame.
Biodiversity Innovations for Sustainability Improvement at Renewable Energy Plants
Enel Green Power is looking for new tools and techniques, enabling strategies aimed at improving the environmental sustainability and biodiversity preservation of its renewable installations, as photovoltaic plants both on land and floating, wind farms and/or hydroelectric plants. These solutions could be applied at all stages throughout a project’s life cycle, from early design, through the construction, operations and the decommissioning for new and existing plants. Do you have ideas? Apply below!
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.
US Navy Challenge: Rapid Design Tool for Advanced Manufacturing
Handwheels are regularly used on Naval ships and any particular ship may have hundreds of different variations. They’re used to open and close a wide variety of valves in all types of service locations and conditions, and can be made from a number of different materials from polymers to metals. These factors lead to a challenge for ships since it is untenable to keep a stock of every single variant onboard and this may result in delays as critical equipment lays dormant for want of a particular part. The viability of using additive manufacturing and other advanced techniques to produce a variety parts on demand has been demonstrated but challenges remain for both certification and design.
Food Planet Prize 2021
The Curt Bergfors Food Planet Prize aims to scale up and accelerate the development of groundbreaking initiatives with the potential to reinvent our food systems and help establish a sustainable Food Planet that supports the resilience and stability of the biosphere. A broad range of radical changes are urgently needed to transform our failing food system into a sustainable one. This is why the Food Planet Prize annually rewards both ready to scale projects with proven impact and innovative ideas that challenge, or even disrupt, current thinking and practices – with USD 1 million each.
SHV Sustainable Fuels
SHV Energy is a leading global distributor of off-grid energy such as fossil-based LPG and is also active in the area of sustainable fuels and renewable energy solutions. This challenge is exploring the following bio-based and renewable fuels: bioLPG, bioLNG, rDME, hydrogen and future fuels, such as ammonia, methanol and novel e-fuels. SHV Energy is calling for partners from the open innovation ecosystem to join the company in the exploration of novel and improved routes to biobased and renewable fuels.
SHV Cylinders Challenge
Health and Safety is considered the highest priority at SHV Energy. Their vision regarding Health and Safety is to have zero incidents in our entire value chain and manual handling is currently a key focus area to raise their standards. They are exploring technological solutions that enable safe transfer of cylinders between cages which are currently done manually by employees. Manual handling during transferring of cylinders between cages is Health and Safety risk to our employees. The employee faces manual handling outside the power zone of the body while conducting their task of transferring cylinders between cages with the potential to develop musculoskeletal disorders and encounter safety hazards.
EPA Water Toxicity Sensor Challenge
The effective removal of hazardous chemicals and substances from drinking water is vital in safeguarding human health and wellbeing. With many natural and man-made contaminants being released into the environment on a daily basis, how can we ensure that the water we drink is free from nasty chemicals? Hosted by the US Environmental Protection Agency, this challenge is requesting design solutions for a water toxicity sensor which can detect hazardous substances in drinking water. The sensor will need to be able to rapidly detect contaminants and quantify the magnitude to which one or more human toxicity pathways could be affected. A toxicity pathway is a series of inter-cellular events which regulate biological functioning and if sufficiently perturbed by a contaminant, can result in adverse health effects.
Electric Truck & Bus Challenge
Governor Cuomo of New York State is launching a campaign to support long-term, transformational electric medium- and heavy-duty vehicle solutions that support cost reduction, improve infrastructure, and address systemic challenges to expanded fleet electrification. The Electric Truck & Bus Challenge will award up to three grand prizes of $8 Million each to accelerate the electrification of medium- and heavy-duty vehicles and reduce air pollution and emissions in disadvantaged and other impacted communities in New York State.
Bounce Back Challenges
With a year of the COVID-19 pandemic past us, the world has begun to respond to our “new normal” in a variety of innovative ways--from online learning to schemes to support local businesses to new systems to reduce virus transmission. With cuts to employment and overall working hours being seen at levels four times those seen during the 2009 financial crisis, the biggest recovery challenges still lie ahead. The Bounce Back Challenges consist of two innovation challenge programmes: Bounce Back Ideas and Bounce Back Awards. The Ideas Programme seeks to find the best new ideas for addressing the socioeconomic effects of the pandemic, while Bounce Back Awards honours the individuals and organisations already leading our recovery, making sure we "bounce back" in an inclusive way.
UNDP Sustainable Fisheries Challenge
You’ve probably watched the Netflix film ‘Seaspiracy’ in the last few weeks, and if you haven’t, then you’ve almost certainly heard about it! For all the shows failings both in terms of scientific integrity and objectivity, the sensational narrative got people talking about issues surrounding the ocean and fisheries in a way that has never previously been achieved. However, despite Seaspiracy’s anti-fishing stance, it is important to remember that sustainable use of the global ocean is very possible and socio-economically crucial for many fishery-dependent communities around the globe. Read on to discover howyou could be central to improving the lives of millions of people around the world and innovating the field of fisheries science.
