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ABSTRACT

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been in use since the 1940s and are found in a wide array of consumer and industrial products. A key characteristic of PFAS chemicals are the carbon-fluoride bonds which are extremely difficult to break. Hence, the Seeker is interested in finding an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for PFAS removal as part of the water treatment process.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

PFAS is often referred to as a “forever chemical” since it does not break down in nature or with traditional destruction techniques. PFAS have been reported in public and private drinking water systems, wastewater treatment systems, and groundwater. Since the chemical is a suspected carcinogen in humans, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and many states have health advisory levels for certain PFAS in drinking water. The US EPA plans to propose maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for certain PFAS. There are already drinking water treatment systems and groundwater remediation systems treating PFAS. If MCLs are established, there will be many water and remediation systems throughout the country that will need to add PFAS treatment. A few technologies are capable of sequestering and separating PFAS from water, however, these procedures are expensive. Therefore, this represents an emerging opportunity and the Seeker would like to identify a more effective and efficient approach to be applied to water treatment and environmental remediation activities.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer their exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights to the Seeker. However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 17, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

CHALLENGE PRIZE

  • The Seeker may award a total prize pool of $50,000. The minimum full award amount is $30,000. Partial awards may be considered for solutions that meet some, but not all, of the criteria. The Seeker will allocate higher individual award amounts for solutions that remove and destroy PFAS compounds.
  • Depending on the results of this Challenge and the availability of funds, winning Solver(s) may be invited to another competition to reduce their solution(s) to practice. Solvers should state whether they have the interest and ability to participate in a subsequent development phase.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Founded in 1913, Stanley Consultants is an industry-leading, member-owned engineering firm with a rich history of helping clients across the globe solve complex challenges ranging from energy and transportation to water and industry. We’re committed to forging long-term relationships with clients, and have a passion for creative, innovative problem solving. Our culture puts People First, and our members are our company. Discover more about our approach, what we believe in and what sets Stanley Consultants apart from the competition.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must transfer all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

Per- and polyfluoroalkyl substances (PFAS) are a group of synthetic chemicals that have been in use since the 1940s and are found in a wide array of consumer and industrial products. A key characteristic of PFAS chemicals are the carbon-fluoride bonds which are extremely difficult to break. Hence, the Seeker is interested in finding an environmentally friendly and cost-effective solution for PFAS removal as part of the water treatment process.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

PFAS is often referred to as a “forever chemical” since it does not break down in nature or with traditional destruction techniques. PFAS have been reported in public and private drinking water systems, wastewater treatment systems, and groundwater. Since the chemical is a suspected carcinogen in humans, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (US EPA) and many states have health advisory levels for certain PFAS in drinking water. The US EPA plans to propose maximum contaminant levels (MCLs) for certain PFAS. There are already drinking water treatment systems and groundwater remediation systems treating PFAS. If MCLs are established, there will be many water and remediation systems throughout the country that will need to add PFAS treatment. A few technologies are capable of sequestering and separating PFAS from water, however, these procedures are expensive. Therefore, this represents an emerging opportunity and the Seeker would like to identify a more effective and efficient approach to be applied to water treatment and environmental remediation activities.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer their exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights to the Seeker. However, the Seeker will be willing to consider a licensing agreement for a partial award if exclusive IP cannot be transferred by the Solver.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 17, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

CHALLENGE PRIZE

  • The Seeker may award a total prize pool of $50,000. The minimum full award amount is $30,000. Partial awards may be considered for solutions that meet some, but not all, of the criteria. The Seeker will allocate higher individual award amounts for solutions that remove and destroy PFAS compounds.
  • Depending on the results of this Challenge and the availability of funds, winning Solver(s) may be invited to another competition to reduce their solution(s) to practice. Solvers should state whether they have the interest and ability to participate in a subsequent development phase.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Founded in 1913, Stanley Consultants is an industry-leading, member-owned engineering firm with a rich history of helping clients across the globe solve complex challenges ranging from energy and transportation to water and industry. We’re committed to forging long-term relationships with clients, and have a passion for creative, innovative problem solving. Our culture puts People First, and our members are our company. Discover more about our approach, what we believe in and what sets Stanley Consultants apart from the competition.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must transfer all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an eRFP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the Wazoku Crowd Solver network. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

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OVERVIEW

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What is Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must transfer all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

 

OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an eRFP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the Wazoku Crowd Solver network. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

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ABSTRACT

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OVERVIEW

<Content>

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver's concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical IP Transfer Challenge, meaning that Solvers must transfer all rights to the Intellectual Property (IP) for which they are awarded. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

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OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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The Industry Data for Society Partnership (IDSP) believes that openly available data has a key role to play in addressing societal challenges.

The IDSP and the Open Data Institute are launching the Data for Local Environments Challenge to highlight the role publicly available data can play in better understanding how local governments can improve local environments, such as reaching their net zero goals.

The problem we want to solve 

Our local environment impacts the way we live, our health, the quality of the air that we breathe and the local biodiversity around us. Cumulatively, addressing local environmental issues impacts our climate. The decisions of local governments will affect our lives and the world around us. From managing local services to meeting net zero goals, local governments are making decisions that impact our lives and help address climate change.

A large number of local authorities have declared climate emergencies and launched ambitious climate emergency plans seeking to achieve carbon neutrality in the 2030s. For local government officials, access to data, including data that the private sector can make available, as well as the ability to draw insights from it will be critical to achieving these goals.

But it has been challenging for local governments to understand what data is accessible to them and how to use it to generate insights and solutions, and what additional data could be used to improve their understanding. Some of the questions we would like participants to consider include: 

  • What steps can local governments take to improve the local environment?
  • What kinds of data are most useful for understanding their progress to net zero and developing solutions to make further progress? 
  • What kinds of replicable data use and analysis techniques can local governments use to make the most of existing data relevant to their environmental goals such as achieving net zero? 
  • What additional data, particularly from industry, would be most useful for local governments in developing or achieving their environmental goals and actions?
  • How can open data be made more usable and what types of data infrastructure are needed?
  • How can data portals be improved to increase usability for local governments?
  • What questions are material to making use of data to improve the environment?
  • What OSS tools are available to help translate data into insights for decision-making?

Challenge Outcome

We believe that data the private sector shares, or helps to curate, can be used to help governments improve the local environment. For example, data regarding electrical distribution networks, when combined with other open data, can help local governments determine how best to support green initiatives such as electric vehicle roll out schemes. Near real time environmental data available can help identify how government resources can be prioritized. We are seeking teams to evaluate the current state of local government plans and progress to improve the local environment such as reaching net zero goals and suggest innovative solutions using publicly available data to further that progress. We would like teams to identify gaps in how such localities are using data to develop those plans, and suggest innovative, realistic, and replicable ways that they can use available datasets to address these gaps and improve the ability of all locales to make progress on environmental goals through data.  

Innovative solutions should focus on at least one of these aspects: 

  • The steps governments can take to reach sustainability goals such as achieving net zero emissions. 
  • Techniques to use data to analyze and develop plans and actions to reach said goals.
  • Identification of relevant datasets currently available and additional data that could be made available to improve such analysis and support proposed solutions. 
  • Identify opportunities to improve data provision by considering how data can be made more usable and what data infrastructure is needed.
  • Help organizations publish more usable open data.

Challenge Data

The Industry Data for Society Partnership is highlighting publicly available data that is relevant to this Challenge, including private sector data that the members have opened and curated. In the energy transition space, we have identified data under the following themes or areas:

  • Electricity generation;
  • Equity;
  • Transport and mobility;
  • Heat and buildings;
  • Land use and the environment; 
  • Economic benefits; and
  • Green jobs and skills.

UK Power Networks’ Open Data Portal has regional electricity network and innovation project data;

UK Power Networks’ Local Area Energy Plan page – identified 154 unique datasets useful for 30 Net Zero use cases;

UK Power Networks’ DSO Dashboard – real-time operation data on each part of our local networks listed by Grid Supply Points (GSP), where our network connects to National Grid;

Microsoft’s Planetary Computer Data Catalogue; and

LinkedIn Global Green Skills Report 2022

We encourage participants to use these openly available datasets to answer the Challenge questions, and we welcome teams to use any further relevant datasets they have access to, and are free to use, for the purpose of the Challenge. 

Audiences

We welcome participants from any background, field, and location. We believe that people who have the most relevant skills to be involved in the Challenge are:   

  • People with mathematics/statistics/data analysis knowledge: 
    • University students from courses such as statistics, mathematics, data science, computer science, etc. 
    • Data analysts/data scientists 
    • Start-ups and scale-ups looking for data
  • Those with expertise in the field of sustainability and net zero emissions, including but not limited to:
    • Environmental/societal scientists
    • Urban planners
    • Policy makers  
    • Academics  
    • Net zero-focused nonprofits, charities, and social enterprises
  • Policy makers who would be interested in the outcome of the Challenge:  
    • Local government officials and employees
    • Government ministers and civil servants in environment and sustainability departments  
  • International organisations with sustainability by local governments as part of their mission.
  • Organisations and companies that provide services to local governments.

Learning tools for participants

Participants will have access to resources from members of the IDSP and the Open Data Institute, including: 

From Microsoft

From UK Power Networks

From the ODI 

  • Guide for data users on data licensing
  • ODI eLearning modules:
  • Guide on how to anonymise datasets for participants that want to contribute their own data
  • The Data Sharing Toolkit contains seven eLearning modules with supporting case studies, checklists, cheat sheets and guides.
  • The Data Landscape Playbook contains helpful tools and guidance for your data project.

Webinars

We will be holding webinars in January to provide further information on some of the openly available sets that the partnership has made available, as well as a webinar on how to use openly available data before registration opens.

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The Industry Data for Society Partnership (IDSP) believes that openly available data has a key role to play in addressing societal challenges.

The IDSP and the Open Data Institute are launching the Data for Local Environments Challenge to highlight the role publicly available data can play in better understanding how local governments can improve local environments, such as reaching their net zero goals.

The problem we want to solve 

Our local environment impacts the way we live, our health, the quality of the air that we breathe and the local biodiversity around us. Cumulatively, addressing local environmental issues impacts our climate. The decisions of local governments will affect our lives and the world around us. From managing local services to meeting net zero goals, local governments are making decisions that impact our lives and help address climate change.

A large number of local authorities have declared climate emergencies and launched ambitious climate emergency plans seeking to achieve carbon neutrality in the 2030s. For local government officials, access to data, including data that the private sector can make available, as well as the ability to draw insights from it will be critical to achieving these goals.

