CONTEST #8330262




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Dispense Your Genius Contest



Aptar is a global market leader in dispensing systems for the packaging industry. We strive to satisfy consumers’ need for safety and convenience by delivering innovative solutions that provide product evacuation and portion control while protecting the product integrity and keeping the package sealed. Historically, Aptar has revolutionized the way Sauces & Condiments are dispensed a number of times by leveraging different solutions and technologies. Each revolution provided consumers with a superior packaging interaction and a much more convenient experience.


Aptar is now looking for novel methods and mechanisms to once again revolutionize the way Sauces & Condiments are dispensed. Do you have what it takes? Dispense Your Genius, and show us your saucy idea!







NineSigma, representing Aptar (a market leader for dispensing systems in the packaging industry), invites participants to submit proposals for novel methods and mechanisms to achieve a revolutionary way of dispensing viscous food products, such as sauces and condiments, that can also withstand supply chain challenges related to e-commerce.


This contest seeks substantiated functional design elements, components or technologies that can enable an innovative solution for a clean, controlled and convenient dispense of viscous food products such as ketchup, mustard, barbeque sauce, hot sauce, etc. 


Please refer to the Contest Summary for background information and further detail.  







Aptar will award up to 5 (five) Entries with a US$10,000.00 (Ten Thousand Dollar) cash prize each and the opportunity to further interact with Aptar to develop functional prototypes and tools leading to the potential commercialization of the final solution. Aptar may also explore further interactions with participants, even if the Entry is not a prize winner. Funding and terms of these interactions will be negotiated accordingly after the execution of a confidentiality agreement between the parties.









Submissions will be evaluated by the following criteria:

  1. Feasibility: The Entry is technologically sound, implementable, and addresses one or more of the identified design focus areas in a unique way.
  2. Creativity: The Entry enables a completely novel, new-to-market dispensing experience.
  3. Simplicity: The Entry is easy to implement and intuitive for consumer use.
  4. Scalability: The Entry will not present significant manufacturing challenges and has clear opportunity for commercialization.
  5. Sustainability: The Entry will consider socio-economic and environmental impacts (i.e. address sustainability of materials, etc.)





Your compelling proposal should be supported by a concise technology description, and include supporting evidence such as:

  • technical drawings showing functionality
  • a list of steps to support proof of concept
  • any performance data associated with the approach
  • use case evidence, if your approach is a fully developed solution
  • link to a private video to demonstrate mechanism of dispensing (2 minutes max), (suggested but not required)
  • any other substantiated evidence to support the proposed approach. 

See Official Rules for details. Must submit at least one entry by 5:00pm EST on November 15, 2017 to be eligible.  Must be 18 years of age or older to participate. No purchase necessary. Void where prohibited.


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Pam Semanik




Pam Semanik
Senior Program Manager 

NineSigma, Inc.

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Alan Sica
President, Global Market Development - Food 



Rodolfo Haenni

Director, Global Market Development - Food




Luciana Verechi

Global Marketing Specialist - Food