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Story ID: impossible invention competition (anti-gravity, etc.)

I'm looking for a science fiction short story about a competition between human and alien scientists to see which are better. The challenge is to replicate existing technology of the other species. Both sides cheat and ask the other team to replicate impossible tech (anti-gravity and, I think, force fields). [more inside]
posted by zanni on Nov 10, 2016 - 4 answers

Please share your favourite web-based organisational histories!

Inspired by the recent unveiling of the new MOMA exhibition archive, I was hoping you could share with us some brilliant examples of institutions showing off their history and heritage in new and interesting ways? [more inside]
posted by Ten Cold Hot Dogs on Sep 20, 2016 - 3 answers

Australian Start-up Innovation Community

I would like to find/reach the Australian (specifically Brisbane/Queensland) Start-up and Innovation community. That is all. Who are they, where are they, how do I contact them? [more inside]
posted by esto-again on May 5, 2016 - 6 answers

Books about technological change and society

I'm looking for great books about the history of how innovation and/or technological change affected society. I want to know about both the direct effects a new technology had and the indirect effects on employment, regulation etc... Interested in books that look at how a single technology changed society and more sweeping overviews. Interested in any time period.
posted by roolya_boolya on May 1, 2016 - 16 answers

Iora, etc. What are the most innovative health care systems worldwide?

Hey! Looking for examples of really innovative health care systems, that have found new ways to improve patient health, reduce costs, and improve overall patient experiences. Iora is famously innovative. Open Dialogue in Norway is a great example. Others? [more inside]
posted by airguitar2 on Nov 7, 2015 - 6 answers

"Geniuses" without stellar IQ scores other than Feynman

I'm looking for examples of people who were considered geniuses in science, art, invention and other disciplines, but whose IQ scores were merely respectable, between 100 and 140. Richard Feynman, whose IQ was in the 120s, is a good example. But have there been others?
posted by Beethoven's Sith on Aug 27, 2015 - 8 answers

What are the most innovative things retailers are doing with mobile?

I'm trying to find the best, most interesting, perhaps most unusual things retailers are doing with reaching out to mobile phone users. [more inside]
posted by jbickers on Mar 31, 2015 - 7 answers

Collaborative suggestion box for employee ideas?

What are good tools for an online employee "suggestion box" to gather and collaborate on product innovation ideas? Rather than a one-way box, would be great to have features to allow people to build on one another's ideas, comment and vote, and avoid duplication. Anonymous and non-anonymous participation would be nice.
posted by CruiseSavvy on Dec 29, 2014 - 7 answers

The best darn animal sanctuary EVER!

A long-held dream of mine has been to start an animal sanctuary. Of course, I know that doing such a thing would take a lot of time, effort and money. Setting those issues aside for the moment, I am looking for people to point me to existing sanctuaries that are on the cutting edge in terms of how they house their animals, how the animals' lives are enriched (I.e., do the animals get to do something other than sit in their pen or paddock every day?), how they operate (e.g., is it a standard "take in, adopt out" scheme, or do they do something else), and maybe even how they fundraise. [more inside]
posted by Halo in reverse on Dec 11, 2014 - 24 answers

What are the different types of innovation?

What are the different types of innovation? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Nov 14, 2014 - 7 answers

How do you cheat the system without cheating people?

I'm looking for an example of "cheating the system" in a positive way. Often times cheating the system results in people being cheated as well, when does cheating the system benefit people without hurting others?
posted by robadobdob on Sep 19, 2014 - 33 answers

A website about new product and service innovations?

Help me find a website about new product and services innovations? [more inside]
posted by jacobean on Jul 14, 2013 - 7 answers

Who are today's innovative, socially involved, networking Freemasons?

Is there an international group of innovative, charitably-minded people that get together and share ideas (physically) in the way that the Freemasons, Rotary and Lions Clubs all do? But without the ceremony, pomp and irrelevance (of some of these associations). [more inside]
posted by HopStopDon'tShop on May 22, 2013 - 14 answers

Jumping ship to Android (Google's S4) and need a Mailbox equivalent

I think the time has come for me to jump the iPhone ship. The announcement of the Google version of the Galaxy S4 at I/O was the clincher. But I am not 100% sold on the idea, mainly because the S4 is an ugly brute, but also because I fear for the apps and innovation I will miss. Help me out, specifically in finding a worthy replacement for my beloved Mailbox app. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on May 18, 2013 - 12 answers

What are the cultural drivers of innovation?

