It has been nearly 3 weeks since the Emergency Response 2.0 Oil Spill Challenge was posted on the InnoCentive Marketplace and the response has been tremendous. More than one thousand project rooms have been opened, and the submissions have totaled in the hundreds.
There has been a lot of media coverage around the solutions we’ve received, many of which are workable and can be tested and implemented in a timely manner. Below are some highlights from the last few weeks:
Early this week, The Weather Channel’s Al Roker interviewed CEO Dwayne Spradlin about how InnoCentive Solvers have taken up the challenge to solve the oil spill problems and to discuss a “what’s next” step.
InnoCentive's Mike Albarelli was asked by Slate.com to comment on suggestions for stopping the oil spill submitted by their readers.
The Street suggested that BP may be “letting the best solutions slip by,” citing two specific solutions submitted by InnoCentive Solvers.
A couple of weeks ago Ira Flatow, host of NPR’s live radio show “Talk of the Nation: Science Friday” invited Dwayne Spradlin (as well as Dot Earth blogger Andrew Revkin and UC Berkeley professor Robert Bea) for a lively discussion around the ideas submitted to InnoCentive, the need for a crowdsourcing capability to increase the effectiveness of response efforts, and general preventative measures around oil spills and other disasters such as Hurricane Katrina.
Our Solvers have “answered the call,” sending in proposals to “cover and collect” the leak that ranged from explosives, various containment methods using metal or liquid nitrogen and “natural” barriers designed using sand and reefs. We received schematics, plans, drawings and sample materials and directions on how to use them. Interestingly, we even received ideas similar to BP’s containment dome that was to be deployed three weeks ago. InnoCentive has gathered the best and most promising solutions and we are ready to send the best solutions to BP for review. We'd like to extend a big thank you to our Solvers for stepping up to help with this catastrophic event.