InnoCentive Pavilions: Getting to the Real Problems Faster

Posted by Tom Venable on Jul 2, 2008 2:12:25 PM

As some of you may recall, back in the fall of 2007, we expanded our Challenge disciplines from two to six. Although adding Physical Science, Computer Science & Math, Engineering & Design and Business & Entrepreneurship was a cool step forward, we still weren’t sure those disciplines captured all of the “spirit” of what Solvers are passionate about. Sure, organizing Challenges by expertise makes sense: Doesn’t a Chemist want to work on Chemistry problems and doesn’t an Engineer want to work on Engineering problems? Well, the answer isn’t a simple yes or no.

First and foremost, InnoCentive Solvers, we know you are passionate human beings. Of course you are brilliant and creative, but you have told us that you also want to help the world become a better place for all of us to live. You are passionate about helping Seekers fix REAL problems that affect millions of people. You don’t just want to work on math problems or design challenges, you want to make a difference in helping solve real problems in areas that you care about. These include areas like health care in developing nations or environmentally friendly energy discovery.

As a result, we developed the “Pavillion” concept on the InnoCentive marketplace. These pavilions allow us to organize our Seeker’s Challenges into social, political and business areas of interest. Now Solvers that want to work on “CleanTech” Challenges can browse just that pavilion. Of course challenges in Pavilions still show up in appropriate technical disciplines as well. So a Challenge in CleanTech may also show up in the Engineering & Design or Physical Science disciplines. Or a Challenge in the Rockefeller pavilion may show up in Chemistry or Life Science too. This gives you flexibility is searching Challenges by technical discipline or by the “cause” in which they are most personally interested in.

Currently there are four Pavilions on the InnoCentive Marketplace and we will be adding more in the future.

The Rockefeller Foundation
Clean Tech and Renewable Energy
Global Health
Public Policy and Citizens in Action

You are the crowd….if you have any suggestions for new Pavilions we would love to hear from you. Comment on this post, or contact us, we will get your idea in the queue!

Tom

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