Have there been studies done on the cultural elements that spur innovative commercial development in particular people, companies/organizations or regions? [more inside]
posted by Rodrigo Lamaitre on Apr 3, 2013 - 8 answers

Can you share examples of innovation programs in companies that you are aware of? How do they measure the outcomes of such programs?

Can you share examples of innovation programs in companies that you are aware of? How do they measure the outcomes of such programs? I know Google used to or still has a program where in employees work on projects of their choosing for 20% of their time. Any thoughts around steps that can be taken to increase innovation in an IT organization would be helpful.
posted by r2d2 on Dec 29, 2012 - 7 answers

Small hobbies, big ideas

If Steve Jobs never took a calligraphy course in college the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. What other significant innovations started off as unrelated side interests?
posted by laptolain on Dec 6, 2012 - 7 answers

Documentaries on Art/Artists and Innovation

Please recommend some documentaries online on art, artists (of any/all kinds) and innovation (in a wider sense, perhaps especially including technological innovation and entrepreneurship) that I can show to a class. [more inside]
posted by zresearch on Nov 23, 2012 - 7 answers

My imagination has been debunked!

In the past 24 hours I've discovered that both of my "million dollar" ideas (for websites/services/apps) are already out there and established. To me, these weren't just "good ideas", they were "innovations" I was emotionally invested in and slowly working towards. How do I move on? (in two parts) [more inside]
posted by itesser on Aug 30, 2012 - 26 answers

Recent Innovations in Political Campaigns?

What are some recent innovations in political campaigns? [more inside]
posted by Jaybo on Jul 25, 2012 - 8 answers

Ideas from one field leading to innovation in another?

Examples of ideas from one field leading to innovation in another? [more inside]
posted by StephenF on Jul 24, 2012 - 23 answers

Designs for a designer?

Suggest me a rewarding and inspiring career side-step. I desperately need to find a new job, but the obvious ones directly on my career path are just not working for me. I'm looking for a more creative/design environment which will value my engineering skills and to which I can bring my unusual innovative experience. [more inside]
posted by BadMiker on Jun 26, 2012 - 5 answers

Why aren't desktop OSes innovating anymore?

Why is there so little innovation nowadays in desktop OSes (both Windows and Mac)? I would think features like a super-smart Siri, face and gesture recognition, and perfectly grandparent-friendly interfaces would long be standard by now, but that is far from the case. What is holding things up?
posted by shivohum on May 14, 2012 - 14 answers

Idea/innovation management

What is the best "idea management" or "innovation management" software? [more inside]
posted by aaanastasia on Mar 14, 2012 - 3 answers

Help Me Inspire Innovation

I'm leading an innovation session and I need charming stories, motivational pitches, activities and videos. Anyone got any? [more inside]
posted by pokeydonut on Nov 1, 2011 - 5 answers

Pricing for Ubiquity

Do you remember classic case study of technology provider slashing prices despite costs to drive high volumes and innovation immediately? [more inside]
posted by zeikka on Nov 1, 2011 - 6 answers

American contact for motor home innovation?

I know this is a next to impossible inquiry but I'm doing it for a very kind Australian friend who requested I do research in this area for a friend of his who, also, lives in Australia. It seems that this man has created a very innovative and clever new design for the interior of a motor home (they do a lot of "caravaning" in Australia) and he would like to be able to find an American contact so he can come to the U.S. and exhibit his design at motor home/caravan shows here. Where would I begin to look?
posted by Tullyogallaghan on Oct 27, 2011 - 4 answers

Innovative names for innovation

Help brainstorm synonyms for an idea incubator [more inside]
posted by allen.spaulding on Oct 21, 2011 - 15 answers

Innovative websites as template/model for MFA research community

I'm looking for examples of websites that have successfully enhanced a research community (academic or artistic) with a dynamic online/social/mutual-portfolio presence. Blog and social media based hubs, perhaps, that showcase the possibilities of web portfolio/research integration for academic and creative purposes. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Sep 16, 2011 - 3 answers

Effect of torrents and/or free downloads on culture generally

Have you read or can you point me to any interesting articles about what will be the future of media like films/software/books given the way they are all being distributed online via torrent sites & the like. Will copyright go away or what? I am looking for INTERESTING theoretical speculations, not some person just saying the letter of the current law will be enforced or the usual doomsday-talk.
posted by cmp4Meta on Jun 15, 2011 - 12 answers

Tool you need that doesn't already exist

What is the one tool that you need or would love to have at work that doesn't already exist (but that you've found an unideal workaround for)? [more inside]
posted by AceRock on Feb 18, 2011 - 25 answers

What makes something a medical device?

