Open Innovation is based on the notion that the novel solutions are more likely to be found by drawing on the creative energy of as many people as possible.
By calling on the widest possible group of individuals and organisations, the HIF is hoping to find new solutions to specific challenges in emergency WASH.
Working with leading open innovation and crowdsourcing experts InnoCentive, The HIF will be awarding prototyping grants to the best ideas submitted in response to a number of specific challenges.
The first two challenges, latrine lighting, and solid waste management in humanitarian response, are both closed for applications. The outcomes from these challenges will be posted on the HIF website shortly.
Our third challenge to create a Space Saving Jerry Can is now OPEN.
Everybody knows that water is essential for life. We use water for so many purposes such as drinking, cooking, cleaning, and growing food. What would you do if you had no access to clean water? This describes a problem faced by people in many developing countries and also by those caught in natural disasters or other emergency situations. The rapid distribution of water containers is crucial. The Humanitarian Innovation Fund desires a space-saving jerry can that can be easily transported, stored, and distributed in times of need.
To read the full brief and to apply, visit our challenge on our Innocentive Pavilion here.
$20,000 will be awarded to the best proposal and the deadline for applications is 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on November 7, 2014. Good luck!