InnoCentive and Museum of Science, Boston Launch New Challenge to Create the Next Great Large-Scale Science and Technology Exhibit

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WALTHAM, Mass. – September 29, 2010 – InnoCentive, Inc., the world leader in Challenge-based innovation, today announced it has issued a Challenge with the Museum of Science, Boston to create the next great science and technology exhibit. The large-scale exhibit will be developed and will debut in Boston before traveling around the globe.

“Our mission is to change the nation’s and the world’s relationship with science and technology,” said Paul Fontaine, Vice President of Education at the Museum of Science. “The science museum community has many ideas for exhibit topics, but we seek to tap the interests and experiences of a broad swath of the non-museum community for different perspectives that will diversify our thinking and identify original concepts.”

The theme of the exhibit can cover a wide spectrum of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, including but not limited to ancient cultures, the human-made world, natural history, earth and space exploration, and the practice and application of scientific and engineering thinking skills and habits of mind. In addition, it must be nationally and internationally appealing as well as multi-generational in appeal.

The exhibit will be approximately 8,000 to 10,000 square feet and will be hosted at an institution for between three and six months. Large scale temporary exhibits have helped bring inspiration, education and entertainment to the world whether bringing King Tut to America or Star Wars to Australia. It is the Museum of Science’s hope that this Challenge will provide the perfect exhibition for this era and this time and one that will provide awe and inspiration throughout the world.

“Through the Museum of Science efforts, families have been able to experience rich and inspirational worlds, concepts and ideas,” said Dwayne Spradlin, CEO of InnoCentive. “We are excited about this Challenge because it will truly inspire our Solvers’ creative abilities and inspire them to come up with new ways to think about their world and how they can influence the education of millions of people.”


About The Museum of Science

The Museum takes a hands-on approach to science, engineering and technology, attracting about 1.5 million visitors a year via its programs and 700 interactive exhibits. Founded in 1830, the Museum was first to embrace all the sciences under one roof. Highlights include the Thomson Theater of Electricity, Charles Hayden Planetarium, Mugar Omni Theater, Gordon Current Science & Technology Center, 3-D Digital Cinema and Butterfly Garden. Reaching 25,000 teens a year worldwide via the Intel Computer Clubhouse Network, the Museum also leads a multi-museum, $20 million National Science Foundation-funded nanotechnology education initiative. The Museum’s Science Is an Activity exhibit plan has been awarded many NSF grants and influenced science centers worldwide. Its National Center for Technological Literacy® aims to enhance knowledge of engineering and technology for people of all ages and inspire the next generation of engineers, inventors, and scientists. The Museum is ranked #3 by Parents Magazine in its list of the country’s “Ten Best Science Centers.” For more information visit


About InnoCentive, Inc.

Since 2001, InnoCentive has helped corporate, government, and non-profit organizations to better innovate through an open innovation methodology and comprehensive approach we call Challenge-driven innovation. InnoCentive’s innovation platform includes access to the InnoCentive Solver Network of over 200,000 engineers, scientists, inventors, business professionals, and research organizations in more than 200 countries and InnoCentive@Work – A Software as a Service platform that allows organizations to more effectively tap into the knowledge and expertise within their business networks to solve their most pressing problems InnoCentive ONRAMP and Consulting Services ensure rapid and successful start-up, and a sustainable Innovation program.

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For more information contact:
Joni Moore
Emerge PR for InnoCentive

Connie French
InnoCentive Marketing Director


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