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Table of Contents

Impact Innovation - Focusing Innovators on the problems that matter to Alaska and the World - A great idea can change everything        1

COVID19 Challenges        2

Current and Recent Challenges of interest to Alaska        2

Sites with Ongoing Curated Challenges        3

Broad Approaches to Challenge Formulation and Support        4

Archive        5


Impact Innovation - Focusing Innovators on the problems that matter to Alaska and the World - A great idea can change everything

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Solve Real World Challenges – Help Real People

A series of challenges are being collected for the Alaska innovative community to help solve. This past spring 15 challenges were sourced and 10 taken on by the UAA BA A489 Sr. Class addressing a variety of startup product development, customer development, and public policy challenges.  This summer students in the Students to Startups programs  have been matched with startups to provide students with summer opportunities and the startups with additional assistance to grow their business.  Contact OIPC for information about future classes and student programs.  

Community Challenges also connect with Alaska partners such as Health TIE, Launch Alaska, and Alaska Ocean Cluster together to help identify the challenge topics, define the criteria for competition winners and provide subject matter experts to judge the submissions.

Community Challenge contests listed below provide focus to Alaskans and a source of funding.  Aquagga, an UAF technology startup has won and placed in the two 10 in international and national challenges providing valuable validation, connections and funding.  

Challenges are a new form of open innovation used around the world by government agencies, advocacy groups and private companies to inspire innovation to address opportunities and solve problems.  

The UA Community Challenge program will be sharing local and global challenges that inspire Alaskans to focus their experience, talent and creativity to compete for a prize while unlocking new ideas and innovations. Innovations can address an opportunity that needs a local solution that could perhaps become a new product or service for existing organizations or grow to be a new global venture.  

Local challenges targeted to Alaskan issues and opportunities, and others that might be interesting to creative Alaskans can be found here.  If you learn of an existing challenge competition you think should be listed, or have a suggestion of a challenge we should host in Alaska, please contact OIPC.  

COVID19 Challenges

Due Date

Domain

Challenge/Amount

Link

NEW - Dates developing

COVID19

NIH acceleration of testing and treatment

https://www.nih.gov/news-events/news-releases/nih-launch-public-private-partnership-speed-covid-19-vaccine-treatment-options

Current and Recent Challenges of interest to Alaska

Due Date

Domain

Challenge/Amount

Link

Next Academic Year

Energy - Student Teams

$25,000 - $100,000

https://americanmadechallenges.org/energytechup/ 

2021 - Actively Watching

Climate Change - $100M PRIZE FOR CARBON REMOVAL

$100M

https://www.xprize.org/prizes/elonmusk 

11/2021 Notice

Electric Vehicles - Annual SAE

https://www.sae.org/attend/student-events/sae-clean-snowmobile-challenge/ 

2/25/22

Energy

$2.5M Max

https://www.herox.com/InclusiveEnergyInnovationPrize/timeline 

Planning January 2022 Event

Health, Ocean, Energy, Startup Policy, Hydrogen, Food Systems

AKV3 Challenge Pitch Event 9/1/21 Completed.

https://youtu.be/LFf4Qq4nxJE 

Sites with Ongoing Curated Challenges

Domain

Name

Link

Open

Energy

https://www.energy.gov/technologytransitions/arcticx 

Ongoing

Ocean

$400K-$1.5M

https://americanmadechallenges.org/oceanobserving/ 

Social

MIT Solve

https://solve.mit.edu/challenges 

MIT Solve’s Global Challenges seek social entrepreneurs who are using technology to solve today’s most pressing problems.

Energy

American Made Challenges

https://americanmadechallenges.org/ 

Innovators have the chance to win cash prizes for ideas that advance U.S. leadership in the energy industry.

