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Solve pressing science, technological, and policy problems and make innovation happen. Apply your expertise, stretch your creative boundaries, and win cash awards ranging from $5,000 to $1 million — all the while helping advance human progress and making the world a better place...

Solve pressing science, technological, and policy problems and make innovation happen. Apply your expertise, stretch your creative boundaries, and win cash awards ranging from $5,000 to $1 million — all the while helping advance human progress and making the world a better place...

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Thomson Reuters Eikon Text Tagging Challenge

Challenge Reward: See Details Challenge Type: RTP

Investors are flooded every day by thousands of news items from many different sources – blogs, feeds, internal reports, news services – yet only a small number of those items may be of interest to a particular investor.  Filtering these news items for companies or organizations of interest is becoming increasingly important as the number and variety of sources expands, yet it is becoming more difficult because many of these news items are not explicitly tagged with the relevant companies or organizations.  The Seeker, Thomson Reuters, is searching for an algorithm to accurately tag incoming news items by relevance for companies or organizations mentioned within the news item.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and delivery of source code implementing an algorithm that solves the problem.  Additionally, as a Prodigy Challenge a real-time online scoring utility and leaderboard will be available to track Solver algorithm performance.

This Challenge has a special award structure with awards of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively for granting the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice the solutions.  In addition, the Seeker may, at its sole discretion, award an additional $20,000 (“Additional Award”) to one or more of the submissions awarded a Licensing Award to obtain ownership of the solution.  Awards will be based on Seeker’s determination of solution performance using a reserved independent validation set.

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DEADLINE: Aug 26 2014 Project Rooms 356 May 23 2014
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Thomson Reuters Eikon Text Tagging Challenge

Challenge Reward: See Details Challenge Type: RTP

Investors are flooded every day by thousands of news items from many different sources – blogs, feeds, internal reports, news services – yet only a small number of those items may be of interest to a particular investor.  Filtering these news items for companies or organizations of interest is becoming increasingly important as the number and variety of sources expands, yet it is becoming more difficult because many of these news items are not explicitly tagged with the relevant companies or organizations.  The Seeker, Thomson Reuters, is searching for an algorithm to accurately tag incoming news items by relevance for companies or organizations mentioned within the news item.

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires written documentation and delivery of source code implementing an algorithm that solves the problem.  Additionally, as a Prodigy Challenge a real-time online scoring utility and leaderboard will be available to track Solver algorithm performance.

This Challenge has a special award structure with awards of $20,000, $10,000, and $5,000 for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place, respectively for granting the Seeker a non-exclusive license to practice the solutions.  In addition, the Seeker may, at its sole discretion, award an additional $20,000 (“Additional Award”) to one or more of the submissions awarded a Licensing Award to obtain ownership of the solution.  Awards will be based on Seeker’s determination of solution performance using a reserved independent validation set.

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DEADLINE: Aug 26 2014 Project Rooms 356 May 23 2014

Identifying Best-in-Class Support Services for Patients with Diabetes

Challenge Reward: $15,000 USD Challenge Type: Ideation

When people are first diagnosed with diabetes, they can experience a variety of emotions such as denial, anger, and resignation. Although there is no cure for diabetes, it can be successfully managed by eating a balanced diet, maintaining a healthy weight, and keeping blood sugar levels in the target range. Many patients are prescribed insulin, either because their bodies do not produce enough insulin or are unable to use insulin properly. Learning to administer the drug via self-injections and effective dose management can be difficult for patients. The Seeker recognizes the importance of assisting the patient as a whole and desires innovative approaches for best-in-class support services. 

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

Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on June 27, 2014. 

Late submissions will not be considered.

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 437 May 13 2014

Enhancing Bio-Efficacy of Low Water-Soluble Active Ingredient (AI) for Seed Treatments

Challenge Reward: $20,000 USD Challenge Type: Theoretical-IP Transfer

Seed treatment is an effective means to deliver bioactive molecules directly to the surface of a seed, prior to planting and germination.  The Seeker is looking to increase the bioavailability of a poorly water-soluble active ingredient (AI) for seed treatment use.  In a generalized sense, the solution requires that a poorly water-soluble compound be deposited on the surface of a seed, with a strategy for improving the bioavailability, for example, by enhancing the solubility of the AI or the mobility of the AI in the soil.  The solution can be formulation or process oriented, and must not impact the ability of the seed to germinate or grow.

