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Innocentive and Lumina Foundation Launch Open Innovation Partnership to Increase Postsecondary Degree Attainment in America

Waltham, Mass.—InnoCentive, Inc., the global leader in open innovation, crowdsourcing, and prize competitions, today announced collaboration with Lumina Foundation designed to uncover new ways to catalyze systemic changes in higher education. Working together, the two organizations hope to explore novel approaches so millions of Americans can access and earn high quality college degrees, certificates and credentials.

As part of this collaborative alliance, InnoCentive and Lumina have launched a dedicated Pavilion located on InnoCentive.com which serves as the premier online destination for open innovation Challenges focused on solving some of the most pressing problems affecting postsecondary attainment in America. By crowdsourcing these education problems to a global community of more than 285,000 diverse problem solvers, Lumina Foundation seeks to leverage innovative new methods and harness the world’s creative talent to achieve its goal of increasing postsecondary degree attainment in America.

“When it comes to education beyond high school, America is now being rapidly outpaced by other countries around the world,” said Jamie Merisotis, president and CEO of Lumina Foundation, the nation’s largest private foundation focused on enrolling and graduating more students from college. “Our collaboration with InnoCentive is about finding the truly innovative ideas that our country needs to create a more affordable, equitable and accountable higher education system.”

The U.S. is becoming a knowledge society, not just a knowledge economy.

Many factors are contributing to the need to increase attainment, including the increasing complexity of society, the growing role that information and information technology play in people’s lives, and the fact that people from different countries and cultures live and work together more than ever. The U.S.—like the rest of the world—is becoming a knowledge society, not just a knowledge economy.

Coinciding with the launch of the Lumina Foundation Open Innovation Pavilion, two new Challenges are now posted, each with a total award value of $10,000. As Ideation Challenges, prizes will be awarded for the best and most innovative solution submission(s) as determined by Lumina Foundation. A third Challenge, with a $100,000 award and launched late last year by Lumina, will also be posted to the new Pavilion. Although Lumina’s Challenges focus on education in America, all problem solvers from around the world are encouraged and eligible to participate and apply their unique perspective:

Challenge #1
The “Correlations to Determine the Complete Impact of Postsecondary Education” Challenge seeks proposals for novel and unexpected correlations between postsecondary education and outcomes with a clear economic impact.

Challenge #2
The “Visualizing the Impact of Significant Increases in Postsecondary Education” Challenge seeks compelling visual presentations of the impact of significantly increasing postsecondary education by taking advantage of the wealth of information and studies published in this area.

Challenge #3
The “Design of Student-centric Websites for Open-Enrollment Colleges and Institutions” Challenge seeks fully coded examples of a front-end user interface for deployment by community colleges. 
The key requirement is that the interface should be organized and presented in a way that focuses on meeting the information needs of students, particularly those who are exploring a range of avenues of study

“Our collaboration with Lumina Foundation to support its goal of increasing higher education attainment in America is perfectly aligned to InnoCentive’s mission to unleash the world’s creative capacity to solve important problems that matter to society,” said Alph Bingham, co-founder and board member of InnoCentive. “Through the new Pavilion and Challenges, we have no doubt that our creative solvers from around the world will put forth innovative solutions in pursuit of Lumina’s noble goal.”

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