Applications for Novel Water Soluble Surfactant
Perhaps one of the most versatile and widely used products in the chemical industry, surfactants (or surface-active agents) are molecules which are capable of adsorbing across differing physical phases of a chemical mixture. High chemical versatility makes surfactants a vital component of a myriad of everyday products from ice-cream and mayonnaise to washing detergent and adhesives. The seeker has developed a novel surfactant molecule designed for application in aqueous environments which is currently utilised to remove burnt carbon deposits from metallic surfaces. The ability of a molecule to bind across different states of matter and reduce surface tensions between compounds could have underestimated worth within a wide range of commercial and industrial sectors. To expand the scope of this technology, the seeker is interested in identifying collaborative partners who could assist in developing alternative applications for this new and underexplored molecule. This is an electronic request-for-partners (eRFP) challenge. To apply, the solver must write a preliminary proposal of a maximum of four pages which includes supporting non-confidential information and relevant contact details. Proposals will then be evaluated by the seeker with selected solvers contacted to work out terms for a collaboration contract. The monetary value of the contract will vary depending on the amount of work to be delivered and the agreed time frame.
Excavating and Repairing Low Voltage Underground Networks
Underground cables are a vital component of modern day living. Today, underground cable networks are used extensively through-out the world to power a range of quintessentially post-COVID activities including remote working, home cooking, and streaming your favourite shows on Netflix. The idea of underground cables is not an overly novel concept, with subterranean power transmission dating back centuries. However, recent technological improvements have made underground cable infrastructure drastically more accessible, with lower likelihoods of storm damages and service connection issues drastically reducing operating costs compared to more traditional overhead cable technologies. Many cities throughout Europe and the Americas are now gradually transitioning away from ugly overhead cable eyesores towards more efficient underground alternatives.
Affordable Water Harvesting for Low-Income Households in Urban Areas
In Mexico City, over 36% of residents cannot regularly access clean water, with frequent supply cuts leaving families without access to basic sanitation services. This is despite Mexico receiving up to 40 inches of rainfall per year, with torrential downpours commonly saturating city drainage and flooding low-lying neighbourhoods. Habitat for Humanity is looking for new and innovative water collection and purification solutions which can be implemented through-out low income urban areas of Mexico City. The solution will need to include an effective rainwater receptacle alongside a purification/filtration mechanism through which impurities and hazardous aqueous compounds can be removed. Low-cost solutions will be favourably viewed which enable mass distribution across the city.
Future Food Tech
Switching to a plant-based diet is one of the best choices you can make to help protect our environment. Vegan protein alternatives make this transition easier! Quorn and Roquette, two of the biggest vegetarian/vegan food companies in the world, are looking for new innovations in plant-based foods. Could you have what it takes?
Designing and Developing a Smart Helmet
Operators performing work on low voltage (LV) electric systems must wear protective clothing and equipment. In particular, the helmet is designed to protect users from accidental injury caused by electrical and nonelectrical hazards. Working conditions can include high temperatures and humidity, making the helmet difficult to wear for extended periods. Recent advances in sensor technology (wearable devices) and augmented reality have made it possible for operators to work in safer conditions, and Enel has experimented with several solutions to implement those solutions for its field workers. Therefore, Enel is interested in developing a comfortable smart helmet that offers the same level of mechanical and electrical protection as a standard helmet. Do you have ideas for new and innovative PPE for electrical safety? Enter today!
Deep Space Food Challenge
Order up in space! Join the Deep Space Food Challenge to help bring innovative food production technologies to space and Earth! NASA and the Canadian Space Agency have teamed up to look for food for the next frontier, focusing on long-duration space missions. Recognition and ideation prizes are available to teams in the United States, Canada, and internationally.
Innovation for Decommissioning Fuel Storage Tanks
The fight against climate change is currently one of the main challenges that companies have to face. Enel is at the forefront of driving the effort towards a sustainable energy system in line with the UN’s Sustainable Development Goal for Climate Action, which is at the heart of its strategy. To reach this goal, Enel Global Power Generation will leverage innovative solutions to dismantle coal power plants in a safe and sustainable way. In particular, Enel Global Power Generation is looking for a new technical solution to dismantle big fuel storage tanks, avoiding manual cutting activities and working at heights.
ACHEMA Water Management Challenge
MAIN-Hack is primarily about your creativity and about linking existing or evolving technologies with each other and developing completely new approaches to water management. Participants in MAIN-Hack have the opportunity to build their professional network and gain visibility with their solutions and ideas. Sponsored by Technologieland Hessen, this Hackathon is now open for your solutions!
Waitrose & Partners Payment Operation Challenge
Data solutions needed! The world of retail is constantly evolving and Waitrose is working to make sure they are always at the forefront of market-leading innovation and new technologies that will shape the self-serve shopping experience of the future.