But it has been challenging for local governments to understand what data is accessible to them and how to use it to generate insights and solutions, and what additional data could be used to improve their understanding. Some of the questions we would like participants to consider include: 

  • What steps can local governments take to improve the local environment?
  • What kinds of data are most useful for understanding their progress to net zero and developing solutions to make further progress? 
  • What kinds of replicable data use and analysis techniques can local governments use to make the most of existing data relevant to their environmental goals such as achieving net zero? 
  • What additional data, particularly from industry, would be most useful for local governments in developing or achieving their environmental goals and actions?
  • How can open data be made more usable and what types of data infrastructure are needed?
  • How can data portals be improved to increase usability for local governments?
  • What questions are material to making use of data to improve the environment?
  • What OSS tools are available to help translate data into insights for decision-making?

Challenge Outcome

We believe that data the private sector shares, or helps to curate, can be used to help governments improve the local environment. For example, data regarding electrical distribution networks, when combined with other open data, can help local governments determine how best to support green initiatives such as electric vehicle roll out schemes. Near real time environmental data available can help identify how government resources can be prioritized. We are seeking teams to evaluate the current state of local government plans and progress to improve the local environment such as reaching net zero goals and suggest innovative solutions using publicly available data to further that progress. We would like teams to identify gaps in how such localities are using data to develop those plans, and suggest innovative, realistic, and replicable ways that they can use available datasets to address these gaps and improve the ability of all locales to make progress on environmental goals through data.  

Innovative solutions should focus on at least one of these aspects: 

  • The steps governments can take to reach sustainability goals such as achieving net zero emissions. 
  • Techniques to use data to analyze and develop plans and actions to reach said goals.
  • Identification of relevant datasets currently available and additional data that could be made available to improve such analysis and support proposed solutions. 
  • Identify opportunities to improve data provision by considering how data can be made more usable and what data infrastructure is needed.
  • Help organizations publish more usable open data.

Challenge Data

The Industry Data for Society Partnership is highlighting publicly available data that is relevant to this Challenge, including private sector data that the members have opened and curated. In the energy transition space, we have identified data under the following themes or areas:

  • Electricity generation;
  • Equity;
  • Transport and mobility;
  • Heat and buildings;
  • Land use and the environment; 
  • Economic benefits; and
  • Green jobs and skills.

UK Power Networks’ Open Data Portal has regional electricity network and innovation project data;

UK Power Networks’ Local Area Energy Plan page – identified 154 unique datasets useful for 30 Net Zero use cases;

UK Power Networks’ DSO Dashboard – real-time operation data on each part of our local networks listed by Grid Supply Points (GSP), where our network connects to National Grid;

Microsoft’s Planetary Computer Data Catalogue; and

LinkedIn Global Green Skills Report 2022

We encourage participants to use these openly available datasets to answer the Challenge questions, and we welcome teams to use any further relevant datasets they have access to, and are free to use, for the purpose of the Challenge. 

Audiences

We welcome participants from any background, field, and location. We believe that people who have the most relevant skills to be involved in the Challenge are:   

  • People with mathematics/statistics/data analysis knowledge: 
    • University students from courses such as statistics, mathematics, data science, computer science, etc. 
    • Data analysts/data scientists 
    • Start-ups and scale-ups looking for data
  • Those with expertise in the field of sustainability and net zero emissions, including but not limited to:
    • Environmental/societal scientists
    • Urban planners
    • Policy makers  
    • Academics  
    • Net zero-focused nonprofits, charities, and social enterprises
  • Policy makers who would be interested in the outcome of the Challenge:  
    • Local government officials and employees
    • Government ministers and civil servants in environment and sustainability departments  
  • International organisations with sustainability by local governments as part of their mission.
  • Organisations and companies that provide services to local governments.

Learning tools for participants

Participants will have access to resources from members of the IDSP and the Open Data Institute, including: 

From Microsoft

From UK Power Networks

From the ODI 

  • Guide for data users on data licensing
  • ODI eLearning modules:
  • Guide on how to anonymise datasets for participants that want to contribute their own data
  • The Data Sharing Toolkit contains seven eLearning modules with supporting case studies, checklists, cheat sheets and guides.
  • The Data Landscape Playbook contains helpful tools and guidance for your data project.

Webinars

We will be holding webinars in January to provide further information on some of the openly available sets that the partnership has made available, as well as a webinar on how to use openly available data before registration opens.

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ABSTRACT

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This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

 

OVERVIEW

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What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

According to the most recent research by the Economist Intelligent Unit [1], fraudulent behavior and illegal connections in the electricity distribution network reported by energy companies have increased significantly in recent years. These behaviors generally result in a discrepancy between the amount of energy declared by the consumer versus the amount actually used, leading to accounting problems and significant financial losses for the energy company. However, early detection of energy fraud is not particularly well developed because it relies on rather complex predictive systems. For these reasons, A2A is looking for advanced analytics software systems that can support it in identifying and preventing fraudulent behavior in its network, optimizing the number of checks and thus reducing the costs associated with them.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and experimental proof-of-concept data if available. The Seeker will test promising solutions for their ability to meet the requirements of the Challenge.

 

OVERVIEW

Utilities provide an essential service, supplying electricity to homes, businesses, and factories and monitoring the consumption of individual customers, capturing data to further develop their services. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, however, many European companies have reported that financial losses due to fraud (estimated at up to 5 percent of the company's annual profit) are on the rise as fraud techniques have become increasingly sophisticated in identifying companies' weaknesses.

As a result of this trend, there has been an increase in the imbalance between energy billed and energy supplied, termed "non-technical losses" to differentiate it from technical losses related to power grid malfunctions. Actual methods of committing fraud include:

  1. Tampering with the meter and connection to the riser (this is a modification that is made inside the meter: the contacts that register the absorption are opened and welded).
  2. Direct connections to the network before the meter to bypass it.
  3. Tampering with the meter to slow down or stop the consumption through a magnet.
  4. Simply by connecting to the distribution network without having a contract with the company or a meter.

For these reasons, A2A is looking for proven software systems that can model the consumer's energy consumption behavior under normal conditions and monitoring it to detect anomalies that indicate fraudulent activity, achieving a higher detection rate than current methodology.

The Challenge award is subject to theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted solutions by A2A.

To receive the award, Solvers must transfer their exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights to the solution to A2A. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 3, 2023.

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of A2A Group and their families are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

        

ABOUT THE SEEKER

The A2A Group is the largest Italian multi utility, at the forefront of territorial services and technological solutions for ten years, with one hundred years of history and experience. We design smart and sustainable cities, with respect for the people who live there, we are protagonists of energy transition and we implement the principle of the circular economy in all of our activities. With a far-reaching strategic plan, we manage the generation, sale and distribution of electricity and gas, district heating, waste collection and recovery, e-mobility, public lighting and the integrated water services.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

Wazoku Crowd is looking for your expertise!

Wazoku Crowd is searching for Subject Matter Experts with a background in Clean Technology. This includes, but is not limited to:

  • More powerful fuel cells
  • Solar powered light sources
  • Waste technology optimization
  • Innovative sources of sustainable energy

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

 

OVERVIEW

Occasionally, Wazoku Crowd’s Seekers identify Challenges that are beyond their technical know-how. At the same time, Solvers in the Wazoku Crowd have a wide range of backgrounds and expertise. Therefore, Wazoku Crowd is looking for interested individuals with the time and inclination to assist in all aspects of the Challenge process: from Challenge discovery and design to solution evaluation and development.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge. The Solver will write a proposal (about 2-4 pages, including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by Wazoku Crowd with a goal of establishing a collaborative partnership. Upon completion of the evaluation, Wazoku Crowd 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 time frame.

[NOTE: Only proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work as a collaboration partner will be considered.]

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on March 31, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an eRFP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the Wazoku Crowd Solver network. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

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ABSTRACT

According to the most recent research by the Economist Intelligent Unit [1], fraudulent behavior and illegal connections in the electricity distribution network reported by energy companies have increased significantly in recent years. These behaviors generally result in a discrepancy between the amount of energy declared by the consumer versus the amount actually used, leading to accounting problems and significant financial losses for the energy company. However, early detection of energy fraud is not particularly well developed because it relies on rather complex predictive systems. For these reasons, A2A is looking for advanced analytics software systems that can support it in identifying and preventing fraudulent behavior in its network, optimizing the number of checks and thus reducing the costs associated with them.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and experimental proof-of-concept data if available. The Seeker will test promising solutions for their ability to meet the requirements of the Challenge.

 

OVERVIEW

Utilities provide an essential service, supplying electricity to homes, businesses, and factories and monitoring the consumption of individual customers, capturing data to further develop their services. According to the Economist Intelligence Unit, however, many European companies have reported that financial losses due to fraud (estimated at up to 5 percent of the company's annual profit) are on the rise as fraud techniques have become increasingly sophisticated in identifying companies' weaknesses.

As a result of this trend, there has been an increase in the imbalance between energy billed and energy supplied, termed "non-technical losses" to differentiate it from technical losses related to power grid malfunctions. Actual methods of committing fraud include:

  1. Tampering with the meter and connection to the riser (this is a modification that is made inside the meter: the contacts that register the absorption are opened and welded).
  2. Direct connections to the network before the meter to bypass it.
  3. Tampering with the meter to slow down or stop the consumption through a magnet.
  4. Simply by connecting to the distribution network without having a contract with the company or a meter.

For these reasons, A2A is looking for proven software systems that can model the consumer's energy consumption behavior under normal conditions and monitoring it to detect anomalies that indicate fraudulent activity, achieving a higher detection rate than current methodology.

The Challenge award is subject to theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted solutions by A2A.

To receive the award, Solvers must transfer their exclusive intellectual property (IP) rights to the solution to A2A. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 3, 2023.

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of A2A Group and their families are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

        

ABOUT THE SEEKER

The A2A Group is the largest Italian multi utility, at the forefront of territorial services and technological solutions for ten years, with one hundred years of history and experience. We design smart and sustainable cities, with respect for the people who live there, we are protagonists of energy transition and we implement the principle of the circular economy in all of our activities. With a far-reaching strategic plan, we manage the generation, sale and distribution of electricity and gas, district heating, waste collection and recovery, e-mobility, public lighting and the integrated water services.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

A2A manages many construction sites where installation, maintenance, repair, demolition, conservation, or dismantling of pipelines in different materials are carried out. These activities are characterized by a continuous progression of work, usually in the city center, where traffic management could be a problem, at a speed that can vary from some meters to a few kilometers per day.

