Sunday, December 25, 2016

Proteus Innovation Competition Will Help Bring Promising Technology to Market

The Proteus Innovation Competition is a four-month challenge in which individuals will compete to create an effective strategy for commercializing one of three promising technologies. The winners will receive a cash prize of up to $7,500.

The competition allows contestants to sharpen their business skills and work with skilled and experienced mentors to accelerate the go-to-market process for inventions being produced by London’s top institutions. In addition to the prize money, winners will have the opportunity to license the corresponding technologies and form their own startup company. Read more from this blog.

Saturday, December 24, 2016

Walgreens Expressions Challenge Relies on Skild Contest Platform

As a company whose goal is to help people get healthy, stay healthy, and live well, it’s not surprising that Walgreens would coordinate a challenge around teen health, and we’re honored that they have chosen to use the Skild contest platform. A group called the Walgreens Community Task Force noticed the rising incidence of sexually transmitted diseases (STDs), including HIV and AIDS, among 14 to 18 year olds and thought the people best able to talk about this serious topic was students themselves.

The Task Force felt that art would be a great “language” with which to encourage young people to make better life choices especially in their relationships. The Expressions Challenge is designed to enable students to have a positive influence on their friends, classmates, and community. This post originally appeared on blog page.

Friday, December 23, 2016

Polsinelli Innovation Hackathon Focuses on Midwest Technology Excellence

Global Midwest Alliance is an organization that represents more than 150 companies and institutions from around the Midwest to encourage connectivity, benchmarking, marketing, and support for the commercialization of technology in the region. In collaboration, with Polsinelli, a law firm with 750 attorneys in 100 offices, they are putting on their 8th Annual Innovation Competition.

The challenge was created to help emerging companies and those seeking venture capital get noticed and make connections. The competition showcases developers of new technologies that offer significant returns for investors and customers while providing solutions to global challenges. Past hackathon and innovation competition participants have gone on to win other competitions, obtain funding, engage with new partners, and win business opportunities. Head on over to blog page to know more.

Thursday, December 22, 2016

Skild Online Contest Management Powers the LEADing Practice Challenge

Launched in 2011, ImagineNation Challenges is a Canadian organization that seeks to inspire innovative ideas in healthcare and to support a community of innovators in Canada through various kinds of challenges. While each of the 12 challenges they have promoted is different, they all have the same objective: to improve the quality of care and enhance the experience of patients in the Canadian healthcare system. ImagineNation is using the Skild online contest management software to coordinate the LEADing Practice Challenge.

About the LEADing Practice Challenge

The use of digital health technologies in Canada is growing faster than ever. For the past three years, the LEADing Practices Initiative has been showcasing outstanding uses of digital health technology in patient care. Post originally appeared on blog page.

Wednesday, December 21, 2016

The Aspen Challenge Chooses Skild’s Competition Platform

How do you encourage young people to look for solutions to some of the biggest issues facing humanity? You provide them with inspiration, tools, and a platform for designing and promoting unique solutions. That’s what the Aspen Challenge, powered by Skild’s competition platform, does.

Supported by the Aspen Institute and the Bezos Family Foundation, the Aspen Challenge encourages students to use their imagination to solve critical problems. Each year, the Challenge partners with an urban school district that has at least 25 percent of students eligible for free or reduced-cost lunch. The current partner is The School District of Philadelphia, with past Challenges being held in the Los Angeles Unified School District, Denver Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Schools, District of Columbia Public Charter School Board, and Chicago Public Schools. Up to 20 schools in the district are invited to participate. Read more on this article.

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

Air Force Prize Innovation Contest Entices Entrants with $2 Million

We’re all familiar with innovation contests in the private sector. At Skild, we help organizations of all kinds coordinate them.

But now the military is seeking to take advantage of the concept of bringing many sharp minds and independent perspectives to bear on a problem in order to find the best solution. Responding to a directive from the Secretary of the Air Force to “bend the cost curve” and utilize every budget dollar to its fullest, the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL) has launched the first Air Force Prize.

The $2 million award will go to the inventor who successfully develops a small, lightweight, fuel-efficient turbine engine. This is, of course, no walk in the park. The engine must meet strenuous requirements as judged by AFRL experts. Read more from this blog.