Germany has set up an 'open-innovation platform' to stimulate discussion on scientific and political issues as well as to bolster innovation in business and industry. The online forum will be used to share ideas and analyse potential solutions. The best ideas are rewarded through prizes and public recognition, and will be implemented in a real world setting.
Anyone can join the platform, from individuals to institutions, with users separated between 'ideas givers' and 'idea seekers'. The concept behind the platform is not only to bring together forward-thinking people, but to cement Germany's position as a country of innovation and creative problem solving.
A new competition on waste management in Indian cities will soon be opened, in which the best ideas will be rewarded with a cash prize. The competition is held under the title ‘From waste to valuable substance – how do we make money from garbage?’ and looks to find solutions to India’s waste disposal issue. A particular emphasis is placed on India’s mega cities. The competition also looks at how Indian cities can be made more liveable, use resources better, and develop more sustainably.