Idea Connection is the center for open innovation where companies come together to find people who can give high quality solutions to their technical challenges, without really announcing their problems to the world. This hub is like an idea rally. A dozen or even hundreds of experts collaborate to develop novel ideas in solving a tough challenge.
To get some fresh thinking from outside the company, giant organizations first look for ideas at the Idea Connection. They look forward to working with innovators so they can share learnings, develop new capabilities and create something better together as the innovators bring more options to the table.
Breathing new life into these brands, launching new products quickly via internal incubation models and forming strategic partnerships with emerging growth brands. The aim is to create a win-win scenario for the company as its open innovation partner.
You can solve problems for enjoyment, a kind of hobby with the potential to earn thousands of dollars for accepted solutions. Work on your own or as part of a problem solving team.
Some challenges are pay-for-success while others have a guaranteed payout. If you are interested in doing research, make sure to check off the “Research” checkbox in the categories listed on the sign up form.
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Offers will be sent to you later related to whatever tasks or kind of assignments you put when you registered to the site. Registered Problem Solvers are usually invited by email to solve challenges.
Once you agree to work on a problem, you are given the details of the challenge and are introduced to your team members. The teams comprise 3 or 4 of your peers and assigned a Facilitator.
Each team is given an online ThinkSpace where they can communicate with each other, enter and update ideas and ask the Seeker questions. You will meet your team online at least once a week, but you can enter your ideas and solutions at any time.
Typically, one team member is chosen to write up the solution that is presented to the Seeker. There is a vast array of problem types: big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, electrical, mechanical, chemical, medical, nanotechnology, virtual reality, etc.
Problem Solvers are needed in all these areas and more. This is a great opportunity to augment your income by working part-time in your spare time, or as a freelancer. And you can accept only the projects that interest you.
It’s also a great place to meet new people in your field and share in the excitement of creating new solutions. The IdeaConnection awards are automatically entered into your Innovative People Awards and Recognition Problem Solver profile.
Make sure to list your IdeaConnection problem solving awards on your resume. It is an effective way to communicate your problem solving skills.
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If you are not interested or have a friend or colleague who is interested, you can Refer a Colleague and just earn US$500 for the referral. You can send them your referrer code.
When your colleague clicks on the URL that you sent them and completes the registration form, IdeaConnection will track you as the referrer and if your colleague wins a challenge, you will be paid $500. You may also use the URL on your website or blog to obtain more referrals.
One rule to earn from your referrals. You must be a registered member of IdeaConnection. You cannot refer friends that have previously registered with IdeaConnection.