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Friday, December 2, 2011

Today's Challenge & Education in California

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Your challenge today, Saturday, December 2nd:



The Economist-InnoCentive Transparency Challenge



Recent world events have shown how social networking platforms (Twitter, Facebook, etc.) can help citizens coordinate large-scale action and facilitate the spread of democracy. But what is the next step? Identify an emerging technology or global information platform, and describe how it can be used to motivate transparency in governments.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.
Challenge 9932802
Deadline: January 10, 2012
Reward: See Details

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Mechanism to Transmit Information Through a Rugged Environmental Barrier

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Propose a mechanism for transferring a stream of information from a data source, through a column of fluid in a pipe, to a receiver that is 1,000 to 25,000 feet away. Wireless data transmission that makes novel use of physical phenomena as the information carrier is of special interest.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Challenge 9932936
Deadline: January 30, 2012
Reward: $24,000
Referral Award: $2,400

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Seeking (Hetero)aromatic Sulfoximides

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Material supply of non-commercial compounds matching the shown core structure is desired. The Seeker intends to award multiple Solvers for each of their qualifying submissions.

Building Block Challenge: In order to submit to this Challenge, you must allow the Seeker to view the structure of your compound in the Structure Selection stage of the Challenge.

Intellectual Property: In return for the Initial Transfer Fee of $250 per compound, you are expected to grant the Seeker only a non-exclusive license to test your compound(s) in their in-house assays and/or use the compound(s) to prepare other compounds for in-house testing.
Challenge 9932979
Deadline: January 26, 2012
Reward: Varies
Referral Award: Varies

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Solid-Phase Detection of Bacteria & Viruses

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A technology that enables detection of biological materials such as bacteria and viruses is required. The technology must be amenable for integration into solid-phase consumer products that are used by non-specialists.
Challenge 9932630
Deadline: January 29, 2012
Reward: $30,000
Referral Award: $3,000

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Isolating Active Human Endogenous Interleukin-25

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The Seeker requires paper submissions describing protocols, methods and technologies for the endogenous expression and detection of extracellular, biologically active human interleukin 25 gene product.

The Seeker wishes to engage with a small number of winning Solvers who are willing to implement and validate their proposed solution. It is intended that this implementation will be part of an 'invitation only' Challenge for a high-value award.

This Challenge requires only a written proposal.
Challenge 9932934
Deadline: December 29, 2011
Reward: $15,000
Referral Award: $1,500

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InnoCentive 2012 Video Challenge: Unlikely Innovation

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This is the fifth annual InnoCentive video Challenge with the goal of getting to know our Solvers and discovering their passions. This Challenge is open to everyone, with prizes in three categories: open, US colleges, and international colleges. InnoCentive will choose the winners based on what it feels are the best submissions matching this year's theme. Winning videos may be used in future marketing campaigns, and the winning Solvers may be asked to participate in promotions on behalf of InnoCentive. The winning college Solvers will also be required to show proof of enrollment in the form of a letter from the registrar, as well as a school ID stating that the Solvers are full time students at the time of the Challenge deadline.
Challenge 9932966
Deadline: December 30, 2011
Reward: $5,000
Referral Award: $500

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Chordoma Cancer Cell Lines Needed to Save Lives!

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The Chordoma Foundation requests cell lines or animal models that can be used for research into chordoma - a slow growing bone cancer that is often resistant to radio- and chemotherapies.

This Challenge has now been opened to include animal models and the deadline has been changed to a 3 month rolling deadline. This innoCentivee Challenge will close once the Seeker has 3 submissions to evaluate, but the Chordoma Foundation will continue to incentivize research into Chordoma and potential therapies.
Challenge 9451318
Deadline: December 31, 2011
Reward: $10,000
Referral Award: $1,000

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Seeking Inhibitors of Ketoacyl Reductase (EC 1.1.1.100)

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Material supply of compounds which are inhibitors of ketoacyl reductase (EC 1.1.1.100) is desired. Potential structures which meet this requirement, as well as additional information about this enzyme, are provided in the Detailed Description of this Challenge. The Seeker intends to award multiple Solvers for each of their qualifying submissions.

Intellectual Property: In return for the Initial Transfer Fee of $300 per compound, you are expected to grant the Seeker only a non-exclusive license to test your compound(s) in their in-house assays and/or use the compound(s) to prepare other compounds for in-house testing.
Challenge 9932865
Deadline: January 17, 2012
Reward: Varies
Referral Award: Varies

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Cleveland Clinic: Build an Efficient Pipeline to Find the Most Powerful Predictors

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Given genetic variables (expression levels for ~7400 genes) and outcome data, deliver an efficient computer program that selects the most powerfully predictive variables, then uses these to accurately predict outcomes. Acceptable solutions must be implemented as an R package, with source code delivered to the Seeker.
Challenge 9932794
Deadline: January 18, 2012
Reward: $30,000
Referral Award: $3,000


Best Regards,

Olga
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olazin@ucla.edu

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