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callingallinnovators.com by Nokia

Posted in ideas by aldorf on January 18, 2010

The Nokia Growth Economy Venture Challenge is awarding the entrant with the best idea for the emerging markets a $1 million investment from Nokia.

They have fielded lots of local teams to research markets around the world and have found that Nokia needs to help make local solutions viable to increase phone usage. The world’s biggest cell phone maker has sold more than 750 million basic phones in the emerging markets over the last five years. The 1616, costs around $32, a month’s wage in many countries. Yet it sells in huge number, thanks to customized services that makes it far more useful in emerging markets. In India, Nokia has set up a system, Progress Project, to allow small business (like farms) to send transactional data back and forth via text message. So whole businesses are running on cell phones, with farmers in rural areas able to auction off onions in western India. Nokia Money service brings together payments on a global scale. It isn’t tied to a single bank, carrier, or country. It’s important because 75 percent of the world’s people still haven’t sent an email. The company hopes that developers will create many more apps that can be useful in different regions of the world, from Sesame Street educational phone apps to local business directories. (CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo at CES)


Invention Of The Day by Daniel Burd (11th Grade)

Posted in ideas by aldorf on December 29, 2009

Ok, this won him first prize at a Canada-Wide Science Fair in Ottawa, $10,000 prize and a $20,000 scholarship, in 2008 already. But what a great story. He discovered a way to make plastic bags degrade in as little as three months.

Why Didn’t I Think Of That?

Posted in ideas by aldorf on December 1, 2009

From another blog:

One day in June, Scott Amron came home and tossed his keys on the kitchen table. Then he paused, eyeing his pocket-jinglers, and had a Hudsucker-ish inspiration: Why not combine the key and the key ring? Amron makes a living turning far-out concepts into workable prototypes for outfits like Oxo and Polder Home Tools, so he rendered a design and posted it on his Web site, amronexperimental.com. Within a day the sound of head-slapping had reverberated across the Net. Within a week he was in touch with a manufacturer. Within a month he had more than 25,000 preorders for his key-plus-ring, which can be cut to fit almost any front door in the US. Only one problem: The design he posted used his own front-door key as a model; a resourceful thief would have no trouble making a house call. “I had to change my locks,” Amron says. Small price to pay for an idea everyone wishes they had thought of first.

And a lot more at http://www.amronexperimental.com/

What will you do next?

Posted in ideas by aldorf on November 8, 2009
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