Q. What do Napoleon, Raymond Orteig, the Longitude Board and ECC all have in common?
A. They have all used Challenge Prizes to solve problems.
Ever wondered how margarine was invented? Or how the concept of canning was discovered? Or how ECC is supporting Essex families to find innovative solutions to social isolation. Here is your chance to find out about all these things!
Challenge Prizes are a very simple idea. You identify a problem, publicise the challenge and offer a reward to the person who can find the best solution. They are a tried and tested way to support and accelerate change. Napoleon used this approach to tackle the problem of his troops dying of malnutrition in the early 19th Century and they have made a comeback over recent years as governments look for better ways to solve problems, create value and plug into a wider range of innovators.
There are many problems facing Essex for which we are not always best placed to address. That’s why ECC has partnered with the Challenge Prize Centre (within Nesta) to run a series of challenge prizes to solve some of the trickiest issues facing Essex.
Come along to this event to:
- Identify the challenges facing Essex and potential future challenge prize topics
- Learn about the history and current uses of challenge prizes
- Learn about how ECC are using challenge prizes including our first prize – Families Included
- Understand the main phases of work involved in designing and running a prize