James Mitchell

Posted by Liz Moise on Jun 18, 2008 10:41:45 AM

I am not a fan of research for the sake of research. I like to see a direct application of my work. In this regard, InnoCentive is a gift from heaven for me. I have always been interested in applying my research and reasoning skills to practical problems. It is this kind of need that fires my imagination. If there is a problem that needs to be solved, I want to contribute to the solution.

I get a real kick out of working on a subject that is far from my inner sphere of expertise, especially when my ideas turn out to be good. Winning two InnoCentive Challenges, one on corrosion detection and the other on sulfur encapsulation for lubrication applications, are some of the achievements of which I am most proud. Of course I have rendered many other solutions that were not accepted. (Ed Melcarek and Nikolay Barashkov are strong competition!). But I did enjoy formulating them and I shall continue to send in proposed solutions, for who knows, maybe they will turn out to be valuable and, yes, lucrative.

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Topics: Solvers

Challenges That Matter

Posted by Liz Moise on Jun 17, 2008 12:32:20 PM

Many of you have told us that you got involved with InnoCentive because you wanted to work on problems that matter. We just posted a video on our YouTube Channel about an inspiring new Challenge from the Barr Foundation and Cambridge Energy Alliance. Their goal is to improve energy efficiency in room air-conditioners, and in turn reduce peak electricity demand in the city of Cambridge, MA (USA). This solution could have a global impact in the reduction of fuel usage if it is replicated in other cities and countries, and we are very proud to team up with the Cambridge Energy Alliance to help address this problem. Check out the Challenge here. The video is below:

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Topics: Innovation Insights, Challenges

From the CEO: "Why I Do What I Do"

Posted by Dwayne Spradlin on Jun 16, 2008 3:07:57 PM

Someone recently said to me, "Dwayne, why do you do what you do?" I suppose I'd been asked that question before, but this was the first time I ever stopped to think about its essence so deeply. Perhaps the best questions come with youth and the best answers with age. I spent some time putting my thoughts into words and decided I would share with you, my InnoCentive family, 'Why I do what I do.'

When I replayed my own personal journey, I began to realize that there were two experiences, both culminating in moments of self realization, that have shaped me indelibly:

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Topics: Innovation Insights

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