Scientific American Open Innovation Pavilion

Scientific American magazine has teamed with InnoCentive to help solve some of the most pressing scientific, technological and policy problems. Awards for solvers are cash prizes ranging from $5,000 to $1 million. Open challenges include:

Design of Student-centric Websites for Open-Enrollment Colleges and Institutions – The Lumina Foundation seeks fully coded examples of a front-end user interface that community colleges can use to meet the needs of their students. Solutions are due April 30, 2013 and the challenge reward is $100,000.

Accelerated Stability Testing of Oil-in-Water Emulsions This challenge seeks a method and predictive model for accelerated stability testing of oil-in-water emulsions. The seeker specifically desires a predictive mathematical model based on the properties of the emulsion after preparation. The maximum award for this challenge is $100,000. Partial awards of $15,000 to $30,000 may also be made for purely theoretical contributions. Solutions are due May 12, 2013.

Synthesis for Si(O1-zXz)y (X = B, C, N, S, Cl) – The challenge seeks a method to synthesize Si(O1-zXz)y (X = B, C, N, S, Cl; where 0.2 < z < 0.5; 0.5 < y < 1.5). The challenge reward is $30,000 and solutions are due April 28, 2013.

For more information about these and other challenges, see the link below:

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