Wednesday, March 29, 2017

Ghana’s Jubilee Competition Platform Gets Underway

The Republic of Ghana is a country in West Africa with a population of approximately 27 million. Rich in natural resources, those reserves have historically been the backbone of the Ghana’s economy. However, there is an economic plan in place known as Ghana Vision 2020. It lays out steps for Ghana to be the first African country to become a developed country between 2020 and 2029 and a newly industrialized nation between 2030 and 2039.

Part of that process will be encouraging technological innovation. Recently, the Planning Committee for what’s called the Ghana at 60 Anniversary announced a competition platform referred to as the Jubilee Innovation Challenge. Its goal is to challenge youth and adults ages 18 to 35 to come up with creative solutions for societal problems. Read more from this blog.

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Registration Opens for DOM Environmental Online Contest Management

DOM is a word inspired by the idea of continuity and sustainability in Arabic. Launched by Youth Vision, the online contest management is focused on raising environmental awareness in the country of Oman. For those familiar with the name but not its geographic location, Oman is on the Persian Gulf and is bordered by the United Arab Emirates to the northwest, Saudi Arabia to the west, and Yemen to the southwest. It has marine borders in common with Iran and Pakistan.

Organizers want the event to help promote a socio-environmental culture by challenging young people to come up with innovative ideas for addressing local environmental issues in creative and sustainable ways. Supported and promoted by BP Oman, the event is the first of its kind in the country. It is hoped that it will not only help solve environmental problems, but will also help foster a culture of innovative entrepreneurship. Read more on this article.

Friday, March 17, 2017

Citi Launches Tech for Integrity Innovation Contest

Citi, the international banking organization, has launched the Citi Tech for Integrity Challenge (T4I). The innovation contest looks to encourage inventors and innovators worldwide to develop advanced solutions that will promote integrity, accountability, and transparency in public sector entities. Something that both the organizers and the entities themselves agree is lacking.

The challenge will provide organizations in the public sector with technology designed to make their operations more efficient and transparent. It is being presented as a joint effort among private and public sector partners that include PwC, Microsoft, Facebook, MasterCard, and IBM. The innovation contest is an “open invitation” event that welcomes companies of all types and sizes. Read more from this blog.

Sunday, March 12, 2017

WiseHacks Online Contest Management to Host the Best and Brightest UVa-Wise

It’s only in recent years that people have begun to realize that we don’t need to wait for major corporations to solve our problems for us. By gathering groups of smart, creative, curious, and motivated “hackers,” we can advance technology at twice the speed and a fraction of the cost of corporate research and development efforts. At least that’s the idea. And really, it’s only part of the equation. The other focus of the online contest management is simply to have fun hanging out with like-minded tech aficionados! Read more from this article:

Thursday, March 9, 2017

Tele2 IoT Contest Management Looks to Push the Envelope of the Internet of Things

Telecommunications company Tele2 has provided the first open low-power, wide-area (LWPA) network in Sweden, in the city of Gothenburg. Now the Tele2 IoT Challenge is asking the question that’s on many people’s minds: “LWPA networks exist. What do we do with them?” The contest management encourages everyone—from major corporations to startups to students—to brainstorm great uses for this new technology. And there’s money, mentoring, and more at stake. Read more from this article:

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Join 499 of Your Peers at the HackPrinceton Hackathon

Full of ground-breaking tech ideas but have nowhere to express them? Enjoy 36 hours of pure hacking bliss at the HackPrinceton Hackathon March 31 through April 2, 2017 in Princeton, NJ. Past sponsors include Microsoft, Facebook, Capital One, and Twitter, so you know the free food, swag, prizes, and available technology will be great! Read more from this article:

Tuesday, March 7, 2017

High School Students Break New Ground in Northrop Grumman’s Innovation Competition Platform

The High School competition platform takes place from February through April each year and is hosted by select Northrop Grumman sites. It’s a design competition that in the past has challenged students to create remote-controlled airplanes, launcher systems, airships, and deployables. The event promotes STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) education and encourages students to discover the interesting and rewarding aspects of these disciplines. Read more from This Article:

Monday, March 6, 2017

Gavi INFUSE Innovation Contest Seeks Better Ways to Immunize the World’s Children

Did you know that global immunization coverage for children, which had been making steady progress for decades, has now been stalled at approximately 80 percent for several years? Sadly, children who could and should receive life-saving vaccines are not getting them. And for the lack of one quick injection, they are suffering, and in some cases dying, needlessly. But with creative thinking brought to light by an innovation contest that can be changed. Read more from this Article:

Sunday, March 5, 2017

Ericsson Innovation Competition Ponders the Future of Food

The Ericsson Innovation Awards 2017 is a global innovation competition for students that challenge them to create innovative information and communications technology (ICT) solutions in partnership with Ericsson employees.
Experts estimate that the world population will be 9.6 billion by 2050. With our planet’s limited resources, how will we feed them all? Clearly we’ll have to be more efficient in the way we grow, store, and distribute food. We’ll also have to make major advances in our sustainability efforts. Ericsson knows from experience that ICT must play a major role in on how the world’s population is effectively fed. Read more from this Article:

Valeo Innovation Contest Seeks to Make the Cars of 2030 More Intelligent

Valeo is an automotive supplier based in France that partners with automobile manufacturers worldwide. With an annual research and development budget of over one billion euros, the company is very focused on innovation. And it values new ideas, wherever they come from. The Valeo Innovation Contest encourages students around the world to get involved in making the cars of 2030 smarter, more intuitive, more earth-friendly, and more fun. Read more from this Article:

Thursday, March 2, 2017

Triangle Health Innovation Competition Tackles Healthcare Pain Points

What are some of the biggest “pain points” in healthcare today? And how can they be solved? These are the questions behind the Triangle Health Innovation Competition (THInC), which takes place in “Research Triangle” in North Carolina.
THInC was created to use the talents and energy of students and young professionals (business people, engineers, clinicians, designers, etc.) to address some of the most pressing challenges in industry. Over the years, the result has been some truly innovative solutions. The challenge, which is organized by the Duke School of Medicine Innovation and Entrepreneurship Activity Group, and the Carolina Health Entrepreneurship Initiative, creates powerful synergy among academic, industry, pharmaceutical, startup, and student communities to find smart solutions to vexing problems. Read more from this Article:

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Rockefeller Foundation Cassava Online Contest Software Focuses on a Critical Crop

Launched in partnership with Dalberg and the International Institute of Tropical Agriculture (IITA), the competition is addressing loss and spoilage related to this vital food source by encouraging the development of creative, scalable solutions to this problem. The challenge is well underway, and will provide up to $1 million plus technical assistance from Dalberg and IITA to further evolve the ideas that are generated.
The online contest management focuses on Nigeria, which is the world’s largest producer of cassava. The country’s 30 million farmers grow more than 20 percent of the world’s supply—over 50 million tons annually. Read more from this Article: