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Air Force Launches Open Innovation Pavilion

Air Force Launches Open Innovation Pavilion

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Air Force Launches Open Innovation Pavilion
Posted by Robynn Sturm on March 04, 2011 at 04:01 PM EST
In partnership with theWright Brothers Institute, the U.S. Air Force Research Labthis week launched a newOpen Innovation PaviliononInnoCentive, an online innovation marketplace where more than a quarter million of the world¶s brightestminds solve tough problems for cash awards.The newly launched Pavilion already features more than $100,000 in prizes for novel solutions to four tough challenges facing the U.S. Air Force:
TheDesign and Simulation of an Accurate Shooter-Locator competitionchallenges innovators to develop a method to detect small arms fire within afraction of a second and accurately pinpoint its source;
TheHumanitarian Air Dropchallenge seeks novel ways to drophumanitarian supplies into populated areas without danger of falling debristo the people below;
TheVehicle Stopper challenge seeks a viable, sustainable, and affordablemeans of stopping an uncooperative fleeing vehicle without permanentdamage to the vehicle or harm to any of its passengers; and
TheRemote Human Demographic Characterizationchallenge seeks asystem that can determine the approximate age and gender of small groupsof people at a distance.The Air Force Open Innovation Pavilion is just the latest milestone in the ObamaAdministration¶s efforts to increase the use of prizes and challenges to spur innovation and solve tough problems. In March 2010, the Office of Managementand Budget issued a formal policy framework to guide agency leadership in usingprizes to advance their core mission. In September 2010, the AdministrationlaunchedChallenge.gov, a one-stop shop where entrepreneurs and citizen solverscan find public-sector prizes. And in January, the President signed the AmericaCOMPETES Reauthorization Act of 2010, providing all agencies with broadauthority to conduct prize competitions. As a result, in the first six months alone,

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