INNOVATION CONTESTS

 

Getting new and improved products to market faster has never been as important as it is today. To sustain one’s competitive advantage, a company needs to reduce development times and often that means finding solutions from outside the company in other fields. Innovation Contests enable a sponsoring company to quickly identify a community of innovators who can focus on their specific technology challenge and provide solutions that can be acted upon, including working prototypes.

 

An Innovation Contest employs integrated marketing and PR elements to signal to the global innovation community that the sponsoring company is committed to advancing their technology solutions and is open to collaboration.

 

 

 
 

NSF Hearables Challenge

Sponsored by: The National Science Foundation

Status: Open to Submissions

 

While some hearable technologies can enhance hearing, there are situations where these technologies do not perform optimally.  The goal of the NSF Hearables Challenge is to demonstrate solutions that improve hearing in noisy settings, such as restaurants.    

 

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HeadHealthTECH Challenge II

Hosted by the National Football League (NFL) and Football Research, Inc. (FRI), and managed by Duke University's Clinical and Translational Science Institute (Duke CTSI) 

Status: Open to Submissions

TECH Challenge II invites proposals focused on helmet technologies and all surfaces that helmets may contact, including turf, grass, other helmets, opponent shoulder pads and other padding.

 

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Ensemble, Réinventons les Produits Laitiers!

Together, Let’s Reinvent Dairy!

Sponsorisé par / Sponsored by: Agropur

Status: Participants sélectionnés sont annoncéses 
Status: Selected Participants Announced

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NextChallenge: Smart Cities

Sponsored by Wells Fargo, NextEnergy, DENSO, and DTE Energy

Status: Winners Announced

NineSigma is proud to support this initiative to find smart city technology solutions addressing one or more of the following technology needs: 1) Smart Parking, 2) Smart Transportation, 3) Smart Infrastructure, and 4) Smart Buildings.

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Bathroom in a Day Challenge

Sponsored by Mitros

Status: Winners Announced

Mitros, a Dutch social housing corporation based in the city of Utrecht, invites proposals for innovative approaches that can substantially accelerate the renovation process of bathrooms in social apartments and houses.

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Insulated Pressure Vessel Inspection Contest:

Sponsored by Statoil ASA

Status: Winners Announced

Statoil operates numerous onshore and offshore facilities, and has a long tradition of being a frontrunner when it comes to the piloting and implementation of new technology.  NineSigma representing Statoil is seeking proposals for non-intrusive inspection technologies for Insulated Pressure Vessels. 

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Unimpossible Missions: The University Edition:

Sponsored by GE

Status: Winners Announced

GE challenges University students to make the impossible unimpossible – select a common expression or idiom – and then describe an experiment that disproves it.

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Lighting without a Bulb Contest:

Sponsored by Corning and OLEDWorks

Status: Winners Announced

Corning Incorporated and OLEDWorks invite design proposals for OLED lighting applications that highlight the special features of OLED technology: thin form factors, low weight lighting elements, cool to touch, and high light quality.

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CooperVision Science & Technology Award Program:

Sponsored by CooperVision

 

CooperVision is dedicated to raising the bar on product excellence and creating the next generation of contact lenses. The goal of the Award Program is to bring award recipients and CooperVision scientists together to explore new areas of technology advancement.

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The Blue Economy Challenge:

Sponsored by DFAT/InnovationXchange, WWF, ConservationXLabs and SecondMuse

Status: Winners Announced

NineSigma is proud to support this non-profit initiative to find solutions to three important issues of aquaculture:  1) Rethinking feed for aquaculture 2) New ocean products and 3) Sustainable design.  Click below to learn more about the Blue Economy Challenge website. 

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Cool Ship Technologies Contest:

Sponsored by The Hershey Company

Status: Phase 1 Winners Announced

NineSigma, representing The Hershey Company, seeks to identify new systems or materials that will allow chocolate to be shipped in warm weather without the need for gel packs. 

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Intelligent Energy Management Challenge:

Sponsored by the Swedish Energy Agency

Status:  Winners Announced

The Swedish Energy Agency together with Swedish Municipalities of Arvika, Eskilstuna, Gothenberg, Herrljunga and Uppsala, seek submissions for Intelligent Energy Management solutions that manage the energy infrastructure of buildings, in order to increase the self consumption of produced solar energy.

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The NASA HUB:

Sponsored by NASA Tournament Lab

Status: Challenge I and II Winners Announced

The NASA Challenges leverage open innovation, advancing visionary aspirations for life in space, and interplanetary travel.  NineSigma is proud to partner with the NASA Tournament Lab to find innovations that will reshape what we see as possible today in the world of space exploration and habitation.

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Waste Heat Recovery Contest:

Sponsored by PKN ORLEN

Status: Winners Announced

Conserving energy is an absolute necessity for all industries. PKN ORLEN has made optimal use of the high-grade waste heat sources in their refinery in Plock (Poland). However, the heat lost through the air coolers at the top of the distillation column still needs a solution. The goal of this project is to find waste heat recovery technologies that can operate with low-grade heat.

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New Helium Applications Contest:

Sponsored by Praxair

Status: Winners Announced

Praxair, a leader in industrial gases, is seeking new & innovative uses for helium. The goal of this project is to expand the helium market through the development of new applications.

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Automated Baggage Handling Challenge:

Sponsored by KLM and Schiphol

Status: Winners announced

KLM Royal Dutch Airlines and Schiphol Amsterdam Airport are striving to improve both the human factor as well as efficiency, and believe that new technologies can be a breakthrough in baggage handling. The goal of this challenge is to find proposals for baggage handling systems in order to carry out this process fully automated.

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Alternative Manufacturing of Castings Challenge:

Sponsored by GE

Status: Round 1 Winners announced. Round 2 Winners announced.
The objective of the Competition is to identify alternative (novel and non-mainstream) manufacturing methods to investment castings which will improve upon current processes while maintaining and/or improving quality and reliability, with specific focus on transformative and emerging technologies early stage techniques.

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Industrial Solutions Challenge:

Sponsored by GE

Status: Winners announced

The goal of the Industrial Solutions Challenge is to design an innovative, attractive, user-friendly, ergonomic rotary handle accessory for GE's molded case circuit (MCC) breaker.

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