The "no-dig technologies” represent an excellent sustainable alternative to traditional interventions as they allow the operation of infrastructures linked to the citizen services sector (generally sewers, aqueducts, gas transport and distribution networks), minimizing or completely eliminating open pit excavations. These alternative technologies are of low environmental impact, less dangerous, equally reliable and less invasive, especially in terms of social discomfort and degradation of the surface or road pavement compared to traditional ones.

A2A is looking for a collaborator, a supplier or a partner capable of providing technologies that allow the drilling and/or restoration of underground pipelines, avoiding costly and polluting operations such as excavations, and all the related activities.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

 

OVERVIEW

No-dig technologies, especially if intended in the urban context, are a valid alternative to traditional installation techniques while maintaining proper respect for the environment in many situations such as crossings of roads, railways, waterways, historic centers, flanking urban roads with high traffic, maintenance of underground services, rehabilitation without removal of old pipes. 

There are many types of no-dig excavations, based on the type of intervention to be carried out. Some examples are the relining, a very efficient method used to rehabilitate existing pipes by inserting in new pipes, with a smaller diameter, or drilling solution that respects the precious flooring of the city center where it is necessary to carry out the relining in order to not occupy the entire area of working which could be dedicated to car parking or pedestrian zone, or again the upgrade of a gas pipeline in critical points of the city. The fact of having created a new infrastructure or replaced an existing one without using new raw materials, without digging trenches and without resorting to any superficial demolition, makes relining and any no-dig technology an efficient, safe and above all sustainable way of carrying out maintenance and replacements within the distribution network, simplifying the operations of that portion of the territory from the point of view of time constraints and planning space.

A2A is looking for an official partner to install new infrastructure or rehabilitate existing infrastructure through no-dig technologies or other innovative technologies to make construction sites less inconvenient, yielding faster repairs while reducing the interruption times of services, making it more sustainable for the environment and citizens.

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.

Proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work directly as the collaboration partner or supplier will be considered first. The Seeker will also consider proposals from other Solvers who refer a suitable candidate as a partner for a “finder’s fee” of $2,000 USD if convinced the candidate is worth contacting. See full description for details.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 3, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of A2A Group and their families are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge. 

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

The A2A Group is the largest Italian multi utility, at the forefront of territorial services and technological solutions for ten years, with one hundred years of history and experience. We design smart and sustainable cities, with respect for the people who live there, we are protagonists of energy transition and we implement the principle of the circular economy in all of our activities. With a far-reaching strategic plan, we manage the generation, sale and distribution of electricity and gas, district heating, waste collection and recovery, e-mobility, public lighting and the integrated water services.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an eRFP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the Wazoku Crowd Solver network. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

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ABSTRACT

A2A manages many construction sites where installation, maintenance, repair, demolition, conservation, or dismantling of pipelines in different materials are carried out. These activities are characterized by a continuous progression of work, usually in the city center, where traffic management could be a problem, at a speed that can vary from some meters to a few kilometers per day.

The "no-dig technologies” represent an excellent sustainable alternative to traditional interventions as they allow the operation of infrastructures linked to the citizen services sector (generally sewers, aqueducts, gas transport and distribution networks), minimizing or completely eliminating open pit excavations. These alternative technologies are of low environmental impact, less dangerous, equally reliable and less invasive, especially in terms of social discomfort and degradation of the surface or road pavement compared to traditional ones.

A2A is looking for a collaborator, a supplier or a partner capable of providing technologies that allow the drilling and/or restoration of underground pipelines, avoiding costly and polluting operations such as excavations, and all the related activities.

This is an electronic Request-for-Partners (eRFP) Challenge; the Solver will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by the Seeker with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

 

OVERVIEW

No-dig technologies, especially if intended in the urban context, are a valid alternative to traditional installation techniques while maintaining proper respect for the environment in many situations such as crossings of roads, railways, waterways, historic centers, flanking urban roads with high traffic, maintenance of underground services, rehabilitation without removal of old pipes. 

There are many types of no-dig excavations, based on the type of intervention to be carried out. Some examples are the relining, a very efficient method used to rehabilitate existing pipes by inserting in new pipes, with a smaller diameter, or drilling solution that respects the precious flooring of the city center where it is necessary to carry out the relining in order to not occupy the entire area of working which could be dedicated to car parking or pedestrian zone, or again the upgrade of a gas pipeline in critical points of the city. The fact of having created a new infrastructure or replaced an existing one without using new raw materials, without digging trenches and without resorting to any superficial demolition, makes relining and any no-dig technology an efficient, safe and above all sustainable way of carrying out maintenance and replacements within the distribution network, simplifying the operations of that portion of the territory from the point of view of time constraints and planning space.

A2A is looking for an official partner to install new infrastructure or rehabilitate existing infrastructure through no-dig technologies or other innovative technologies to make construction sites less inconvenient, yielding faster repairs while reducing the interruption times of services, making it more sustainable for the environment and citizens.

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.

Proposals from Solvers who have the ability to work directly as the collaboration partner or supplier will be considered first. The Seeker will also consider proposals from other Solvers who refer a suitable candidate as a partner for a “finder’s fee” of $2,000 USD if convinced the candidate is worth contacting. See full description for details.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 3, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

 

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of A2A Group and their families are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge. 

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

The A2A Group is the largest Italian multi utility, at the forefront of territorial services and technological solutions for ten years, with one hundred years of history and experience. We design smart and sustainable cities, with respect for the people who live there, we are protagonists of energy transition and we implement the principle of the circular economy in all of our activities. With a far-reaching strategic plan, we manage the generation, sale and distribution of electricity and gas, district heating, waste collection and recovery, e-mobility, public lighting and the integrated water services.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an eRFP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd eRFP Challenge allows Seekers to submit Requests for Proposals for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to solve a business challenge by leveraging the Wazoku Crowd Solver network. This global community includes organizations and individuals, such as contract research organizations, scientists, university researchers, and technology companies.

After a Solver submits an eRFP response, the Seeker evaluates the responses to determine which Solver(s) to contact for further business discussions. With eRFPs, the Solver must not provide any confidential information in the eRFP response. If your eRFP response is selected, you negotiate the terms of the contract (including scope of work, tasks and duration) directly with the Seeker.

This Challenge type does not require Intellectual Property (IP) transfer. However, sometimes Seekers request that certain IP arrangements be made should a partnership be formed.

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ABSTRACT

Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) involves the farming of species from different trophic levels (nutritional positions) in the same system. A well-balanced system can become truly circular, satisfying the needs of the system from within, and limiting the exchange with the external world to a minimum. The Seeker is looking for input on how to structure a land-based IMTA system along the Red Sea within Saudi Arabia, which aims to produce 600,000 metric tons each year of aquaculture products by 2030.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture is not a new concept, and has been proven to preserve the environmental integrity of the surrounding ecosystem. Examples are farming multiple species of fish in the same pond, combining shrimp with fish in ponds, growing seaweed in shrimp or finfish ponds, having bivalves grow on the bottom of fishponds, or having sea cucumbers feed on the detritus from fish swimming above. 

The operational viability of a system is determined by exactly which species (and the sequence of said species) are incorporated into the system. This is to optimize the flow and circularity of effluent streams, ensure the survivability of the species, and maximize the commercial output. The Seeker desires innovative, theoretical designs for a land-based IMTA system along the Red Sea that is scalable, aesthetically pleasing, and creates a nutrient-free output.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 30, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

Integrated Multi-Trophic Aquaculture (IMTA) involves the farming of species from different trophic levels (nutritional positions) in the same system. A well-balanced system can become truly circular, satisfying the needs of the system from within, and limiting the exchange with the external world to a minimum. The Seeker is looking for input on how to structure a land-based IMTA system along the Red Sea within Saudi Arabia, which aims to produce 600,000 metric tons each year of aquaculture products by 2030.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

Integrated multi-trophic aquaculture is not a new concept, and has been proven to preserve the environmental integrity of the surrounding ecosystem. Examples are farming multiple species of fish in the same pond, combining shrimp with fish in ponds, growing seaweed in shrimp or finfish ponds, having bivalves grow on the bottom of fishponds, or having sea cucumbers feed on the detritus from fish swimming above. 

The operational viability of a system is determined by exactly which species (and the sequence of said species) are incorporated into the system. This is to optimize the flow and circularity of effluent streams, ensure the survivability of the species, and maximize the commercial output. The Seeker desires innovative, theoretical designs for a land-based IMTA system along the Red Sea that is scalable, aesthetically pleasing, and creates a nutrient-free output.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 30, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

The ability to ingest properly curated data into analysis tools is of fundamental importance to exploit information from massive amounts of data sources. When analyzed properly, the data can provide insights into relationships between entities, patterns of life, and even weak signals to suggest threat activities for intelligence analysis. The more complex the data sources are, the more difficult and time-consuming ingestion becomes, requiring dedicated data engineering teams whenever a data source with new schemas or structures is added to the ingestion pipeline. The United States Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the Seekers for this Challenge, are seeking a novel solution for data ingestion and curation which can adapt its method of data ingestion and remain agnostic to data schema, types, and formats.  

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, output from the proposed algorithm, and submission of source code and documentation for the proposed algorithm upon Seeker’s request.

 

OVERVIEW

Intelligence analysts often must grapple with a wide range of data sources, types, structures, and formats to painstakingly prepare and curate the data before data ingestion for deeper analysis. Data ingestion efforts often rely on highly customized and individually scripted data connectors to bring data onboard which can be time-consuming. Often a dedicated data engineering team is required to process new data sources with new schemas or structures in order to add them to the ingestion pipeline. To enable analysts to efficiently and effectively produce actionable intelligence, the Seekers for this Challenge are looking for an innovative solution to automate data ingestion and remain agnostic to the various types, formats, and schema of data which can comprise text, images, videos, Excel, and CSV files.

This Challenge will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 (from 13 Dec 2022 to 31 Jan 2023) is open to all Solvers who meet the stated eligibility requirements (see below) while Phase 2 (from 15 – 22 Mar 2023) participation will be limited to the Solvers with the top three solutions from Phase 1 to evaluate and refine their unique solutions with more challenging datasets.

The Solvers with the top three solutions to Phase 1 that meet the technical requirements of the Challenge will each receive awards of $8,000 to offset the cost of participation and travel for Phase 2, which culminates with a final in-person presentation event in Singapore on 22 March 2023. Phase 2 awards will be 1st Place - $20,000; 2nd Place - $10,000, and 3rd Place - $6,000. Solvers, or at least one member of a Solver team, must be present at the final event to be eligible for any award (for both Phase 1 or Phase 2). In addition, the Solver team representative will be extended a complimentary ticket to attend the Singapore Defence Technology Summit to be held from 22 – 24 March 2023.

The Challenge award is contingent upon evaluation and validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seekers.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions upon receipt of a Phase 2 award. 