Ideally, the methods, materials and equipments for application must be industry standard, commercially available, safe for humans and the environment, and deliver reproducible results.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 394 Feb 21 2014

Solid-waste Management in Humanitarian Response

Challenge Reward: $15,000 USD Challenge Type: Theoretical-licensing

When large numbers of people are displaced due to natural or man-made disasters, they flee their homes and settle in formal or informal camps. One major problem is the management of solid wastes (trash, rubbish, garbage, litter) produced by large numbers of people in a relatively small area. Improper management of solid wastes leads to many issues, mostly centered on degrading the health of the people involved. We are searching for the most economical process of managing solid wastes without worsening the already poor living conditions in these areas or causing harm to individuals or the environment.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

(photo by Jenkins Macedo)

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 575 Feb 05 2014

Future Clothes Washing Technology

Challenge Reward: $40,000 USD Challenge Type: Theoretical-IP Transfer

Conventional washing machines cause excessive damage and wrinkling to clothes primarily during the water removal step. With the introduction of high efficiency washers, not only has cleansing performance been improved, but water and energy consumption has also decreased. What if you were able to clean your clothes at home without using any water? The Seeker desires to revolutionize the laundry process with a novel technology that uses no liquid, creates no wrinkles, and does not damage clothes.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal. The Seeker may consider further collaboration with Solver(s) who receive an award for this Challenge.

ALERT: Award increased to $40,000. New deadline is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on February 14, 2014. 

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 584 Dec 03 2013

The Dow Chemical Company is the leading producer of polyalkylene glycols (PAGs) used in synthetic fluids and lubricants where petroleum, animal and vegetable oil-based products do not provide the desired performance.   Recently Dow introduced a new generation of PAGs that are OIL-SOLUBLE.  Unlike conventional water soluble and insoluble PAGs, “Oil-Sol PAGs” are miscible in hydrocarbon oils and provide other unique performance properties.  Oil-Sol PAGs are demonstrating superior performance in industrial lubricants and increased energy efficiency in automotive applications.  However, there is a vast array of other markets to explore, such as household cleaning, fabric conditioning, sunscreen, skin care, hair care, cosmetics, deodorant, pharmaceuticals, agriculture, marine, space, defense and more.  Solvers are challenged to present uses, formulations and chemical processing ideas that will accelerate commercialization of Oil-Sol PAGs in existing or new markets.

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

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 313 Dec 02 2013

Concepts for Benefit Denial of Fragrance Packaging

Challenge Reward: $10,000 USD Challenge Type: Ideation

Fragrances are targets for retail theft due to their small size, high value and easy resale. Benefit denial is the idea that if you can make a product lose its value when stolen, there will be no incentive to steal it. The Seeker is looking for ideas for benefit denial concepts for fragrances such that they are not usable, resalable if not legitimately purchased. 

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

 

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 519 Oct 03 2013

Non-Destructive Quantitative Testing of Adhesive Bond Strength

Challenge Reward: $20,000 USD Challenge Type: Theoretical-licensing

How can we test the mechanical properties of a bond between 2 structures without breaking or damaging the bond or the substrate materials? This challenge is looking for non-destructive testing methods or technologies that will enable accurate prediction of the strength of an adhesive bond between heterogenous materials. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

 

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 524 Mar 15 2013

Rapidly Extract and Concentrate Cells from a Complex Medium

Challenge Reward: $20,000 USD Challenge Type: Theoretical-licensing

This challenge seeks methods or technologies to isolate cells from a complex mixture and then concentrate those cells in a small liquid volume, in less than 4 hours total. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 589 Mar 08 2013

Synthesis for Si(O1-zXz)y (X = B, C, N, S, Cl)

Challenge Reward: $30,000 USD Challenge Type: RTP

A method is needed to synthesize Si(O1-zXz)y (X = B, C, N, S, Cl; where 0.2 < z < 0.5; 0.5 < y < 1.5) meeting specific requirements. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data (and/or sample delivery).

 

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 98 Jan 29 2013

“An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure” – a common saying that is particularly true when it comes to peoples’ long-term health.  The Seeker for this Challenge, UnitedHealthcare, seeks to promote healthier lifestyles and/or new approaches for managing widespread chronic conditions by taking advantage of two exciting dynamics in today’s marketplace – innovative consumer technologies and consumer-centric health solutions.  Accordingly, they are seeking prototypes of novel combinations or modifications (“mods”) of existing, off-the-shelf consumer technology (including computer software and smartphone applications) that could be used to improve peoples’ health and quality of life. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept data (and/or prototype delivery).  In the absence of a proven solution, however, the Seeker may make a partial award of up to $20,000 USD for a purely theoretical contribution.  In addition to the Challenge award, the Seeker may be interested in further collaboration with winning Solver(s) to further advance this project.

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 854 Jan 08 2013

Surface Modification of PTFE Nanopowder

Challenge Reward: $15,000 USD Challenge Type: Theoretical-IP Transfer

A method or treatment is required to allow complete dispersion of PTFE nanopowder particles in a hydrophilic solvent. 

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 265 Feb 08 2013

Novel Design for a Simple Timer Based on Fluid Flow and Color Change

Challenge Reward: $50,000 USD Challenge Type: RTP

This Challenge seeks novel prototypes for a simple reusable timer based on the principles of reverse fluid flow and color change. 

This is a Reduction-to-Practice Challenge that requires both a written proposal and experimental proof-of-concept evidence. Solvers may submit 1-page abstracts describing their proposed solution by 14-Jan-2013 to receive brief feedback from the Seeker before committing to experimental work.

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UNDER EVALUATION Project Rooms 643 Dec 13 2012

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