Energy

Storage Long Shot Challenge

https://www.energy.gov/energy-storage-grand-challenge/energy-storage-grand-challenge 

Varies

NCET2 University - Corporate Challenges

https://ncet2.org/component/sppagebuilder/?view=page&id=94

Our corporate members are looking for startups for licensing, funding, strategic alliances, and acquisitions.

All

Open IDEO

https://www.openideo.com/

Design thinking challenges - HMW…

Engineering

ennomotive innovation portal

https://www.ennomotive.com/

The innovation platform where companies and engineers meet to make innovation happen

Environment

National Geographic

https://www.nationalgeographic.org/funding-opportunities/innovation-challenges/

Currently focused on plastics

All

Herox

https://www.herox.com/

Platform hosting challenges.

All

EarthShot Prize

https://earthshotprize.org/

Earthshot Prize: an ambitious set of challenges to inspire a decade of action to repair the planet.

All

Innovation Challenge

https://www.innovationchallenge.com/challenges/category/Challenge

A platform for hosting challenges.

All

Open Innovation Marketplace

https://www.innocentive.com/

Use to host a problem or find a problem.

All

Xprize Foundation

https://www.xprize.org/

Some are scheduled, multi round events, some are open ended challenges.

Government

Challenge.Gov

https://www.challenge.gov/

Public compete to help the U.S. government solve problems big and small.

Broad Approaches to Challenge Formulation and Support

Domain

Name

Link

Science and Tech

National Science Foundation - 10 Big Ideas

https://www.nsf.gov/news/special_reports/big_ideas/index.jsp

All

UN Global Sustainable Development Goals

https://www.undp.org/content/undp/en/home/sustainable-development-goals.html


Archive

COVID - Closed or Hold Archive

Due Date

Domain

Challenge/Amount

Link

Closed

Ocean

https://uplink.weforum.org/uplink/s/uplink-issue/a002o0000133Q8JAAU/the-blue-food-challenge 

Closed

Healthcare

Future of Point of Care Testing - $10,000

https://herox-dot-yamm-track.appspot.com/Redirect?ukey=1o-Cv-jkDODY_QUBHA9CZMwYLlhM2z0z4j0kfiqmr_0g-338855968&key=YAMMID-05214487&link=https://bit.ly/3lSD9br 

Completed

Healthcare

https://foster.uw.edu/centers/buerk-ctr-entrepreneurship/entrepreneurship-competitions/uw-health-innovation-challenge/ 

Completed

COVID-19 and climate change

2020 Call for Code Global Challenge $200,000

https://callforcode.org/challenge/

Completed

2030 Climate Challenge

Decarbonizing the electricity sector, the other three key sectors – transportation, buildings, and industry

https://www.2030climatechallenge.org/readiness-tool

Completed

Data Science and Society

$10 million data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge

https://www.data.org/

Completed

Health Tech and Technology

Create the Future - $20,000

https://contest.techbriefs.com/

Completed

Naval Research Topics

ONA 'Global-X' Challenge

ttps://www.onr.navy.mil/work-with-us/funding-opportunities/special-notices 

Completed

Arctic Future

Youth arctic future/

http://www.arcticfuturechallenge.org/

Completed

COVID-19 and climate change

2020 Call for Code Global Challenge $200,000

https://callforcode.org/challenge/

Completed

Software platform that increases awareness of, access to and use of social engagement technologies and programming to help curtail the impact of loneliness and social isolation

Total cash, $750K. Phase I - $150K Phase II - $550K

https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/MENTAL-health-social-isolation-challenge/