Submissions to Phase 1 of this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 31 Jan 2023.
Late submissions will not be considered.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must certify they do not have identical or essentially equivalent work funded by another U.S. or Singaporean government agency.

U.S. or Singapore government employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate. A U.S. or Singapore government employee acting outside the scope of his or her employment should consult his or her ethics official before participating in the Challenge.

Employees of ST Engineering are not eligible to participate in this Challenge.

Eligibility is subject to verification by U.S. and Singapore government before cash prizes are awarded.

Additional Criteria by U.S. Government
Participants (residents or entities) who are designated by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or are citizens of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Venezuela, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. Participants who are listed, or become listed, on the Excluded Parties List found on www.sam.gov, have any active exclusions, or are otherwise unable to be deemed responsible in accordance with FAR 9.104-1 based on information available in FAPIIS, are not eligible to receive any cash prize in the Challenge.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKERS

The Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) provides a forum for interagency and international users to discuss mission requirements for Irregular Warfare, prioritize those requirements, fund and manage solutions, and deliver capabilities. The IWTSD accomplishes these objectives through rapid prototyping of novel solutions developed and field-tested before the traditional acquisition systems are fully engaged. This low-risk approach encourages interdepartmental and interagency collaboration, thereby reducing duplication, eliminating capability gaps, and stretching development dollars.

The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) is a top-notch technology organisation that drives innovation and delivers state-of-the-art capabilities to make the Singapore Armed Forces a formidable fighting force. Harnessing and exploiting science and technology, engineers and IT professionals at DSTA leverage multidisciplinary expertise to equip soldiers with advanced systems to defend Singapore. DSTA also contributes its technological expertise to support national-level developments. To achieve its mission, DSTA excels in systems engineering, digitalised platforms, cyber, software development and more.

In Partnership with

ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group with offices across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in more than 100 countries. The Group uses technology and innovation to solve real-world problems and to enable a more secure and sustainable world/planet through its diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defence and public security segments. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering has more than 23,000 employees worldwide with two-thirds in engineering and technology roles.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

The ability to ingest properly curated data into analysis tools is of fundamental importance to exploit information from massive amounts of data sources. When analyzed properly, the data can provide insights into relationships between entities, patterns of life, and even weak signals to suggest threat activities for intelligence analysis. The more complex the data sources are, the more difficult and time-consuming ingestion becomes, requiring dedicated data engineering teams whenever a data source with new schemas or structures is added to the ingestion pipeline. The United States Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) and Singapore’s Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), the Seekers for this Challenge, are seeking a novel solution for data ingestion and curation which can adapt its method of data ingestion and remain agnostic to data schema, types, and formats.  

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation, output from the proposed algorithm, and submission of source code and documentation for the proposed algorithm upon Seeker’s request.

 

OVERVIEW

Intelligence analysts often must grapple with a wide range of data sources, types, structures, and formats to painstakingly prepare and curate the data before data ingestion for deeper analysis. Data ingestion efforts often rely on highly customized and individually scripted data connectors to bring data onboard which can be time-consuming. Often a dedicated data engineering team is required to process new data sources with new schemas or structures in order to add them to the ingestion pipeline. To enable analysts to efficiently and effectively produce actionable intelligence, the Seekers for this Challenge are looking for an innovative solution to automate data ingestion and remain agnostic to the various types, formats, and schema of data which can comprise text, images, videos, Excel, and CSV files.

This Challenge will be conducted in two phases. Phase 1 (from 13 Dec 2022 to 12 Feb 2023) is open to all Solvers who meet the stated eligibility requirements (see below) while Phase 2 (from 15 – 22 Mar 2023) participation will be limited to the Solvers with the top three solutions from Phase 1 to evaluate and refine their unique solutions with more challenging datasets.

The Solvers with the top three solutions to Phase 1 that meet the technical requirements of the Challenge will each receive awards of $8,000 to offset the cost of participation and travel for Phase 2, which culminates with a final in-person presentation event in Singapore on 22 March 2023. Phase 2 awards will be 1st Place - $20,000; 2nd Place - $10,000, and 3rd Place - $6,000. Solvers, or at least one member of a Solver team, must be present at the final event to be eligible for any award (for both Phase 1 or Phase 2). In addition, the Solver team representative will be extended a complimentary ticket to attend the Singapore Defence Technology Summit to be held from 22 – 24 March 2023.

The Challenge award is contingent upon evaluation and validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seekers.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions upon receipt of a Phase 2 award. 

Submissions to Phase 1 of this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 12 Feb 2023.
Late submissions will not be considered.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Participants must certify they do not have identical or essentially equivalent work funded by another U.S. or Singaporean government agency.

U.S. or Singapore government employees acting within the scope of their employment are not eligible to participate. A U.S. or Singapore government employee acting outside the scope of his or her employment should consult his or her ethics official before participating in the Challenge.

Employees of ST Engineering are not eligible to participate in this Challenge.

Eligibility is subject to verification by U.S. and Singapore government before cash prizes are awarded.

Additional Criteria by U.S. Government
Participants (residents or entities) who are designated by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control, or are citizens of Russia, China, Iran, North Korea, Syria, Cuba, and Venezuela, are not eligible to participate in the Challenge. Participants who are listed, or become listed, on the Excluded Parties List found on www.sam.gov, have any active exclusions, or are otherwise unable to be deemed responsible in accordance with FAR 9.104-1 based on information available in FAPIIS, are not eligible to receive any cash prize in the Challenge.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKERS

The Irregular Warfare Technical Support Directorate (IWTSD) provides a forum for interagency and international users to discuss mission requirements for Irregular Warfare, prioritize those requirements, fund and manage solutions, and deliver capabilities. The IWTSD accomplishes these objectives through rapid prototyping of novel solutions developed and field-tested before the traditional acquisition systems are fully engaged. This low-risk approach encourages interdepartmental and interagency collaboration, thereby reducing duplication, eliminating capability gaps, and stretching development dollars.

The Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA) is a top-notch technology organisation that drives innovation and delivers state-of-the-art capabilities to make the Singapore Armed Forces a formidable fighting force. Harnessing and exploiting science and technology, engineers and IT professionals at DSTA leverage multidisciplinary expertise to equip soldiers with advanced systems to defend Singapore. DSTA also contributes its technological expertise to support national-level developments. To achieve its mission, DSTA excels in systems engineering, digitalised platforms, cyber, software development and more.

In Partnership with

ST Engineering is a global technology, defence and engineering group with offices across Asia, Europe, the Middle East and the U.S., serving customers in more than 100 countries. The Group uses technology and innovation to solve real-world problems and to enable a more secure and sustainable world/planet through its diverse portfolio of businesses across the aerospace, smart city, defence and public security segments. Headquartered in Singapore, ST Engineering has more than 23,000 employees worldwide with two-thirds in engineering and technology roles.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

Geothermal power is derived from the Earth’s own heat. Geothermal wells are tested periodically to assess pressure and flow rates and measure the temperature underground. We are searching for a system able to eliminate or at least strongly reduce the olfactory impact caused by atmospheric geothermal well testing with a focus on both mitigating the nuisance of smells upon areas close to well and controlling hydrogen sulfide levels in the well operation site.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

Enel Green Power performs both drilling and operation activities on geothermal wells located in Italy (in Tuscany mainly), United States (Nevada) and Chile. Gaseous emissions, in agreement with Italian regulation and laws, are discharged in the atmosphere during the well testing phase, performed after the completion of the drilling activity, with the aim to both assess the production capability and determine the physical-chemical characteristics of the fluid. Depending on the geothermal fluid characteristics, the area close to well may be subjected to smells related to the presence of both hydrogen sulfide naturally present in the geothermal fluid and other volatile organic compounds (VOC).

This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDGs:

•      SDG 11, 13, 17

– Register now to start solving this Challenge! The full description challenge will be available to logged in users only. –

For questions about the challenge and your proposal you can contact EnelOpenInnovabilityChallenges@wazoku.com

Explain your proposal clearly in English, attach documents (max 5 files, 25MB total size) if needed.

This is a Theoretical Challenge, which requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the submission by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer the exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solver will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.

The final award for this Challenge is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the verification process, including acceptance of the Challenge-Specific Agreement (CSA) that is the regulation for this Challenge. The verification process includes obtaining the following from the Solver: signed affidavit (based on the CSA), employee waiver (if applicable), proof of identify, and Counterparty Analysis Questionnaire (CAQ).

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on January 18, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER             

Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Enel works in more than 30 countries across five continents, generating energy with a total installed capacity of more than 89 GW, selling gas and distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km.

With almost 75 million end users around the world, Enel has the biggest customer base among our European competitors, and we are one of Europe’s leading energy companies by installed capacity.

The Enel Group is made up of approximately 66,000 people from around the world who are working together on the same goal. We are Open Power and our aim is to overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the world. This is to be achieved through a new approach which combines attention to sustainability with the best in innovation.

Enel is dedicated to creating innovative solutions that meet society’s changing needs. Through its openinnovability.com crowdsourcing platform, the company connects people and ideas from across the world, encouraging anyone to propose sustainable innovation projects and solutions that help develop local communities.

Enel is also committed to helping to achieve 4 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • 7 - Access to affordable and clean energy
  • 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • 11- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • 13 - The fight against climate change

Enel Green Power is the Enel Group brand focused on developing and managing renewable energy generation systems, with a global presence in 27 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector, operating more than 1,200 plants with a managed capacity of 54 GW across a generation mix which includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants. Enel Green Power is a strategic partner that enables communities, companies and end users to move towards sustainable living, driving the shift towards a decarbonized society and actively contributing to the development and wellbeing of the many geographical areas where it operates.

Enel Green Power applies the CSV (Creating Shared Value) Model, finding new business opportunities by solving social problems, combining competitiveness with the long-term sustainable value creation. Thanks to its research, technological innovation, internationally renowned operational excellence, and the hard work of its people, Enel Green Power looks to the future fully aware of its potential for growth, both in terms of additional capacity and operational performance.

Enel Green Power invests in new technologies to improve its flexibility and performance, such as the combination of technologies and sources in the same plant (hybridization), the integration between renewables with other sectors (agrivoltaics, green building, new materials etc.) and research to give plants’ components a new role once they reach the end-of-life stage. All these projects are conducted under the lens of Sustainability and Circular Economy.

With its international experience, Enel Green Power also develops custom projects to offer companies the best solutions when it comes to energy generated from renewable sources. Clean energy and sustainable projects, competitive costs and tailor-made solutions are the main benefits of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), tools that are capable of building strong, long-lasting partnerships with business and industrial clients. Enel Green Power is also one of the founding members of RES4Africa Foundation, the association founded in 2012 to promote renewable energies and the spread of know-how on the African continent.

