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 three challenges, latrine lighting, solid waste management in humanitarian response, and space saving jerry can are all closed for applications. The outcomes from these challenges will be posted on the HIF website shortly.