L'Oreal Canada: Transforming Consumer Beauty
L’Oréal Canada, Canada’s leading cosmetics company, is looking to transform the future of beauty alongside the tech and startup community to stay ahead of the curve and change consumption of beauty in response to COVID-19. Take part in L’Oréal’s mission of becoming a leader in the beauty-tech space and put digital at the service of its consumers. Winners will have access to funding as well as partnership and mentorship opportunities with the beauty experts at L'Oreal. Enter today and put your ideas to work!
iGEM Foundation Competition
The International Genetically Engineered Machine (iGEM) Foundation is looking for bright students to advance synthetic biology in a collaborative community - register your team today! The iGEM Competition gives students the opportunity to push the boundaries of synthetic biology by tackling everyday issues facing the world. Made up of primarily university students, multidisciplinary teams work together to design, build, test, and measure a system of their own design using interchangeable biological parts and standard molecular biology techniques. Every year nearly 6,000 people dedicate their summer to iGEM and then come together in the fall to present their work and compete at the annual Jamboree.
NASA's Lunar Delivery Challenge
\ Building a base camp on the moon is no small task, 🌕🚀 from small scientific instruments to large rovers to habitat modules. NASA and HeroX are looking for ideas that address how to unpack payloads from lunar landers. \ \ You can win up to $25,000 - enter today!
Sustainable Food & Agriculture Innovation Award
Since 2018, @fao and the Federal Government of Switzerland encourage innovation by recognizing best practices through the International Innovation Award for Sustainable Food and Agriculture. Do you have ideas for creating a more #sustainable agriculture and #foodtech in the future? Your ideas could win you a $30,000 prize!
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Visual Indicator of Disinfectant Effectiveness
Looking for ideas for disinfectant systems that give a visual clue, ideally, a colour change, when they have lost their disinfecting properties, so they can be discarded just in time. Do you know how to achieve this? You could win up to $10,000.
Development of a Systems Pharmacology Model
Studying the effects of drugs injected into the human eye is a huge challenge due to invasive sampling methods. @novartis is looking for computational models that can help to replace these invasive methods. \ If you are a \#computerscientist with an interest in \#healthtech, this is an incredible opportunity to work with a pharmaceutical giant. Check out more information at the link in our bio.
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Our Reality: Distracted Driving
Have you ever sent a text while driving?
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?
Our Reality: Climate Change
Earlier this year, XPRIZE teamed up with the world’s second richest person, Elon Musk, to create the largest incentive prize in history in an attempt to combat humanities greatest and most pressing concern – climate change.
Our Reality: Sanitation
Living without a toilet is a lot more common than you think! Around 2 billion people worldwide do not have consistent access to even basic sanitation facilities. Even those who do have access to toilets and latrines may live in an area where wastewater is not properly treated. Urban and rural areas alike are affected by this problem!
The School of Good Ideas #6: Lateral and Linear Thinking
Do you know the difference between lateral and linear thinking?
Celebrating World Oceans Day!
Human-kind has always been fascinated and awe-inspired by the mysteriousness and idiosyncrasy of the ocean. From the times of Moby Dick and Jacques Cousteau’s ‘The Silent World’ to Steven Spielberg’s ‘Jaws’ and cinematic David Attenborough documentaries, we have always been mesmerised by the weird and wonderful underwater realm with which we share planet Earth. For World Oceans Day 2021, Global Crowd is celebrating the importance of the global ocean and the innovative technologies which are helping preserve marine biological diversity and promote sustainable resource-use.
The School of Good Ideas #5: Submissions
So you've found a great open innovation challenge and you have an amazing idea. But how do you make sure your submission is the strongest it can be?
Our Reality: Sustainable Fishing
Have you seen the new Netflix documentary Seaspiracy? It's attracted a lot of attention lately!
The School of Good Ideas: Lesson #2
Many good ideas arise from something pre-existing; the technology has been created, but there are opportunities for new applications or the technology does not yet exist. The observation of problems can be found in everyday life. Let's start thinking about how the things we do every day can be done better. Here are our best 7 tips for identifying your best ideas and opportunities!
The School of Good Ideas: Lesson #1
Time for the #TheSchoolOfGoodIdeas!
Our Reality: Malaria Prevention in Kenya
For many, a mosquito bite can just be a pesky annoyance and a side effect of a summer BBQ. But in many places, mosquito bites can be deadly--carrying mosquito-borne diseases such as malaria. This #WorldMalariaDay, we want to talk not only about the issue of this disease, but what can be done to stop it.
Introducing Global Crowd
We decided to create Global Crowd, a collective platform to showcase innovation challenge across a wide range of industries. The challenges we feature operate on a worldwide scale and feature seekers looking for simple ideas all the way to complex functioning projects. Innovation challenges, prizes, and competitions are an incredible opportunity for companies to draw on knowledge from a collective crowd and pursue new ideas. But the benefits of these programmes are often overlooked in terms of the innovators themselves. When an organisation releases an innovation challenge, it opens up and shares with the public an important problem. This information can be very useful in itself, as it allows innovators to develop propositions, solutions, technology, and research that is relevant and necessary. These developments can be like a window into the future — the next world leader of innovation could be among our ranks.