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ABSTRACT

Geothermal power is derived from the Earth’s own heat. Geothermal wells are tested periodically to assess pressure and flow rates and measure the temperature underground. We are searching for a system able to eliminate or at least strongly reduce the olfactory impact caused by atmospheric geothermal well testing with a focus on both mitigating the nuisance of smells upon areas close to well and controlling hydrogen sulfide levels in the well operation site.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

Enel Green Power performs both drilling and operation activities on geothermal wells located in Italy (in Tuscany mainly), United States (Nevada) and Chile. Gaseous emissions, in agreement with Italian regulation and laws, are discharged in the atmosphere during the well testing phase, performed after the completion of the drilling activity, with the aim to both assess the production capability and determine the physical-chemical characteristics of the fluid. Depending on the geothermal fluid characteristics, the area close to well may be subjected to smells related to the presence of both hydrogen sulfide naturally present in the geothermal fluid and other volatile organic compounds (VOC).

This Challenge provides contribution to the following SDGs:

•      SDG 11, 13, 17

– Register now to start solving this Challenge! The full description challenge will be available to logged in users only. –

For questions about the challenge and your proposal you can contact EnelOpenInnovabilityChallenges@wazoku.com

Explain your proposal clearly in English, attach documents (max 5 files, 25MB total size) if needed.

This is a Theoretical Challenge, which requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon theoretical evaluation of the submission by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer the exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solver will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions.

The final award for this Challenge is contingent upon satisfactory completion of the verification process, including acceptance of the Challenge-Specific Agreement (CSA) that is the regulation for this Challenge. The verification process includes obtaining the following from the Solver: signed affidavit (based on the CSA), employee waiver (if applicable), proof of identify, and Counterparty Analysis Questionnaire (CAQ).

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (Central European Time) on January 18, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER             

Enel is a multinational energy company and one of the world’s leading integrated electricity and gas operators. Enel works in more than 30 countries across five continents, generating energy with a total installed capacity of more than 89 GW, selling gas and distributing electricity across a network spanning approximately 2.2 million km.

With almost 75 million end users around the world, Enel has the biggest customer base among our European competitors, and we are one of Europe’s leading energy companies by installed capacity.

The Enel Group is made up of approximately 66,000 people from around the world who are working together on the same goal. We are Open Power and our aim is to overcome some of the greatest challenges facing the world. This is to be achieved through a new approach which combines attention to sustainability with the best in innovation.

Enel is dedicated to creating innovative solutions that meet society’s changing needs. Through its openinnovability.com crowdsourcing platform, the company connects people and ideas from across the world, encouraging anyone to propose sustainable innovation projects and solutions that help develop local communities.

Enel is also committed to helping to achieve 4 of the 17 UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs):

  • 7 - Access to affordable and clean energy
  • 9 - Build resilient infrastructure, promote inclusive and sustainable industrialization and foster innovation
  • 11- Make cities and human settlements inclusive, safe, resilient and sustainable
  • 13 - The fight against climate change

Enel Green Power is the Enel Group brand focused on developing and managing renewable energy generation systems, with a global presence in 27 countries in Europe, the Americas, Asia, Africa and Oceania. Enel Green Power is a global leader in the green energy sector, operating more than 1,200 plants with a managed capacity of 54 GW across a generation mix which includes wind, solar, geothermal and hydropower, and is at the forefront of integrating innovative technologies into renewable power plants. Enel Green Power is a strategic partner that enables communities, companies and end users to move towards sustainable living, driving the shift towards a decarbonized society and actively contributing to the development and wellbeing of the many geographical areas where it operates.

Enel Green Power applies the CSV (Creating Shared Value) Model, finding new business opportunities by solving social problems, combining competitiveness with the long-term sustainable value creation. Thanks to its research, technological innovation, internationally renowned operational excellence, and the hard work of its people, Enel Green Power looks to the future fully aware of its potential for growth, both in terms of additional capacity and operational performance.

Enel Green Power invests in new technologies to improve its flexibility and performance, such as the combination of technologies and sources in the same plant (hybridization), the integration between renewables with other sectors (agrivoltaics, green building, new materials etc.) and research to give plants’ components a new role once they reach the end-of-life stage. All these projects are conducted under the lens of Sustainability and Circular Economy.

With its international experience, Enel Green Power also develops custom projects to offer companies the best solutions when it comes to energy generated from renewable sources. Clean energy and sustainable projects, competitive costs and tailor-made solutions are the main benefits of the Power Purchase Agreements (PPAs), tools that are capable of building strong, long-lasting partnerships with business and industrial clients. Enel Green Power is also one of the founding members of RES4Africa Foundation, the association founded in 2012 to promote renewable energies and the spread of know-how on the African continent.

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ABSTRACT

The aviation industry has recently set a target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, which is an incredibly difficult challenge given the structure of the aviation industry and the energy density of jet fuel. The Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT), the Seeker for this Challenge, was launched by 10 global airlines to accelerate breakthroughs across a portfolio of emerging decarbonization technologies by 10 years or more. One such technology is the use of solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC) to produce green hydrogen for the production of synthetic jet fuel. Although potentially more efficient than other electrolysis technologies, SOEC suffers from material degradation that make it expensive to maintain and operate. ACT is seeking solutions to mitigate degradation in SOEC.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

 

OVERVIEW

The aviation industry is responsible for just 2% of global CO2 emissions but still amounts to nearly a billion metric tons of CO2 released. With increased electrification of other carbon sources, this percentage will rise unless action is taken. The aviation industry has set a target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 but considering the structure of the industry and the energy density of jet fuel this is an incredibly difficult challenge. The Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT) was launched by 10 global airlines to accelerate breakthroughs across a portfolio of emerging decarbonization technologies by 10 years or more.

One route to decarbonization is the use of power-to-liquid synthetic jet fuel (Jet A-1) produced using syngas derived from green hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide. Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water typically using one of three electrolysis technologies: alkaline electrolysis, solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC), and polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis. SOEC is potentially more efficient than other electrolysis technologies but suffers from material degradation issues such as delamination at the anode and nickel sintering at the cathode that make it expensive to maintain and operate. ACT is looking for ideas and solutions to mitigate the degradation and corrosions that are common in SOEC. New designs or substitution of materials can both be considered. ACT is interested in supporting further research in this work and follow-on funding may be available for the most promising solutions.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $20,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 12-Dec-2022.
Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT) is a non-profit research organization that tackles the challenge of aviation decarbonization.  ACT will accelerate breakthroughs in emerging decarbonization technologies that are critical to the helping the sector achieve net zero. Launched in October 2021, ACT brings together 10 global airlines, including Air Canada, Air France-KLM Group, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa Group, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic and Boston Consulting Group. ACT will seek to drive technological innovation and accelerate the R&D lifecycle, starting with mid-term solutions such as power-to-liquid synthetic fuels. It will take a portfolio approach and gradually expand its scope to include additional technologies.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

Precision fermentation utilizes genetic engineering to transform microbes into factories that produce large quantities of a specific protein or high-value substance. Following a purification process, the spent microbial biomass may be used for livestock feed and fertilizer or is otherwise disposed of as waste. The Seeker is looking for new applications for better and more creative ways of reclaiming the value of the spent biomass.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

Many foods such as yogurt, cheese, beer, and wine are products of a fermentation process. However, precision fermentation is different, in that microorganisms are engineered to produce something specific (e.g. protein, enzyme), which is concentrated and filtered from the growth media to yield a high-quality, purified product. The Seeker desires new methods to optimize the disposal of the remaining nutrient-rich microbial biomass in a way that reduces waste, while being sustainable and scalable.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 16, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

Precision fermentation utilizes genetic engineering to transform microbes into factories that produce large quantities of a specific protein or high-value substance. Following a purification process, the spent microbial biomass may be used for livestock feed and fertilizer or is otherwise disposed of as waste. The Seeker is looking for new applications for better and more creative ways of reclaiming the value of the spent biomass.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

Many foods such as yogurt, cheese, beer, and wine are products of a fermentation process. However, precision fermentation is different, in that microorganisms are engineered to produce something specific (e.g. protein, enzyme), which is concentrated and filtered from the growth media to yield a high-quality, purified product. The Seeker desires new methods to optimize the disposal of the remaining nutrient-rich microbial biomass in a way that reduces waste, while being sustainable and scalable.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant to the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 16, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

Good eating habits are an important aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but many people struggle to keep track of what they consume. Measuring what we eat and drink – our energy and nutritional intake – enables us to make better-informed decisions about our food choices. However, accurately measuring what we eat is more easily said than done, with current methods onerous and burdensome. The Seeker requests submissions from Solvers who can provide a solution that enables individuals to accurately measure and record their food consumption, conveniently and easily.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

To improve decision-making, the Seeker requests submissions from Solvers who can provide a solution that enables individuals to accurately measure and record their food consumption, conveniently and easily.

A food diary is a valuable tool for recording food choices and analyzing eating habits, with studies showing that people who use this method tend to eat fewer calories and maintain a healthier body weight. To reduce the burden associated with keeping record, the Seeker is aiming to develop a convenient approach that accurately tracks food intake while requiring minimal user input.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive Intellectual Property (“IP”) rights to the Seeker. Instead, the Seeker will be granted a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions by the Solvers. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on December 31, 2022. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

Good eating habits are an important aspect of maintaining a healthy lifestyle, but many people struggle to keep track of what they consume. Measuring what we eat and drink – our energy and nutritional intake – enables us to make better-informed decisions about our food choices. However, accurately measuring what we eat is more easily said than done, with current methods onerous and burdensome. The Seeker requests submissions from Solvers who can provide a solution that enables individuals to accurately measure and record their food consumption, conveniently and easily.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

To improve decision-making, the Seeker requests submissions from Solvers who can provide a solution that enables individuals to accurately measure and record their food consumption, conveniently and easily.

