Versatile PhD (VPhD) has teamed up with some of the world’s leading organizations, including HeroX, a leading platform for open innovation, to provide real-world innovation challenges to our PhD and post-doc community.
Proposal Phase: solvers will submit a detailed proposal addressing net carbon abated, cost, and other critical aspects of their solution. Up to six will be awarded S$250,000 (US$184,800) each to develop a Proof of Concept.
Proof of Concept Phase: solvers will develop a desktop simulation and/or lab-scale study and a detailed design for a pilot project. Up to two will be awarded S$2.5 million (US$ 1.47m) each to demonstrate a ~1 kiloton-scale version of their solution at a PUB facility in Singapore. Proposal submissions are due on FEBRUARY 24, 2022, 1 p.m. PST
INNOVATION CHALLENGE: NHLBI, NIH and NASA Tournament Lab
National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute (NHLBI), a part of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)
“AIR YOU WEAR” CHALLENGE
Build a Team for HeroX Challenges
- We would encourage the VPhD community to build a team to compete for this challenge. There are tools to help you do this (if you need to join a team as well). Here are a few videos to get you started on how to form or be part of a team, using the team matching feature, and submitting an entry:
NEW INNOVATION CHALLENGE: Design the Future of Point of Care Testing
In America, a person’s background and circumstances can directly impact their ability to receive quality healthcare. Tens of thousands of Americans die every year due to lack of health insurance. Many of the 28 million people currently without insurance live in underserved communities. These systemic and institutional obstacles create a devastating domino effect. Affected populations get diagnosed late, postpone care, struggle to manage chronic conditions, and are at increased risk of poor health outcomes and additional health disparities.
Enter this challenge to help solve the problem.
NEW 2020 CENSUS DATA SPRINT (FALL 2021)
A 10-week sprint in fall 2021 that utilizes The Opportunity Project framework, resulting in digital and physical art and technology that visualizes 2020 Census Decennial data. The sprint will culminate in a showcase that presents and celebrates the artwork and products created. Open to University artists, designers, and technologists (and PhD students, of course), as well as Census data and dissemination experts, and community leaders.