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InnoCentive and Lumina Foundation Launch Open Innovation Partnership to Increase Postsecondary Degree Attainment in America

InnoCentive and Lumina Foundation Launch Open Innovation Partnership to Increase Postsecondary Degree Attainment in America

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Visualizing the Impact of Significant Increases inPost-Secondary Education” 
March 25, 2013 10:00 AM Eastern Daylight Time
InnoCentive and Lumina Foundation Launch Open Innovation Partnership to IncreasePostsecondary Degree Attainment in America
WALTHAM, Mass.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--InnoCentive, Inc., the global leader in open innovation, crowdsourcing, and prize competitions, today announced collaboration withLumina Foundationdesigned to uncover new ways to catalyze systemicchanges in higher education. Working together, the two organizations hope to explore novel approaches so millions of Americanscan access and earn high quality college degrees, certificates and credentials.As part of this collaborative alliance, InnoCentive and Lumina have launched a dedicatedPavilion located on InnoCentive.comwhich serves as the premier online destination for openinnovation Challenges focused on solving some of the most pressing problems affectingpostsecondary attainment in America. By crowdsourcing these education problems to a globalcommunity of more than 285,000 diverse problem solvers, Lumina Foundation seeks toleverage innovative new methods and harness the world’s creative talent to achieve its goal of increasing postsecondary degree attainment in America.“When it comes to education beyond high school, America is now being rapidly outpaced by other countries around the world,”said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused on enrolling andgraduating more students from college. “Our collaboration with InnoCentive is about finding the truly innovative ideas that ourcountry needs to create a more affordable, equitable and accountable higher education system.”Many factors are contributing to the need to increase attainment, including the increasing complexity of society, the growing rolethat information and information technology play in people’s lives, and the fact that people from different countries and cultureslive and work together more than ever. The U.S.—like the rest of the world—is becoming a knowledge society, not just aknowledge economy.Coinciding with the launch of the Lumina Foundation Open Innovation Pavilion, two new Challenges are now posted, each with atotal award value of $10,000. As Ideation Challenges, prizes will be awarded for the best and most innovative solutionsubmission(s) as determined by Lumina Foundation. A third Challenge, with a $100,000 award and launched late last year byLumina, will also be posted to the new Pavilion. Although Lumina’s Challenges focus on education in America, all problem solversfrom around the world are encouraged and eligible to participate and apply their unique perspective:
Challenge #1
 The Correlations to Determine the Complete Impact of Post-Secondary Education” Challenge seeks proposals for noveland unexpected correlations between postsecondary education and outcomes with a clear economic impact.
Challenge #2 
 The Visualizing the Impact of Significant Increases in Post-Secondary Education” Challenge seeks compelling visualpresentations of the impact of significantly increasing post-secondary education by taking advantage of the wealth of information and studies published in this area.
Challenge #3
 The Design of Student-centric Websites for Open-Enrollment Colleges and Institutions” Challenge seeks fully codedexamples of a front-end user interface for deployment by community colleges. The key requirement is that the interfaceshould be organized and presented in a way that focuses on meeting the information needs of students, particularly those
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who are exploring a range of avenues of study.“Our collaboration with Lumina Foundation to support its goal of increasing higher education attainment in the America isperfectly aligned to InnoCentive’s mission to unleash the world’s creative capacity to solve important problems that matter tosociety,” said Alph Bingham, Co-Founder and Board Member of InnoCentive. Through the new Pavilion and Challenges, wehave no doubt that our creative Solvers from around the world will put forth innovative solutions in pursuit of Lumina’s noblegoal.”Additional information about Lumina Foundation, the Pavilion and Challenges, as well as advice to solvers, can be found onInnoCentive’sSeeker Spotlight blog which features a new postby Lumina’s Vice President of Communications and InnovationKiko Suarez.
 About Lumina Foundation
Lumina Foundation is an independent, private foundation committed to increasing the proportion of Americans with high-qualitydegrees, certificates and other credentials to 60 percent by 2025. Lumina’s outcomes-based approach focuses on helping todesign and build an accessible, responsive and accountable higher education system while fostering a national sense of urgencyfor action to achieve Goal 2025.
 About InnoCentive
InnoCentive is the global leader in crowdsourcing innovation problems to the world’s smartest people who compete to provideideas and solutions to important business, social, policy, scientific, and technical challenges. Our global network of millions of problem solvers, proven challenge methodology, and cloud-based technology combine to help our clients transform theireconomics of innovation through rapid solution delivery and the development of sustainable open innovation programs. For morethan a decade, leading organizations such as AARP Foundation, Air Force Research Labs, Booz Allen Hamilton, ClevelandClinic, Eli Lilly & Company, EMC Corporation, NASA, Nature Publishing Group, Procter & Gamble, Scientific American,Syngenta, The Economist, Thomson Reuters, and the U.S. EPA have partnered with InnoCentive to rapidly generate innovativenew ideas and solve problems faster, more cost effectively, and with less risk than ever before. For more information, visitwww.innocentive.com, emailinfo@innocentive.com, or call 1-855-CROWDNOW (U.S.) or +44 (0) 207 935 0827 (International).
Lumina FoundationLucia Anderson, 317-951-5316landerson@luminafoundation.orgorInnoCentive, Inc.Steve Bonadio, 978-482-3300press@innocentive.comorSchwartz MSL for InnoCentiveKiley Nichols, 415-512-0770innocentive@schwartzmsl.com
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