A food diary is a valuable tool for recording food choices and analyzing eating habits, with studies showing that people who use this method tend to eat fewer calories and maintain a healthier body weight. To reduce the burden associated with keeping record, the Seeker is aiming to develop a convenient approach that accurately tracks food intake while requiring minimal user input.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive Intellectual Property (“IP”) rights to the Seeker. Instead, the Seeker will be granted a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions by the Solvers. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on December 31, 2022. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

The aviation industry has recently set a target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050, which is an incredibly difficult challenge given the structure of the aviation industry and the energy density of jet fuel. The Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT), the Seeker for this Challenge, was launched by 10 global airlines to accelerate breakthroughs across a portfolio of emerging decarbonization technologies by 10 years or more. One such technology is the use of solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC) to produce green hydrogen for the production of synthetic jet fuel. Although potentially more efficient than other electrolysis technologies, SOEC suffers from material degradation that make it expensive to maintain and operate. ACT is seeking solutions to mitigate degradation in SOEC.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

 

OVERVIEW

The aviation industry is responsible for just 2% of global CO2 emissions but still amounts to nearly a billion metric tons of CO2 released. With increased electrification of other carbon sources, this percentage will rise unless action is taken. The aviation industry has set a target of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050 but considering the structure of the industry and the energy density of jet fuel this is an incredibly difficult challenge. The Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT) was launched by 10 global airlines to accelerate breakthroughs across a portfolio of emerging decarbonization technologies by 10 years or more.

One route to decarbonization is the use of power-to-liquid synthetic jet fuel (Jet A-1) produced using syngas derived from green hydrogen and captured carbon dioxide. Green hydrogen is produced by the electrolysis of water typically using one of three electrolysis technologies: alkaline electrolysis, solid oxide electrolyzer cells (SOEC), and polymer electrolyte membrane (PEM) electrolysis. SOEC is potentially more efficient than other electrolysis technologies but suffers from material degradation issues such as delamination at the anode and nickel sintering at the cathode that make it expensive to maintain and operate. ACT is looking for ideas and solutions to mitigate the degradation and corrosions that are common in SOEC. New designs or substitution of materials can both be considered. ACT is interested in supporting further research in this work and follow-on funding may be available for the most promising solutions.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $20,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 12-Dec-2022.
Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Aviation Climate Taskforce (ACT) is a non-profit research organization that tackles the challenge of aviation decarbonization.  ACT will accelerate breakthroughs in emerging decarbonization technologies that are critical to the helping the sector achieve net zero. Launched in October 2021, ACT brings together 10 global airlines, including Air Canada, Air France-KLM Group, American Airlines, Cathay Pacific Airways, Delta Air Lines, JetBlue Airways, Lufthansa Group, Southwest Airlines, United Airlines, and Virgin Atlantic and Boston Consulting Group. ACT will seek to drive technological innovation and accelerate the R&D lifecycle, starting with mid-term solutions such as power-to-liquid synthetic fuels. It will take a portfolio approach and gradually expand its scope to include additional technologies.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

To realize the full potential of solar power, a host of technical and socio-economic issues needs to be resolved. One of them is a growing demand for land. That means that the further development of more efficient solar panels should go hand in hand with the improved methods of their installation on complex sites. The challenge is intended for the identification of installation techniques that reduce the weight of tracking systems and increase the ease of their installation. The Challenge is also looking for new and improved methods of installation of single-axis trackers for solar panels on complex sites.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

OVERVIEW

Solar power holds a tremendous potential to become an unlimited source of clean energy; however, to fully realize this potential, a host of technical and socio-economic issues needs to be resolved. One of them is a growing demand for land as more and more land is needed for the installation of new solar panels.

That means that the further development of more efficient solar panels should go hand in hand with the improved methods of their installation. In particular, it is necessary to develop innovative methods allowing complex areas (e.g., brownfields, landfills) to be used for installation as well as green fields.

This calls for installation techniques that increase the ease of their installation and anchoring of tracking systems for targeting complex grounds. This Challenge is looking for new and improved methods of installation of single-axis trackers for solar panels.

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.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 9, 2023.

Late submissions will not be considered.

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of the Iren Group and its subsidiaries (and members of their families) are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Iren is one of the largest and most dynamic multi-utility companies in Italy. It operates in many sectors including the generation and distribution of electricity, production of thermal energy for district heating, and gas. It also manages electric grids and provides integrated water services, as well as environmental and technological services.

Iren serves a multiregional area in the Northwest of Italy. It employs more than 9,000 people and provides a portfolio of services in the energy sector (2 million customers), integrated water sector (2.8 million customers), and waste cycle sector (2.9 million customers). Iren is the largest operator in Italy in the production of thermal energy for district heating. Iren is also managing more than 140 MW of solar plants both on the ground and on rooftops, which will be expanded.

Iren operates mainly through its business units that are represented by the controlled companies Iren Energia, Ireti, Iren Mercato, and Iren Ambiente. The current Challenge is sponsored primarily by Iren Energia, a company dealing with electrical energy production (e.g., gas turbines, hydro-plants, and renewable energy systems).

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

To realize the full potential of solar power, a host of technical and socio-economic issues needs to be resolved. One of them is a growing demand for land. That means that the further development of more efficient solar panels should go hand in hand with the improved methods of their installation on complex sites. The challenge is intended for the identification of installation techniques that reduce the weight of tracking systems and increase the ease of their installation. The Challenge is also looking for new and improved methods of installation of single-axis trackers for solar panels on complex sites.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

OVERVIEW

Solar power holds a tremendous potential to become an unlimited source of clean energy; however, to fully realize this potential, a host of technical and socio-economic issues needs to be resolved. One of them is a growing demand for land as more and more land is needed for the installation of new solar panels.

That means that the further development of more efficient solar panels should go hand in hand with the improved methods of their installation. In particular, it is necessary to develop innovative methods allowing complex areas (e.g., brownfields, landfills) to be used for installation as well as green fields.

This calls for installation techniques that increase the ease of their installation and anchoring of tracking systems for targeting complex grounds. This Challenge is looking for new and improved methods of installation of single-axis trackers for solar panels.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon the theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 9, 2023.

Late submissions will not be considered.

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of the Iren Group and its subsidiaries (and members of their families) are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Iren is one of the largest and most dynamic multi-utility companies in Italy. It operates in many sectors including the generation and distribution of electricity, production of thermal energy for district heating, and gas. It also manages electric grids and provides integrated water services, as well as environmental and technological services.

Iren serves a multiregional area in the Northwest of Italy. It employs more than 9,000 people and provides a portfolio of services in the energy sector (2 million customers), integrated water sector (2.8 million customers), and waste cycle sector (2.9 million customers). Iren is the largest operator in Italy in the production of thermal energy for district heating. Iren is also managing more than 140 MW of solar plants both on the ground and on rooftops, which will be expanded.

Iren operates mainly through its business units that are represented by the controlled companies Iren Energia, Ireti, Iren Mercato, and Iren Ambiente. The current Challenge is sponsored primarily by Iren Energia, a company dealing with electrical energy production (e.g., gas turbines, hydro-plants, and renewable energy systems).

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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ABSTRACT

Bioactive compounds (BACs) hold a promise to dramatically improve the productivity of agricultural plants. But to fulfill this promise, BACs need to be delivered into the cytoplasm of a plant cell and sometimes even into certain organelles inside the cytoplasm.

But to be delivered into plant cells, BACs need to penetrate across the leaf surface and then the cell wall and cell membrane, the cell wall representing an especially difficult barrier to overcome. This Challenge, sponsored by Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), is looking for systems allowing effective delivery of high-molecular-weight BACs through the cell wall and cell membrane of plant cells.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

OVERVIEW

Bioactive compounds (BACs) may have a profound stimulatory effect on plant growth. Because BACs are generally biodegradable and environmentally friendly molecules, and their effect is evident at very low doses, they can become a partial alternative to synthetic fertilizers and help significantly in reducing the amount of the latter.

However, to realize their full potential, BACs must be efficiently transported into the plant cells through three main barriers: the leaf surface (especially the cuticle), the cell wall, and the cell membrane. Although all three barriers represent a formidable obstacle to the BAC efficient penetration, it’s the cell membrane and, especially, the cell wall that needs to be taken into consideration first.

This Challenge, sponsored by Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), is looking for systems allowing effective delivery of high-molecular-weight BACs into the cytoplasm of plant cells by overcoming the barriers provided by the plant cell wall and cell membrane.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on December 15, 2022. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regard to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified of the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

ELIGIBILITY

This is an external Challenge only. Employees of the ICL Group and its subsidiaries are ineligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

ICL, a global manufacturer of products based on unique minerals, fulfills humanity’s essential needs, primarily in three markets: agriculture, food, and engineered materials.

The experience, knowledge, and professionalism derived from establishing Israel’s potash industry over a period of 80 years of intensive activity and major investment in R&D, have transformed ICL into a world leader in specialty fertilizers, bromine, and flame retardants. ICL produces approximately a third of the world’s bromine and is the world’s sixth-largest potash producer, as well as one of its leading providers of pure phosphoric acid.

ICL’s operations are global and are supported by worldwide distribution and supply chains. Our mining and production sites are located in Israel, Europe, North and South America, and China. ICL employs about 13,000 people worldwide.

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third-party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on the use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

Bioactive compounds (BACs) hold a promise to dramatically improve the productivity of agricultural plants. But to fulfill this promise, BACs need to be delivered into the cytoplasm of a plant cell and sometimes even into certain organelles inside the cytoplasm.

But to be delivered into plant cells, BACs need to penetrate across the leaf surface and then the cell wall and cell membrane, the cell wall representing an especially difficult barrier to overcome. This Challenge, sponsored by Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), is looking for systems allowing effective delivery of high-molecular-weight BACs through the cell wall and cell membrane of plant cells.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

OVERVIEW

Bioactive compounds (BACs) may have a profound stimulatory effect on plant growth. Because BACs are generally biodegradable and environmentally friendly molecules, and their effect is evident at very low doses, they can become a partial alternative to synthetic fertilizers and help significantly in reducing the amount of the latter.

However, to realize their full potential, BACs must be efficiently transported into the plant cells through three main barriers: the leaf surface (especially the cuticle), the cell wall, and the cell membrane. Although all three barriers represent a formidable obstacle to the BAC efficient penetration, it’s the cell membrane and, especially, the cell wall that needs to be taken into consideration first.

This Challenge, sponsored by Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), is looking for systems allowing effective delivery of high-molecular-weight BACs into the cytoplasm of plant cells by overcoming the barriers provided by the plant cell wall and cell membrane.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on December 15, 2022. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regard to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified of the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

ELIGIBILITY

This is an external Challenge only. Employees of the ICL Group and its subsidiaries are ineligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

ICL, a global manufacturer of products based on unique minerals, fulfills humanity’s essential needs, primarily in three markets: agriculture, food, and engineered materials.

The experience, knowledge, and professionalism derived from establishing Israel’s potash industry over a period of 80 years of intensive activity and major investment in R&D, have transformed ICL into a world leader in specialty fertilizers, bromine, and flame retardants. ICL produces approximately a third of the world’s bromine and is the world’s sixth-largest potash producer, as well as one of its leading providers of pure phosphoric acid.

