OPEN TO ALL
Ponoko’s ground-breaking product design and manufacturing system is available to one and all. Design a 2-D or 3-D product, and their software will create it using laser cutters and 3-D printers.
There is an impressive array of online tutorials which teach you how to use the latest design software, and once your creation has become a reality, they even have an on-site shop where your customers can purchase your product
PRIZE: YOUR OWN BUSINESS?
OPEN TO: VARIES ACCORDING TO COMPETITION
Kaggle is a website for data mining competitions.
Their site features competitions which focus on the crunching of data sets, and is aimed at statisticians, computer scientists and other academics, as well as amateurs. The prizes range from hundreds to millions of dollars. The platform has proved popular with companies which are looking to capitalize on their existing data sets to predict future behaviors.
Methodologies for predicting future behavior by identifying patterns from existing data have been around for centuries. There is proof that data mining in customer relationship management applications can contribute significantly to the bottom line. With the recent growth in size and complexity of data sets, companies are seeking new data mining algorithms in order to create an informational advantage in the form of business intelligence.
Data mining is increasingly being used in areas of science and engineering, such as bioinformatics, genetics, medicine, education and electrical power engineering. In addition, spatial data mining (the application of data mining methods to spatial data) aims to find patterns in geography.
Kaggle hosts predictive behavior competitions which make use of statistical analysis. If you love crunching data sets to create something meaningful, you are sure to find something challenging. Get digging into those data mines!
PRIZE: VARIES ACCORDING TO COMPETITION
OPEN TO LEGAL RESIDENTS OF THE USA
DEADLINE: OCTOBER 31, 2014
The SunShot prize is a green technology competition with the most generous prizes!
Its aim is to “spur low-cost rooftop solar installations across the nation. Enabling dramatic reductions in the non-hardware costs”or ‘soft costs’ of solar is now the greatest challenge to achieving cost-competitive solar by 2020.”
Teams are invited to register to begin tracking their installations. Their aim will be to “successfully deploy 5,000 small-scale (2-15 kilowatt) rooftop PV systems with non-hardware costs averaging $1/W during Phase I of the competition.”
“Phase II, which is intended to assess business sustainability of the winning teams, calls for the installation of an additional 1,000 qualifying systems.”
“By setting an ambitious target, the SunShot Prize aims to spur novel public-private partnerships, original business models, and innovative approaches. By breaking a significant price barrier, the winners will demonstrate that solar energy is an affordable solution for millions of American families and businesses.”
FIRST PRIZE: $7,000,000
SECOND PRIZE: $2,000,000
THIRD PRIZE: $1,000,000
OPEN TO ALL
Designing for Fabricly is a great way to get started as a fashion designer. If you’re brimming with creative ideas, but have no knowledge of how to get started, Fabricly will come to your rescue. From sourcing fabric to final production, they take care of all the practical details.
Fabricly is always on the lookout for “awesome designers to work with.” Submit your designs for their consideration
PRIZE: LAUNCH OF YOUR OWN FASHION LINE
OPEN TO ALL
Fed up seeing all those parked domains on the internet?
Brand Bucket to the rescue!
1) For serial domainers:
Have you ever thought about starting a business and then gone only as far as registering a domain name?
Brand Bucket resells domain names, but not just any domain names. They are interested only in catchy, memorable domain names, not those that are made up of concatenated keywords. What sets Brand Bucket apart is that their model is to add a logo to the domain and make suggestions for the type of business the domain name would suit.
2) For business owners/entrepreneurs:
Have you got a great business but find that all the ‘good’ domain names are already registered? The power of branding should never be underestimated, and getting the name of your business right is very important to its success.
3) For graphic designers:
Logo designers can also sign up to Brand Bucket to earn some money. Just submit your portfolio, and if you are successful you can earn extra money from your designs.
DOMAINER PRIZE: CASH – DEPENDS ON YOUR DOMAIN/BRAND
ENTREPRENEUR PRIZE: GREAT BUSINESS NAME
LOGO DESIGNER PRIZE: CASH – DEPENDS THE DOMAINER
OPEN TO ALL
AudtionsPlus+ highlights classical music and singing competitions all year round. You can search their site for all the latest competitions as well as jobs in the sphere of classical music.
You can also create your own blog on their website to give voice to your talent/s.
Just about everything you need to bring your talent to the forefront is catered for at AudtionsPlus+.
PRIZES: ACCORDING TO INDIVIDUAL COMPETITIONS
OPEN TO ALL
OpenInvo is a site which describes itself as a “marketplace for open innovation”. As an ideas provider, you have the ability to co-operate with others, or go solo. OpenInvo protects your ideas while they try to find the right buyer.
Alternatively, if you run a business or would like to start a business, this is a great place to get inspiration for the next new thing
OPEN TO ALL
Innocentive Challenges are ongoing science, business & engineering competitions. On this site you will find a variety of problems which are looking for practical solutions, with the added benefit of being able to earn money online.
Innocentive is all about teamwork. If you haven’t got a partner already, you can find others to collaborate with on their site. In addition to cash you can earn recognition and badges, which could convert into a real-life opportunity.
PRIZES: VARY ACCORDING TO CHALLENGE
DEADLINE: QUARTERLY, LATEST QUARTER ENDING MARCH 31, 2015
All types of science fiction, fantasy and dark fantasy are welcome. Entries must be works of prose, up to 17,000 words in length. They do not consider poetry, or works intended for children
FIRST PRIZE: $1000
SECOND PRIZE: $750
THIRD PRIZE: $500
ADDITIONAL ANNUAL GRAND PRIZE: $5000