Since 2011, our open innovation practice has awarded over $4,500,000 in non-dilutive cash prizes, as well as non-monetary awards, to innovators who address complex problems while stimulating a larger conversation with the public at large.
With roots in the private sector, our open innovation clientele now includes the U.S. Department of Education (ED), NASA (Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, NASA Tournament Lab), the EPA, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), and the Partnership for Freedom (a public-private partnership between Humanity United, HHS, the Department of Justice, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of State, and the Department of Labor).
Luminary Lightbox™, our proprietary open innovation platform, marries a highly engaging front-end digital experience with powerful back-end submission management functionality, including eligibility verification, IP management, and judging.
The Mood Challenge for ResearchKit, a New Venture Fund program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation and powered by Luminary Labs, calls on researchers, technologists, and data scientists to submit proposals for ResearchKit studies that will further our understanding of mood and how it relates to our daily lives, health, and well-being. Apple’s ResearchKit is an open source software framework that turns the iPhone into a powerful tool for medical research by helping doctors, scientists, and other researchers gather data more frequently and accurately from participants anywhere in the world.
Total Prize Pool: $500,000
The U.S. Department of Education calls on the virtual reality, video game developer, and educational technology communities to submit concepts for immersive simulations that will prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century. Successful simulations will pair the engagement of commercial games with rigorous educational content that strengthens academic, technical, and employability skills. The Challenge is accepting submissions through January 17, 2017.