ICL’s operations are global and are supported by worldwide distribution and supply chains. Our mining and production sites are located in Israel, Europe, North and South America, and China. ICL employs about 13,000 people worldwide.

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third-party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on the use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

Bioactive compounds (BACs) hold a promise to dramatically improve the productivity of agricultural plants. But to fulfill this promise, BACs need to be delivered into the cytoplasm of a plant cell and sometimes even into certain organelles inside the cytoplasm.

But to be delivered into plant cells, BACs need to penetrate across the leaf surface and then the cell wall and cell membrane, the cell wall representing an especially difficult barrier to overcome. This Challenge, sponsored by Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), is looking for systems allowing effective delivery of high-molecular-weight BACs through the cell wall and cell membrane of plant cells.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

OVERVIEW

Bioactive compounds (BACs) may have a profound stimulatory effect on plant growth. Because BACs are generally biodegradable and environmentally friendly molecules, and their effect is evident at very low doses, they can become a partial alternative to synthetic fertilizers and help significantly in reducing the amount of the latter.

However, to realize their full potential, BACs must be efficiently transported into the plant cells through three main barriers: the leaf surface (especially the cuticle), the cell wall, and the cell membrane. Although all three barriers represent a formidable obstacle to the BAC efficient penetration, it’s the cell membrane and, especially, the cell wall that needs to be taken into consideration first.

This Challenge, sponsored by Israel Chemicals Ltd (ICL), is looking for systems allowing effective delivery of high-molecular-weight BACs into the cytoplasm of plant cells by overcoming the barriers provided by the plant cell wall and cell membrane.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on DD-MM-YYYY

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regard to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified of the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

ELIGIBILITY

This is an external Challenge only. Employees of the ICL Group and its subsidiaries are ineligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

ICL, a global manufacturer of products based on unique minerals, fulfills humanity’s essential needs, primarily in three markets: agriculture, food, and engineered materials.

The experience, knowledge, and professionalism derived from establishing Israel’s potash industry over a period of 80 years of intensive activity and major investment in R&D, have transformed ICL into a world leader in specialty fertilizers, bromine, and flame retardants. ICL produces approximately a third of the world’s bromine and is the world’s sixth-largest potash producer, as well as one of its leading providers of pure phosphoric acid.

ICL’s operations are global and are supported by worldwide distribution and supply chains. Our mining and production sites are located in Israel, Europe, North and South America, and China. ICL employs about 13,000 people worldwide.

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third-party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on the use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

One of the manifestations of the aging skin is the formation of deep wrinkles. Many people want to get rid of them, because they feel that deep wrinkles make them look old. However, currently available anti-aging skincare products are powerless against deep wrinkles. There is, therefore, a need for developing simple, effective, fast-working, and lasting for 8-10 hours methods of reducing deep wrinkles.  

The aim of this Challenge is to identify novel ways to provide immediate and long-lasting reduction of deep wrinkles that would be compatible with consumers’ daily routines.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge (RTP) that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and sample delivery.

OVERVIEW

Deep wrinkles are one of the most visible signs of aging skin. Deep wrinkles bother many people; they feel that deep wrinkles make them look old. However, getting rid or ever reducing deep wrinkles isn’t easy: most anti-aging skincare products (e.g., makeup concealers) can hide fine lines, but they are powerless against deep wrinkles. Of course, there are professional procedures, such as Botox injections, but these treatments are invasive and expensive.

There is, therefore, a need for novel approaches to non-invasive reduction of deep wrinkles that would have a dramatic (exceeding the efficiency of currently available products), immediate (within 30 min of application), and lasting for 8-10 hours effect.

The submission to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. The detailed description of the proposed Solution addressing specific Technical Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge (and/or delivery of a material sample if requested by the Seeker).  

The Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on Month Day, Year. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

One of the manifestations of the aging skin is the formation of deep wrinkles. Many people want to get rid of them, because they feel that deep wrinkles make them look old. However, currently available anti-aging skincare products are powerless against deep wrinkles. There is, therefore, a need for developing simple, effective, fast-working, and lasting for 8-10 hours methods of reducing deep wrinkles.  

The aim of this Challenge is to identify novel ways to provide immediate and long-lasting reduction of deep wrinkles that would be compatible with consumers’ daily routines.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge (RTP) that requires written documentation, experimental proof-of-concept data, and sample delivery.

OVERVIEW

Deep wrinkles are one of the most visible signs of aging skin. Deep wrinkles bother many people; they feel that deep wrinkles make them look old. However, getting rid or ever reducing deep wrinkles isn’t easy: most anti-aging skincare products (e.g., makeup concealers) can hide fine lines, but they are powerless against deep wrinkles. Of course, there are professional procedures, such as Botox injections, but these treatments are invasive and expensive.

There is, therefore, a need for novel approaches to non-invasive reduction of deep wrinkles that would have a dramatic (exceeding the efficiency of currently available products), immediate (within 30 min of application), and lasting for 8-10 hours effect.

The submission to the Challenge should include the following:

  1. The detailed description of the proposed Solution addressing specific Technical Requirements presented in the Detailed Description of the Challenge. This description should be accompanied by a well-articulated rationale supported by literature/patent precedents.
  2. Experimental proof-of-concept data obtained as outlined in the Detailed Description of the Challenge (and/or delivery of a material sample if requested by the Seeker).  

The Challenge award is contingent upon theoretical evaluation and experimental validation of the submitted Solutions by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will have to transfer to the Seeker their exclusive Intellectual Property (IP) rights to the solution. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on January 16, 2023. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to a Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

The U.S. electric grid is undergoing a rapid evolution in the ways it generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy due to societal reduction of carbon usage, consumer usage pattern changes, and changing generation fleet. This forces energy grid operators to constantly adapt to the new business environment. As MISO manages the operation of its existing electric grid, it also needs to forecast future demand. One factor that complicates this forecasting is the presence of distributed energy resources, referred to in the industry as the Behind-the Meter (BTM) generation.

This Challenge is looking for advanced methods of forecasting Behind-the Meter energy generation.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

OVERVIEW

The U.S. electric grid is undergoing a rapid evolution in the ways it generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy due to societal reduction of carbon usage, consumer usage pattern changes, and changing generation fleet. This forces energy grid operators to constantly adapt to the new business environment, adjusting their current operations and preparing resources for the future. Forecasting future load in various locations, therefore, becomes a priority.

One factor that makes forecasting the future load more difficult is the presence of distributed energy resources, often referred to in the industry as the Behind-the-Meter (BTM) generation. As the grid evolves, the BTM generation will play an increasingly larger role in the makeup of the bulk electric system. Obviously, the correct forecasting of the Behind-the-Meter (BTM) generation becomes important.

This Challenge is looking for advanced methods of forecasting Behind-the Meter energy generation.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on DD-MMM-YYYY

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regard to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified of the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that delivers safe, cost-effective electric power across 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Operating one of the world’s largest energy markets (with annual energy transactions worth more than $29 billion), MISO is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to create cost-effective and innovative solutions for our changing industry. To learn more about MISO and its mission, visit www.misoenergy.org  and read about its Strategy and Value Proposition.

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and their families are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

The U.S. electric grid is undergoing a rapid evolution in the ways it generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy due to societal reduction of carbon usage, consumer usage pattern changes, and changing generation fleet. This forces energy grid operators to constantly adapt to the new business environment. As MISO manages the operation of its existing electric grid, it also needs to forecast future demand. One factor that complicates this forecasting is the presence of distributed energy resources, referred to in the industry as the Behind-the Meter (BTM) generation.

This Challenge is looking for advanced methods of forecasting Behind-the Meter energy generation.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

OVERVIEW

The U.S. electric grid is undergoing a rapid evolution in the ways it generates, transmits, and distributes electric energy due to societal reduction of carbon usage, consumer usage pattern changes, and changing generation fleet. This forces energy grid operators to constantly adapt to the new business environment, adjusting their current operations and preparing resources for the future. Forecasting future load in various locations, therefore, becomes a priority.

One factor that makes forecasting the future load more difficult is the presence of distributed energy resources, often referred to in the industry as the Behind-the-Meter (BTM) generation. As the grid evolves, the BTM generation will play an increasingly larger role in the makeup of the bulk electric system. Obviously, the correct forecasting of the Behind-the-Meter (BTM) generation becomes important.

This Challenge is looking for advanced methods of forecasting Behind-the Meter energy generation.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on December 12, 2022. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regard to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified of the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) is an independent, not-for-profit organization that delivers safe, cost-effective electric power across 15 U.S. states and the Canadian province of Manitoba. Operating one of the world’s largest energy markets (with annual energy transactions worth more than $29 billion), MISO is committed to collaborating with all stakeholders to create cost-effective and innovative solutions for our changing industry. To learn more about MISO and its mission, visit www.misoenergy.org  and read about its Strategy and Value Proposition.

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of Midcontinent Independent System Operator (MISO) and their families are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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BACKGROUND

Fine particulate matter (PM2.5), a major pollutant found in smoke from fires, has been linked to respiratory and cardiovascular health effects including ischemic heart disease, stroke, cardiovascular mortality, and exacerbations of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Current public health advice for protection from smoke exposure during wildfires is to stay indoors, preferably in a “clean room” with filtered air, close windows and doors, and minimize physical exertion. However, current air cleaning technologies for indoor air have multiple limitations that prevent their widespread use and adoption, including the cost of purchase, operation, and maintenance as well as dependence on electrical power, which can be disrupted by wildfires or rolling blackouts. In addition, wildfires often occur in the summer and early fall in regions of the United States where many homes do not have air conditioning, so closing windows can lead to very high indoor temperatures.

EPA is partnering with 10 federal, state, tribal and local organizations[1] to stimulate the development of new technologies to clean indoor air.

[1] US Department of State, Bureau of Medical Services; US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s National Center for Environmental Health and National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health; U.S National Institute of Standards and Technology; Hoopa Valley Tribe; California Air Resources Board; Oregon Health Authority; Missoula City-County Health Department; Puget Sound Clean Air Agency; Lane Regional Air Protection Agency

 

What is InnoCentive?

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an RTP Challenge?

An InnoCentive RTP (Reduction to Practice) Challenge is a prototype that proves an idea, and is similar to an InnoCentive Theoretical Challenge in its high level of detail. However, an RTP requires the Solver to submit a validated solution, either in the form of original data or a physical sample. Also, the Seeker is allowed to test the proposed solution. For details about treatment of Intellectual Property (IP) rights, please see the Challenge Specific Agreement.

