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Improving the First 20 Years of Human Health

STATUS: Awarded
ACTIVE SOLVERS: 546
POSTED: Aug 13 2010
SOURCE: InnoCentive

NASA, USAID, Department of State, and NIKE joined together to host LAUNCH in an effort to identify, showcase and support innovative approaches to sustainability challenges through a series of forums. LAUNCH searches for visionaries, whose world-class ideas, technologies or programs show great promise for making tangible impacts on society. Through the next Launch series, ten innovators and 40 thought leaders will come together to address an issue that affects every human: health.

Sustaining quality of life on Earth and in space requires transformative advances in science and technology, along with new models, policies and behaviors that will guide human development. The search for innovative technology solutions to ensure healthy astronauts orbiting the planet mirrors healthcare challenges faced by providers throughout the world. The same requirements for simple, rugged, ultra portable, low power devices to provide remote diagnostic capability serves dual needs for humans living within the extreme environments on and off the planet. Targeting preventative health measures within the first twenty years of life offers a unique opportunity to change the human condition for this and future generations.

LAUNCH seeks innovations that are preventive with a focus on nutrition, exercise, and health care Specifically, LAUNCH is seeking innovations in providing and improving:


  • Optimal nutrition (access, choice, and quality of nutritious food and required nutrients)
  • Regular participation in physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices.
  • Participation in primary preventive health care including supporting infrastructure, such as diagnostic and monitoring technology

Challenge ID: 9625880
 
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Challenge Overview
Sustaining quality of life on Earth and in space requires transformative advances in science and technology, along with new models, policies and behaviors that will guide human development. The search for innovative technology solutions to ensure healthy astronauts orbiting the planet mirrors healthcare challenges faced by providers in developing worlds. The same requirements for simple, rugged, ultra portable, low power devices to provide remote diagnostic capability serves dual needs for humans living within the extreme environments on and off the planet. Targeting preventative health measures within the first twenty years of life offers a unique opportunity to change the human condition for this and future generations.

The first twenty years of human development are critical to ensuring a more healthy, equitable and productive human population on the planet. In both developed and developing countries adverse conditions during the first twenty years continue to threaten the next generation with unacceptable rates of acute and chronic disease due to infections, poor nutrition and inadequate daily physical activity.

LAUNCH seeks innovations that are preventive with a focus on nutrition, exercise, and health care. Specifically, LAUNCH is seeking innovations in providing and improving:

  • Optimal nutrition (access, choice, and quality of nutritious food and required nutrients)
  • Regular participation in physical activity and healthy lifestyle choices
  • Participation in primary preventive health care including supporting infrastructure, such as diagnostic and monitoring technology


NOTE: This is not a search for ideas, but innovative solutions. The ability to implement your innovations will be a key element in selection. Proposals from Solvers who cannot implement their ideas will not be considered.
What is InnoCentive?

InnoCentive is the global innovation marketplace where creative minds solve some of the world's most important problems for cash awards up to $1 million. Commercial, governmental and humanitarian organizations engage with InnoCentive to solve problems that can impact humankind in areas ranging from the environment to medical advancements.

What is an InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge?

An InnoCentive Ideation™ Challenge is a broad question formulated to obtain access to new ideas, similar to a global brainstorm for producing a breakthrough idea or market survey which may include ideas for a new product line, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea to recruit new customers. Ideation™ Challenge submissions are typically about two written pages, and Seekers receive a non-exclusive, perpetual license to use all submissions.

In an Ideation™ Challenge, Solvers may:

  • Submit ideas of their own
  • Submit third party information that they have the right to use and further the authority to convey that right and the right to use and develop derivative works to Seekers
  • Submit information considered in the public domain without any limitations on use

Solvers should not reveal any confidential information in their submissions. Often the Ideation™ Challenge will be followed by one or more of the other three Challenge types to further develop the ideas and gain Intellectual Property protection when the concept has been well-defined.

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