Open innovation

Embracing open innovation requires more than a platform. To achieve an organization’s desired outcome, we start by understanding the problem to be solved. From there, we deliver thoughtful strategy, design, and execution.
Open innovation

Featured Work

Open innovation outcomes, by the numbers

Highlights from Luminary Labs' 2018 survey of open innovation challenge prize recipients.

Case Study

Preparing America for the jobs of tomorrow

The U.S. Department of Education launches EdPrizes.

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Challenge practice

Since 2011, we have designed 20 large-scale, multistage prize competitions on behalf of our clients, awarding more than $5 million in non-dilutive capital to innovators who address complex problems.

We pioneered a multistage challenge approach that shepherds the strongest solutions through an iterative process of refinement, closing the gap between concept and viability.

We built Luminary Lightbox™, an open innovation platform that offers a white-glove experience for clients while providing a secure and efficient process and user-friendly interfaces for solvers, administrators, and judges.

Select Challenges

Hidden Signals Challenge

Novel uses of existing data to identify signals and achieve timelier alerts for biothreats in cities and communities.

Client: NASA and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security Science & Technology Directorate

Total prize pool: $300,000

Alexa Diabetes Challenge

Voice technology to improve the experience of those with type 2 diabetes.

Client: Merck & Co., Inc., Kenilworth, New Jersey, U.S.A.

Total prize pool: $250,000 cash and $50,000 in AWS promotional credits

EdSim Challenge

Immersive virtual reality games and simulations to prepare students for the globally competitive workforce of the 21st century.

Client: U.S. Department of Education

Total prize pool: $680,000 cash and more than $250,000 in products and services from Samsung, IBM, Microsoft, and Oculus.

Mood Challenge for ResearchKit

Apple ResearchKit studies to further our understanding of mood and how it relates to our daily lives, health, and well-being.

Client: A New Venture Fund program funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation

Total prize pool: $500,000

Ed Prizes

New technologies, products, and resources to help students compete in our global economy.

Client: U.S. Department of Education

Total prize pool: More than $1.7 million in cumulative cash prizes across the series

CTE Makeover Challenge

Makerspace designs to strengthen next-generation career and technical skills.

Client: U.S. Department of Education

Total prize pool: $575,000

Reach Higher Career App Challenge

Mobile apps to help students navigate education and career pathways.

Client: U.S. Department of Education

Total prize pool: $465,000

Rethink Supply Chains

Technology solutions to identify and address labor trafficking in global supply chains.

Client: Partnership for Freedom, a public-private partnership led by Humanity United

Total prize pool: $500,000

2014 FDA Food Safety Challenge

Novel and advanced methodologies to detect foodborne pathogens.

Client: U.S. Food and Drug Administration

Total prize pool: $500,000

Merck | Heritage Provider Network Innovation Challenge

Products and services to support care plan adherence for patients with diabetes or heart disease.

Client: Merck

Total prize pool: $240,000

Data Design Diabetes Challenge Series

Open data and human-centered design to combat diabetes.

Client: Sanofi US

Total prize pool: $220,000

PiPH Collaborate | Innovate Innovation Challenge

Translating patient insights into drug development process improvements.

Client: Sanofi US

Total prize pool: $100,000

PiPH Collaborate | Activate Innovation Challenge

Influencer collaborations to engage patients.

Client: Sanofi US

Total prize pool: $500,000