Completed

Data Science and Society

$10 million data.org Inclusive Growth and Recovery Challenge

https://www.data.org/challenge/

July 1, 2020

Health Tech and Technology

Create the Future - $20,000

https://contest.techbriefs.com/

May 25, White Paper Due Date

Naval Research Topics

ONA 'Global-X' Challenge

ttps://www.onr.navy.mil/work-with-us/funding-opportunities/special-notices 

June 1 2020 Initial

Arctic Future

Youth Arctic Future

http://www.arcticfuturechallenge.org/

July 1, 2020

COVID19 Health Tech and Technology

Create the Future - $20,000

https://contest.techbriefs.com/

May 11, 2020

COVID19 and others

Roddenberry Foundation Challenge - $250K

https://roddenberryfoundation.org/our-work/roddenberry-prize/

6/3/20

COVID

COVID-19 Student Action Fund - $2K-5K

cgiu.org/covid19fund

Closed - 4/30/20

COVID19

An Open Innovation Effort to Design a Rapidly Deployable Mechanical Ventilator

https://www.coventchallenge.com/

Closed - May 5

COVID19

NATO Innovation Challenge - find more effective and efficient ways for NATO, and other response organizations, to ensure security and respond to crisis situations.

https://www.innovationhub-act.org/nato-innovation-challenge 

Closed - 4/22/20

COVID19

Columbia DIY Ventilator Challenge, $3000 funds for accepted teams to build a prototype DIY design.

https://engineering.columbia.edu/diy-ventilator-challenge

Closed - 4/16 Round 1

COVID19

COVID-19 Open Research Dataset Challenge (CORD-19)

An AI challenge with AI2, CZI, MSR, Georgetown, NIH & The White House. $1K/task.

https://www.kaggle.com/allen-institute-for-ai/CORD-19-research-challenge

Closed - 3/31/20

COVID19

India - COVID19 Challenges $13K

https://innovate.mygov.in/covid19/

Closed - 3/25 Round 1

COVID19

COVID-19 ventilator challenge. Volunteer

https://www.ennomotive.com/icu-ventilators-covid-19/

Closed - 3/27-29

COVID19

Virtual Hackathon. Volunteer

https://datavant.com/pandemic-response-hackathon/

Closed - 3/31/20

COVID19

OpenIDEO - How Might We rapidly inform and empower communities.. To stay safe and healthy during the outbreak

https://challenges.openideo.com/challenge/covid-19-communication-inspiration-challenge/inspiration

Closed - 3/31/20

COVID19

IDEAOpen - COVID-19 COMMUNICATION INSPIRATION CHALLENGE

https://www.openideo.com/challenge-briefs/covid19-communication-challenge

Alaska Focus - Closed or Hold Archive

Due Date

Domain

Challenge/Amount

Link

Closed

Environment

BioDesign - cash and Google Collaboration

https://www.biodesignsprint.org/?fbclid=IwAR1bRADs_iijCUYeRmrVxI-31u8-msJPwbH2V14weGk7QMzJYpzP5gzAmwk 

Hold

UA Center ICE Community Health Tech Challenge

TBA - AK pilot challenge in health tech with Health TIE and presented at One Health Conference

Currently Health TIE is working with sponsors to select a challenge target.

Hold

UA Center ICE Community Energy Challenge

TBA

Hold

UA Center ICE Community Environment Challenge

May also focus on PM2.5 or climate change.

Closed - 2/10/20

UW Foster - Hollomon Health Innovation Challenge

$15,000

https://foster.uw.edu/centers/buerk-ctr-entrepreneurship/entrepreneurship-competitions/uw-health-innovation-challenge/

Closed 1/17/20 - Annual Competition

MIT Water Challenge

$35K

http://www.mitwaterinnovation.org/

Closed - 1/17/20 - Annual

Digital Tech

$350,000 USD Cisco Global Problem Solver Challenge 2020

https://www.innovationchallenge.com/gps2020share

Closed - 1/13/20

Transportation

FAA Challenge - Smart Airport Student Competition, $25K

https://www.challenge.gov/challenge/FAA-Challenge-Smart-Airport-Student-Competition/

Closed - 1/18/20

Alaska Airlines Environmental Innovation Challenge

UW Foster Student Challenge. On this list for reference.

https://foster.uw.edu/centers/buerk-ctr-entrepreneurship/entrepreneurship-competitions/eic/