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Scottish Water

Scottish Water is exploring opportunities for providing water supplies to rural communities in a more sustainable manner. Apply for a share of up to £450,000 to develop ideas for treating high organic surface water at point of use via the CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund.

Deadline: 25 April 2018

Effective and reliable point of use water treatment


NHS Highland

NHS Highland is increasingly concerned about the pre-cleaning process for reusable surgical instruments, and seeks a solution that can reduce the risks of contamination of aquatic environments by hospital waste waters from this process. Apply for a share of up to £150,000 to develop automated solutions that will improve the pre-cleaning of surgical instruments via the CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund.

Deadline: 9 May 2018

Automation of pre-cleaning processes


Glasgow City Council

Glasgow City Council is looking for innovative approaches to assist Telecare's network switch from analogue to digital. Organisations can apply for a share of up to £150,000 to develop a remote digital alarm monitoring system to help people with complex needs manage risks at home via the CAN DO Innovation Challenge Fund.

Deadline: 25 April 2018

Technology Enabled Glasgow


Sealing and closure technologies

A global manufacturer is interested in expanding its knowledge and expertise in sealing and closure technologies for a range of commercial products.

Deadline: 11 May 2018 

Sealing and closure technologies


Weir Group open innovation challenge

The Weir Group is looking to improve its mining customers’ process efficiency and profitability by advancing the classification and separation capability of the hydrocyclone circuit.

Particle identification and separation in harsh environments
Deadline: 31 July 2018


Stena Sphere open innovation challenge

Stena is seeking novel approaches to replace traditional data transmission cables on board its ships with wireless transmission of signals from sensors for non-critical systems.

Deadline: 31 January 2019

Cable weight reduction on board ships


Stena Line Port Operations safety challenge

Stena Line is seeking novel approaches to improve Port Operations safety, particularly in the on-loading and off-loading of unaccompanied freight for its ferry and roll-off/roll-on vessels.

Deadline: 31 January 2019

Improved Port Operations safety via Vehicle Vision challenge


Oil and Gas Technology Centre

This open innovation programme is your opportunity to get involved in unlocking the full potential of the UK North Sea.

The 'Call for Ideas' process is a key part of the open innovation programme and seeks to identify, fund and support innovative ideas and concepts from inside and outside the oil and gas industry.

The calls focus on a range of themes that have been identified by the centre, its members and wider industry stakeholders.

Open call for ideas for the Oil and Gas Technology Centre


Heathrow Airport challenges

Passenger facing robotics

Heathrow Airport require an automated solution to the problem of intermittent heavy periods of passenger enquiries, primarily for the connecting flight section of the airport but also for general direction enquiries.

The challenge is to run until 1st May 2018.

For further information, please email innovation@heathrow.com with the subject line 'challenge response: passenger facing robotics'.

Staff and passenger safety reporting

Heathrow Airport Operations Centre are looking at ways to improve reporting on staff and passengers in the airport at the time of a catastrophic disruption. Current reporting is done retrospectively, ideally the new solution would utilise innovative technology to provide a live view.

The challenge is to run until 1st May 2018.

For further information, please email innovation@heathrow.com with the subject line 'challenge response: safety reporting'.


Connect your ideas to Philips needs

Do you have an outstanding innovation that you would like to propose or further develop with Philips? Join SPICE, the Philips Open Innovation portal for suppliers, companies or individual inventors.

Connect your ideas to Philips needs


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GENIUSLINK™ can deliver market assessment reports, scout exoskeleton robots experts to interview, tap engineering teams to rethink widget design, crowdsource technology roadmap ideas, slice and dice your data to build algorithms and predictive analytics… and everything in between.

Find out more on the GENIUSLINK website


P&G Connect + Develop challenges

P&G’s Connect + Develop program helps initiate partnerships to meet today’s needs across the P&G business: for products, technology, in-store, ecommerce and the supply chain. Whether you are an individual inventor, a small business, or a Fortune 500 company, Connect + Develop is designed to help innovators and patent-holders connect with P&G.

P&G Connect + Develop


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