Meet Enel, InnoCentive’s Innovation and Sustainability Partner

Posted by InnoCentive on Sep 28, 2018 11:17:00 AM

Back in May, InnoCentive officially announced a major partnership with Enel, a multinational leader and integrated player in the global power, gas and renewables markets. This partnership entails the creation of open innovation challenges and other initiatives to support Enel’s pursuit of multiple UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

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Topics: Enel

The Winners of the Wildland Fire Sensors Challenge Have Been Announced

Posted by InnoCentive on Sep 18, 2018 12:20:00 PM

In 2017, the United States Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) joined five other federal agencies on a mission to improve air sensor monitoring technologies that measure pollutants contained within the smoke that fills the sky during wildfires. The EPA worked again with InnoCentive to design a challenge that would be presented to our diverse network of over 400,000 global Solvers.  

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Topics: Challenges, Solvers

How to Attract the Brightest Innovative Minds to Your R&D Department

Posted by InnoCentive on Sep 10, 2018 10:49:00 AM

The benefits historically of having the best and brightest minds working at your company or organization are self-evident. When you recruit and keep the top talent in your industry, you stand the best chance of not only beating your competition, but you may also be able to outlast them. The same can be said about R&D departments: those who leverage the brightest minds in any field will innovate faster, more efficiently and with far less investment.

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Topics: Innovation Insights

The Problem with Being too Agreeable

Posted by InnoCentive on Sep 7, 2018 10:58:00 AM

Agreeableness is one of the Big Five Personality Traits that are occasionally referred to as the Dimensions of Personality. It’s also quite a controversial trait for many in the business world. While it’s generally accepted that agreeable people – those who are perceived as kind, sympathetic, cooperative, warm, and considerate – are pleasant to be around, clinical phycologists maintain the personality trait, while great for social interactions, is not always the best for business, particularly for managers and those who hold other leadership positions.

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Topics: Innovation Insights

An Inside Look at How NASA Broke Out of its Innovation Shell

Posted by InnoCentive on Sep 3, 2018 10:32:00 AM

When people think of NASA, they think of innovation, creativity and pushing the boundaries of what is humanly possible. It’s the organization that put a man on the moon, is actively pursuing a mission to Mars, and, through various R&D contracts, helped develop a variety of consumer technology that includes temper foam, LASIK, scratch-resistant lenses and invisible braces.

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Topics: Challenges, Innovation Insights

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