What are the regulations around being a medical device or not for product sales in Canada and the US? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Feb 15, 2011 - 3 answers

Failing Successfully

How do I make a habit of failing successfully (or at least in ways interesting to myself and others)? [more inside]
posted by Bwithh on Feb 8, 2011 - 15 answers

Where's my flying car?

Tracking the progress of technological innovations that appear in the news - is there a site somewhere that does this? [more inside]
posted by le morte de bea arthur on Nov 12, 2010 - 4 answers

Looking for idea feedback website

I have an idea. Is there a website that will let me get feedback on my idea, protect my idea and then help me start building my idea? I've Googled, but I'm looking for personal recommendations.
posted by joshuamcginnis on Nov 12, 2010 - 8 answers

Ladies of Science, Engineering, and Innovation

Where can I meet awesome women scientist/engineers and/or innovators in New York? [more inside]
posted by enzymatic on Oct 24, 2010 - 10 answers

Innovative culture? check... Now what?

Are there documented, effective methods for stimulating and managing an innovation (idea) pipeline? [more inside]
posted by TheOtherSide on Sep 28, 2010 - 1 answer

To infinity and... where, exactly?

I'm an innovative thinker who got stuck in an engineering box. I'm about to get kicked out of the box. Can you help me find a new box? [more inside]
posted by w00bliette on Aug 2, 2010 - 8 answers

How to signal that a company is becoming more dynamic

How do I signal to the trade press that a dull company is "getting hip"? [more inside]
posted by runkelfinker on Apr 5, 2010 - 13 answers

Punk our ballet, please.

Great innovative but still classic ballet on DVD? [more inside]
posted by dpcoffin on Dec 22, 2009 - 14 answers

How do I make the most of the Internet?

How do I make the most of the Internet? [more inside]
posted by logicalsequence on Dec 12, 2009 - 13 answers

Intra-company knowledge exchange

How to increase knowledge exchange in a tech company. (i.e. imitate Google)? [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Nov 20, 2009 - 12 answers

What does the Venn intersection of journalists and inventors look like?

I've been following the development of the CrunchPad with some interest. It's made me wonder, are there any famous examples in history of journalists also being successful inventors/innovators?
posted by runkelfinker on Nov 15, 2009 - 6 answers

Innovative Book Designs

Innovative Books: I am looking to compile a list of the most innovative uses of the book format. Books that break the mould in their layout and design, perhaps books that use online systems to extend their content value or push their form into new places. I am most interested in narrative and theory, but any book that is interesting (artist books etc.) would be really appreciated. [more inside]
posted by 0bvious on Nov 1, 2009 - 29 answers

Name that campaign - innovation + social media

Name that campaign! Need help finding an inspiring name for an internal/staff campaign that encompasses innovation + social media use... [more inside]
posted by latch24 on Oct 27, 2009 - 9 answers

Who's doing neat stuff with the web and comics?

Most comics on the web seem to be just scanned in print comics or the equivalent of same. Can you point me to any web comics that are making use of web/internet technology to make the comics reading experience different from print comics? No need to mention Scott McCloud. [more inside]
posted by Brandon Blatcher on May 27, 2009 - 22 answers

How Can NASA Encourage NASA Employees to Innovate?

How Might the Personal Pet Projects of NASA Employees Provide Fuel For Innovation at NASA? [more inside]
posted by choragus on Apr 26, 2009 - 10 answers

Help me find a creative venue in Rome, Italy

I am organising an internal training on innovation in Rome for about 20-25 employees. What creative / innovative venues do you recommend in or by Rome, Italy? [more inside]
posted by eurandom on Mar 23, 2009 - 1 answer

Creative Innovative Socially-Good Companies

Which companies and organisations are big on innovation, creativity, doing good, and support flexible work styles and ethics? [more inside]
posted by divabat on Nov 29, 2008 - 13 answers

Tech advances in commercial air industry?

What technological advances are we likely to see in the commercial airline industry over the next 25 years? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Oct 29, 2008 - 20 answers

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