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I'm a Solver: Madhavi Muranjan

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Madhavi Muranjan is a repeat InnoCentive Solver.  With a…
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I'm a Solver: Nithin Thomas of SQR Systems

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Nithin Thomas is CEO of SQR Systems, recent winner of The Global…
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Fatbergs, Fuel Cylinders and Fusion Energy: How Crowdsourcing is Changing Innovation in Engineering

Although InnoCentive has a history of solving problems in the healthcare and pharmaceutical industries, as shown by Seekers such as AstraZeneca, Cleveland Clinic or GlaxoSmithKline to name a few, our methodology is highly adaptable and we are by no means restricted to this sector, as highlighted in the recent piece on the diverse uses of crowdsourcing competitions. Engineering in particular is a discipline where InnoCentive has run a number of intriguing Challenges through our innovation platform, whether that be civil, mechanical or electrical and here we highlight a few examples. In 2015, a 10-tonne congealed lump of food and other […]

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Think slow, innovate fast

Post hoc ergo propter hoc. As we live in an interconnected world that moves ever faster and desires instantaneous results, we can become quick to judge the apparent causes for any outcome. We frequently assume the obvious and straightforward – seeing the gratification of an immediate answer and concluding a project with a seemingly happy ending. However, as the post hoc fallacy insinuates, correlation does not always equate to causation. Open Innovation and crowdsourcing are not immune to this misconception and we can be so eager to innovate faster and call upon the crowd, that we instantly grab for the […]

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Changing your perspective – three ways to adapt your thinking and improve your Open Innovation outcomes

Agreeing to undertake an Open Innovation project and identifying suitable Challenges are only the first steps in the Crowdsourcing process. Accompanying this action must be a definitive move towards broadening perspectives at both the company and personal level. What follows are three of the main mental barriers we frequently encounter with clients and suggested means through which to overcome them – in doing so, helping you optimise the results from Open Innovation.   1. Removing the “Not Invented Here” Paradigm The first organisational perspective that can become a barrier to Open Innovation is the premise of “Not Invented Here”. Your […]

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Royal Society of Chemistry – InnoCentive Partnership

At InnoCentive, we strive to enable the greatest number and diversity of creative and bright minds to tackle problems that matter. Which is why we’re so excited to announce our new partnership with the Royal Society of Chemistry – the world’s leading chemistry community, advancing excellence in the chemical sciences. This partnership means that selected InnoCentive Challenges will be posted on the new Royal Society of Chemistry Open Innovation Pavilion, thereby benefiting from the engagement by their global membership of over 50,000 and millions of web users through the Royal Society of Chemistry’s multi-channel promotions. The Royal Society of Chemistry […]

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A Globalised Solver Network to meet the Challenges of the 21st Century

A leitmotif of the past 30 years, globalisation has driven a significant compression of time and distance – a shrinking of the world. No longer are companies siloed off in territorial compartments, only interacting with those who share the same nationality. There is a global talent pool and organisations are realising that accessing this group is key to accelerating innovation and discovering diverse viewpoints that otherwise would not have been found. InnoCentive and crowdsourcing are built upon this belief – that however talented an internal company team is, there exists a ‘long-tail’ of global innovators who can provide truly great solutions. […]

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Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP Institute launches $150,000 third Challenge and awards second

The Epilepsy Foundation SUDEP (Sudden Unexpected Death in Epilepsy) Institute announced the winners of their second Challenge, “Preventing Epilepsy Seizures”. They asked Solvers to propose a method of intervention to reduce the risk of seizures and thus preventing SUDEP. Out of over 300 registrants and 83 submitted solutions, the Epilepsy Self-Monitor (EpSMon) mobile app was awarded the prize. EpSMon monitors epilepsy activity between doctor visits to determine if individuals are at risk and provides information on how to reduce their risk of a seizure. EpSMon was created by partners at Plymouth University, SUDEP Action, Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust, and […]