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ABSTRACT

Johnson Matthey, the Seeker for this Challenge, manufactures nickel-aluminum (Ni-Al) material via a cast and crush method. This produces high surface area nanoporous nickel (Ni) sponge particles after removal of the aluminum (Al) by leaching. Primarily used as a hydrogenation catalyst, Johnson Matthey is seeking new and innovative uses for this material.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

 

OVERVIEW

Nanoporous particles exhibit a tremendous amount of surface area for a small amount of material and are quite useful for surface-dependent processes such as heterogenous catalysis. Johnson Matthey, the Seeker for this Challenge, produces nanoporous nickel (Ni) sponge particles through a cast and crush method utilizing a nickel-aluminum compound and subsequent removal of the aluminum (Al) through leaching. The particles are formed by milling larger blocks of material which produces particles that are jagged in shape and on the order of tens of microns in size but can be produced in a wide variety of sizes through the milling process. Typical pore diameter is 5.0-6.5 nanometer and surface area is 70-85 m2/gram. Johnson Matthey also has the ability to dope the material with elements such as palladium, chromium, and molybdenum as well as potentially with other metals and non-metals. This material is primarily used as a hydrogenation catalyst but could potentially be used in many different ways. Johnson Matthey is seeking new and innovative uses for this material. They would like information on potential market size for new uses as well as technical details of how to utilize the material in new applications.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 28-Nov-2022.
Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Our vision is for a world that’s cleaner and healthier; today and for future generations. As a global leader in sustainable technologies, we apply our cutting edge science, creating solutions with our customers that make a real difference to the world around us. We have annual sales of over £4.2 billion and an annual operating profit of over £539 million with a gross R&D spend of £190m.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

Johnson Matthey, the Seeker for this Challenge, manufactures nickel-aluminum (Ni-Al) material via a cast and crush method. This produces high surface area nanoporous nickel (Ni) sponge particles after removal of the aluminum (Al) by leaching. Primarily used as a hydrogenation catalyst, Johnson Matthey is seeking new and innovative uses for this material.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

 

OVERVIEW

Nanoporous particles exhibit a tremendous amount of surface area for a small amount of material and are quite useful for surface-dependent processes such as heterogenous catalysis. Johnson Matthey, the Seeker for this Challenge, produces nanoporous nickel (Ni) sponge particles through a cast and crush method utilizing a nickel-aluminum compound and subsequent removal of the aluminum (Al) through leaching. The particles are formed by milling larger blocks of material which produces particles that are jagged in shape and on the order of tens of microns in size but can be produced in a wide variety of sizes through the milling process. Typical pore diameter is 5.0-6.5 nanometer and surface area is 70-85 m2/gram. Johnson Matthey also has the ability to dope the material with elements such as palladium, chromium, and molybdenum as well as potentially with other metals and non-metals. This material is primarily used as a hydrogenation catalyst but could potentially be used in many different ways. Johnson Matthey is seeking new and innovative uses for this material. They would like information on potential market size for new uses as well as technical details of how to utilize the material in new applications.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed award.  The award(s) will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $15,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,500.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solver grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on 28-Nov-2022.
Late submissions will not be considered.

After the Challenge deadline, the Seeker will complete the review process and make a decision with regards to the Winning Solution(s). All Solvers that submit a proposal will be notified on the status of their submissions; however, no detailed evaluation of individual submissions will be provided.

 

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Our vision is for a world that’s cleaner and healthier; today and for future generations. As a global leader in sustainable technologies, we apply our cutting edge science, creating solutions with our customers that make a real difference to the world around us. We have annual sales of over £4.2 billion and an annual operating profit of over £539 million with a gross R&D spend of £190m.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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ABSTRACT

One of the common by-products of industrial activity is sludge: a solid, semisolid, or slurry residual material generated in the process of wastewater treatment. Often, sludges are characterized by high total organic carbon (TOC) content (i.e., TOC exceeding 6%); they need to be treated before being disposed of in landfills.

This Challenge is looking for new and improved methods of TOC reduction that would be less energy-consuming and more environmentally friendly than currently available.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

One of the common by-products of industrial activity is sludge: a solid, semisolid, or slurry residual material generated in the process of wastewater treatment. Often, sludges are characterized by high total organic carbon (TOC) content (i.e., TOC exceeding 6%); they need to be treated before being disposed of in landfills.

Methods to reduce TOC in sludge to acceptable levels are available, but they are energy-consuming and by themselves generate large amounts of atmospheric emissions. This Challenge is, therefore, looking for new and improved methods of TOC reduction (i.e., below 6% TOC) that would be less energy-consuming and more environmentally friendly than currently available.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon the theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 29, 2022.

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of the Iren Group and its subsidiaries (and members of their families) are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Iren is one of the largest and most dynamic multi-utility companies in Italy. It operates in many sectors including the generation and distribution of electricity, production of thermal energy for district heating, and gas. It also manages electric grids and provides integrated water services, as well as environmental and technological services.

Iren serves a multiregional area in the Northwest of Italy. It employs more than 9,000 people and provides a portfolio of services in the energy sector (2 million customers), integrated water sector (2.8 million customers), and waste cycle sector (2.9 million customers). Iren is the largest operator in Italy in the production of thermal energy for district heating.

Iren operates mainly through its business units: Iren Energia, Ireti, Iren Mercato, and Iren Ambiente. The current Challenge is sponsored primarily by Iren Ambiente, a company dealing with integrated environmental services.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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Our deep and long-standing commitment to cardiovascular disease began more than 60 years ago. Today, we are evaluating multiple novel agents to address the needs of patients with serious cardiovascular conditions. Our research is focused on cardiovascular diseases with high unmet needs such as arterial thrombosis, defined subsets of heart failure and cardiomyopathy.

This is an electronic Request-for-Proposals Challenge; the Entrant will only need to submit a written proposal to be evaluated by BMS with the goal of establishing a collaborative partnership.

 

OVERVIEW

Bristol Myers Squibb (BMS) is seeking digital health startup companies or small- or medium-sized enterprises with mid- to late-stage technologies that could create a world with better outcomes for those living with cardiovascular disease. BMS takes its commitment to economic, social and environmental sustainability seriously, and extends this expectation to its partners and suppliers. As a responsible corporate citizen, we seek to actively improve the health of the communities where we live, work and serve. Around the globe, we promote health equity and seek to promote the health outcomes of populations disproportionately affected by serious disease. We believe our diverse and inclusive culture supports better outcomes for all patients and we seek diversity in all aspects of our business.

This is an electronic Request-for-Proposals Challenge. The Entrant will submit a preliminary proposal (including supporting non-confidential information and contact details) to be evaluated by BMS with the goal of presenting a solution that addresses cardiovascular diseases, as further detailed below. Upon completion of the evaluation, BMS may contact selected Entrants directly to select up to five finalists, who will be invited to present live at their own expense during the HLTH Conference (www.HLTH.com) in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 15, 2022.

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on October 31, 2022. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

THE CHALLENGE

How can healthcare equity be addressed by leveraging technology for all three CV diseases mentioned below, keeping in mind that access to health technology, trust, and health literacy are all critical for improving health outcomes in Medically Underserved Communities (MUC)?

Find solutions for the following areas in the CV patient journey:

  1. Diagnosis of CV diseases such as obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (oHCM), AFib, heart failure
  2. Health Equity – what advancements are there in technology to address MUC as it relates to the diagnosis of CV disease?

 

THE OPPORTUNITY

  • Up to five finalists will be invited to participate in a live pitching event at the HLTH conference in Las Vegas, Nevada on November 15, 2022. Travel and accommodations are not included.
  • For more information about HLTH please visit their website: https://www.hlth.com/
  • The Award: Opportunity to pilot with BMS and to meet with the Bio + Health investing team at Andreessen Horowitz (a16z). The team at a16z Bio + Health backs bold entrepreneurs who are engineering biology and reimagining healthcare. 
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ABSTRACT

One of the common by-products of industrial activity is sludge: a solid, semisolid, or slurry residual material generated in the process of wastewater treatment. Often, sludges are characterized by high total organic carbon (TOC) content (i.e., TOC exceeding 6%); they need to be treated before being disposed of in landfills.

This Challenge is looking for new and improved methods of TOC reduction that would be less energy-consuming and more environmentally friendly than currently available.

This Theoretical Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

OVERVIEW

One of the common by-products of industrial activity is sludge: a solid, semisolid, or slurry residual material generated in the process of wastewater treatment. Often, sludges are characterized by high total organic carbon (TOC) content (i.e., TOC exceeding 6%); they need to be treated before being disposed of in landfills.

Methods to reduce TOC in sludge to acceptable levels are available, but they are energy-consuming and by themselves generate large amounts of atmospheric emissions. This Challenge is, therefore, looking for new and improved methods of TOC reduction (i.e., below 6% TOC) that would be less energy-consuming and more environmentally friendly than currently available.

This is a Theoretical Challenge that requires only a written proposal to be submitted. The Challenge award will be contingent upon the theoretical evaluation of the proposal by the Seeker.

To receive an award, the Solvers will not have to transfer their exclusive IP rights to the Seeker. Instead, Solvers will grant the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice their solutions. 

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 29, 2022.

Late submissions will not be considered.

 

ELIGIBILITY

Employees of the Iren Group and its subsidiaries (and members of their families) are not eligible to receive awards for this Challenge.

ABOUT THE SEEKER

Iren is one of the largest and most dynamic multi-utility companies in Italy. It operates in many sectors including the generation and distribution of electricity, production of thermal energy for district heating, and gas. It also manages electric grids and provides integrated water services, as well as environmental and technological services.

Iren serves a multiregional area in the Northwest of Italy. It employs more than 9,000 people and provides a portfolio of services in the energy sector (2 million customers), integrated water sector (2.8 million customers), and waste cycle sector (2.9 million customers). Iren is the largest operator in Italy in the production of thermal energy for district heating.

Iren operates mainly through its business units: Iren Energia, Ireti, Iren Mercato, and Iren Ambiente. The current Challenge is sponsored primarily by Iren Ambiente, a company dealing with integrated environmental services.

 

What is the Wazoku Crowd?

Imagine a world where any problem you have can be looked at by millions of expert, motivated eyes. The Wazoku Crowd makes this possible. With twenty years of experience in crowdsourcing, the Wazoku Crowd is the gold standard for open talent and external innovation solutions. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with the Wazoku Crowd to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge?

A Wazoku Crowd Theoretical Challenge builds upon an idea but is not yet a proof of concept. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product or service.

This Challenge is a Theoretical-Licensing Challenge, meaning that the Seeker is requesting non-exclusive rights to use the winning solution. Solvers that do not win retain the rights to their solution after the evaluation period is complete. The Seeker retains no rights to any IP not awarded.

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