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Innocentive Challenge: Novel Approaches for Predicting Life Expectancy


Help develop novel methods for life expectancy prediction without using traditional medical records, invasive tests, or examinations in this Innocentive Challenge. Submissions due by August 4th.



Life Expectancy Novel Approaches for Predicting Individual Life Expectancy

AWARD: $15,000 USD  |  DEADLINE: 8/04/14  | Innocentive Challenge 9933491

Accurate estimates of life expectancy have long been an interest of clinicians, insurers, and academic researchers. What if there were a way to predict how long one is expected to live without traditional medical records, invasive tests, or examinations? The Seeker wants to identify a novel method of determining longevity.

This is an Ideation Challenge with a guaranteed award for at least one submitted solution.

Challenge Overview

Life expectancy is a commonly used statistic to measure the health of a population. On average, the current worldwide life expectancy is approximately 70 years, but this is influenced by many factors, including gender, geographical location, family history, diet, and social habits. In our increasingly health-conscious society, people are making smarter food and lifestyle choices, but how do you know if your habits are actually prolonging your life? What if you could find out how many more years are in your future? Is there a set of data points that can be used to estimate an individual’s life expectancy?  The Seeker desires a novel approach for combining information to accurately predict longevity.

This is an Ideation Challenge, which has the following unique features:

  • There is a guaranteed early award.  A guaranteed award of $3,000 for the best submission, as solely determined by the Seeker, received in the first 15 days of the posting period [submissions must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on July 17, 2014].
  • There is a guaranteed final award.  The awards will be paid to the best submission(s) as solely determined by the Seeker. The total payout will be $12,000, with at least one award being no smaller than $5,000 and no award being smaller than $2,000 – winner of the initial award also eligible.
  • Submission forwarding occurs during the Challenge.  Since submissions will be forwarded to the Seeker throughout the Challenge, please make sure you upload only a finished proposal. You can submit an updated version of your proposal only as a new submission. If you submit an updated version of your proposal, please clearly indicate the new items and/or edits compared to your previous submission. This will allow the Seeker to quickly find the new information and determine how it improves your submission.
  • The Solvers are not required to transfer exclusive intellectual property rights to the Seeker.  Rather, by submitting a proposal, the Solvers grants to the Seeker a royalty-free, perpetual, and non-exclusive license to use any information included in this proposal, including for promotional purposes.
Submissions to this Challenge must be received by 11:59 PM (US Eastern Time) on August 4, 2014.  Late submissions will not be considered.

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