Ideas
Explore the world's #1 largest database of ideas and innovations, with over 500,000 inspiring examples.
Trend Reports
Discover why 900 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join over 250,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Consumer Insights
Uncover major shifts and emerging opportunities with our exclusive PRO research.
Trend Reports
Discover why 900 brands rely on our AI-powered Trend Reports to get better, faster insights.
Newsletter
Join over 250,000 subscribers who rely on our weekly newsletter to keep up with need-to-know trends and insights.
Dashboard
Get special access to premium content, topic tracking and customizable tools through our AI-powered Dashboard.
AI + Human Methodology
Learn how Trend Hunter harnesses the power of artificial intelligence.
Assessment
Enhance your innovation potential with a deeper understanding of your unique innovation archetype and how your organization benchmarks.
eLearning (NEW)
Prepare for the year's ahead with 100+ lessons, tactics, tools and frameworks with our full learning database.
Advisory & Services
Accelerate innovation and ignite disruptive thinking with our award-winning programs and research.
Trend Reports
Get fast, customized trend reports, presentations and deep dives 20x faster than traditional research.
Plans
Get started today with a free consultation, our self-serve tools, or a dedicated program.
Jeremy Gutsche
Ignite your event or virtual event with our CEO, a NY Times Bestselling Author and one of the top innovation keynote speakers.
Our Team of Speakers & Virtual Presenters
Inspire your group with our most popular speakers on innovation, trends, change and futurism.
Custom Training & Events
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team or co-hosted custom event.
Contact
Get in touch to learn more, ask a question or submit a tip.
About Us
Learn more about Trend Hunter and how we accelerate innovation.
FAQ
Get answers to common questions about Trend Hunter.
Community
Stay on the cutting-edge with the help of the Trend Hunter community.
Team
Meet the team trusted by hundreds of leading businesses worldwide.
Jobs
Find opportunities to accelerate your career with the #1 Trend Firm.
News
Catch up on noteworthy Trend Hunter news and media mentions.
Join
Build a portfolio and put your trend-spotting abilities to the test.
Advertising
Supercharge your marketing by partnering with Trend Hunter.
Portfolio
Visit your public portfolio and browse your past articles.
Add a Trend
Write up an article and showcase your trend-spotting skills.
My Trends
Edit your articles and see how they stack up on the leaderboards.
Settings
Edit your profile, connect your social media accounts, and more.
Add a trend, customize your dashboard, or track topics.
Future Festival
Innovation Events
Join the world's top innovators at our FREE Virtual events.
Free Webinars
During COVID-19, learn to innovate through chaos, navigate the new normal and maintain work culture from home.
Custom Training & Events
Bring the Future Festival experience directly to your team or co-hosted custom event.
Search our database of 500,000 cutting edge ideas.

Crowdsourced R&D

InnoCentive Poses Million Dollar Challenge

— July 6, 2007 — Science
Scientist? Can measure disease progression in Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS or Lou Gehrig's Disease/ Motorneuron Disease) for US$ 1,000,000? Get on over to InnoCentive.com - the crowdsourcing R&D wonder.

The Low-Down on Crowdsourcing

The crowd knows best - is the mantra of the crowdsourcing revolution. And latest in the line of the "the crowd" are scientists, who can solve challenges posted at InnoCentive.com for monetary incentives!

Crowdsourcing is simply delegating one-to-many, the many being the members of the general public. The medium is the Internet. Members of the general public, through a (self-)screening process, often layered with an approval process, then qualify to work at a certain task delegated by one entity - usually a corporation or a "for impact" organization.

From Crowdsourced Journalism to Crowdsourced R&D

Previously on TrendHunter, we have covered the popular use of crowdsourcing: in journalism - with stories on NowPublic and Assignment Zero.

But crowdsourcing is entering behind traditionally closed doors - often sealed, cooled, and off-access: research & design labs and centers.
InnoCentive is a medium for crowdsourcing the R&D function, especially scientific challenges requiring innovative solutions. Companies, called "Seekers", post specific challenges in the life sciences and chemistry & applied sciences categories. Scientists, called "solvers" tackle a problem of their choice from the menu. Successfully solved challenges earn an award.

Currently, the winners of awards represent a global array with scientists from Russia, India, USA, Mexico, Argentina, and other parts of the world. This is truly a place for scientists sans frontiers.
1.8
Score
Popularity
Activity
Freshness