Crystallised Challenges – Some Favorites From Our Fifteen Years

Posted by Michael Franklin on Aug 24, 2016 6:53:00 AM

Starting as a brainwave in 1998, InnoCentive spent three years being scoped, explored and tested whilst within the walls of pharmaceutical company, Eli Lilly. InnoCentive became an official entity in 2001 and during the intervening fifteen years has posted over 2,000 Challenges and awarded nearly $20million. To mark our 15th birthday we look back at notable successes, celebrate the impact Challenges have made, and most importantly acknowledge our excellent Solvers whose ground-breaking ideas have been given the opportunity to flourish through the Challenge Driven Innovation model.

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Topics: Challenges

Paper Products and Packaging: a Nexus for Open Innovation

Posted by Michael Franklin on Jul 8, 2016 9:19:48 AM

More than any time in history, diverse industries, companies and organisations are opening up their processes to a global crowd in the hope of expediting progress and finding diamonds in the rough. One industry that has certainly taken up the open innovation approach is paper products and packaging; the nexus of many scientific disciplines, the diverse technology uses, and the real-life applicability have made this a hot-bed of crowdsourcing Challenges. Whereas more nebulous or abstracted problems may struggle to gain traction on a web-platform, the tangible impact of solutions in the packaging space give a direct reason for Solvers to participate. With growing consumer demands, tightening environmental regulations, and lower costs desired, packaging firms have been quick to use online crowdsourcing and leverage this tangibility to access the power of perspicacious global minds.

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Topics: Innovation Insights, Challenges

MCA Groupe Solver Spotlight

Posted by Michael Hanson on Jun 28, 2016 10:48:58 AM

Our network of problem solvers is increasingly global and diverse, made up of both individuals and companies. But who are the companies involved in solving InnoCentive Challenges and why do they do it? What advice might they have for other companies wanting to become Solvers? To find out, we spoke to Camille Pinard, Structured Projects Manager at the MCA GROUPE – a global engineering and high-tech consulting company and two-time winners of InnoCentive Challenges (9933751 and 9933755).

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Topics: Solvers, Challenges

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