from the urls-we-dig-up dept
Over the last few years, there have been plenty of crowdsourcing platforms to find solutions to difficult problems. And we’ve seen some brilliant examples of challenges solved via this method. But it doesn’t work every time (nor should anyone expect it to). Here are just a few more open contests to find some innovative answers.
- The DOE awarded Philips Lighting North America with the L Prize and $10 million for developing a replacement for the 60-watt incandescent bulb that only uses 10 Watts to achieve the same light output. Apparently, approximately 425 million 60-watt incandescent light bulbs are sold in the United States every year, so if incandescent bulbs could be replaced without a public outcry…. [url]
- Out of about 400 applicants, a solution for the Wendy Schmidt Oil Cleanup X Challenge to clean up massive oil spills like the BP-Deepwater Horizon disaster has been found that is three times better than previous techniques. Team Elastec/American Marine recovered oil at 4,670 gallons per minute and won a $1 million prize. [url]
- The US Air Force, NASA and the National Reconnaissance Office have opened up a competition for rocket launch contracts. The United Launch Alliance might not be the only way for the US military to fly to space — if companies like Space X can really create suitable rocket systems. [url]
- To discover more interesting business-related content, check out what the deal is on StumbleUpon. [url]
By the way, StumbleUpon can also recommend some good Techdirt articles, too.