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.
Challenge One: Latrine Lighting
The first challenge sought to address the ongoing problem of lighting for latrine blocks in displacement camps. This process was managed in partnership with recognised innovation intermediaries InnoCentive and received interest from over 700 potential solvers around the world.
Click here to read about the winners of the first challenge 'Latrine Lighting'.