Debut Series

The award winning problem solvers who were part of the first round of “We Are Solvers” interviews debut series and their awarded solutions


The first round of interviews with open innovation award winners had been produced right before Christmas 2015 and the video interviews will be available to watch online starting with January 2016.

“We Are Solvers” debut series of interviews gathered  the following award winning problem solvers:

I. Bas van de Haterd from Utrecht, Netherlands – winner of 4 challenges. Entrepreneur, consultant, writer, professional speaker

Challenges won:

  1. Big Ideas for Unlocking The Power of Big Data in Pharma
  2. Afraid to Talk About Death? Solutions to Engage People in Care Planning!
  3. Transitioning Customers to E-sales in a B2B Environment
  4. Seeking Improved Document Identification and Verification Methods

II. Abshar Rashid from Dubai, United Arab Emirates – winner of 1 challenge. Senior Software Engineering Professional and Private Computer Science Researcher

Challenge won: Software Trading Models

III. David Galbraith from Tucson, Arizona, USA – winner of 1 challenge. PhD Professor at The School of Plant Sciences at the University of Arizona

The challenge he won was related directly to some scientific work he had done and published about 20 years ago.

IV. Mario Alejandro Rosato from Latisana, Italy – winner of 6 challenges. 4th place in the worldwide ranking of top solvers by Innocentive in 2011. CEO / R&D at Sustainable Technologies SL.  Professor of biogas technology. 

Challenges won:

1) Rockefeller Foundation: Rain Harvesting in Kerala

2) The Economist: Tackling  global climate change

3) Anonymous wafer company: How to eliminate charred residues from the cooking  plates

4) Consumer Electronic Association: Recycling glass from cathodic ray tubes

5) Environmental Defense Fund: Capturing agricultural nitrates to avoid eutrophization

6) Anonymous wood board company: Method for sealing the gaps between construction boards

V. Steven Webb from Houston, Texas, USA – winner of 10 challenges. PhD diamond scientist at the drill bit company, Hughes Christensen Corporation. Architect of 130 solutions to OI challenges. 

Challenges won:

1) Materials for Exhaust System

2) Diverse Experts Required: Formulating, Filling & Monitoring

3) Process for No-Waste Partitioning

4) Novel Methods of Converting Carbonic Acid to Carbonate Anion

5) Non-Stick Plastics for Liquids

6) What to Do with All That Wastewater?

7) Lightning as an Alternative Energy Source

8) Faster Mixing Methods for Ultra-High Performance Concrete (UHPC)

9) Fabric Quick-dry Technology

10) Model of Process for Separating Seeds

VI. Jacqueline Eenkooren from Alberta, Calgary, Canada – winner of 2 challenges. Graduate at the Centre for Military, Security, and Strategic Studies at the University of Calgary. Assistant-Researcher at the University of Calgary. She researches innovations in intelligence analysis. 

Challenges won:

1) Raising Treatment for Hepatitis C

2) Models Motivating and Supporting Altruism Within Communities

VII. Michael Ricciardi from Seattle, Washington, USA – winner of 7 open innovation challenges and shortlisted for another 4. Contract Legal Assistant/Researcher at Public Defence – King County, State of Washington. Science and Technology Writer, Researcher, Tech and Concept Designer.

Challenges won:

  1. Ford’s Innovate Mobility Series – ‘Create Accessories for Parked Commercial Vehicles’
  2. ‘Fighting Ebola – A Grand Challenge for Development (technology proposal)
  3. ‘2013 Innovations in Arms Control Challenge’ (Bureau of Arms Control and Compliance, US State Dept.)
  4. ‘How to Augment a Camera to do More than Take a Snapshot?’
  5. Strategy to Assimilate Unstructured Information
  6. ‘What Disruptive Innovations Does Pharma Need to Discover Tomorrow’s Drugs?’
  7. ‘Tech Challenge to Prevent Mass Atrocities’

Additional Short-listed Solutions Proposals:

  1. ‘Employing Youth through Big Data Analysis’
  2. ‘Knowing By Numbers’ concept proposal for indicators of mass atrocity or government suppression
  3. ‘The Economist Challenge: Envisioning and Designing the 21st Century Cyber School’
  4. ‘Passenger Screening for Infectious Agents’

VIII. Georgia Mihalcea from Bucharest, Romania – winner of 2 challenges and short-listed for a social-entrepreneurship one. Business consultant, screenwriter and producer of “We Are Solvers” at Daydreamer Productions

Challenges won:

1) Models for sourcing regional food databases (healthcare tech platform)

2) Humanizing the customer digital experience (banking tech application)

Short-listed for the social-business solution launched in Social Business Tour 2010 (by Nobel Prize winner Muhammad Yunus) – “A good house for bad times”.


Open innovation winning solvers willing to become part of this project and to join the next rounds of interviews should send an Inquiry to “We Are Solvers” producer on email at: