Frequently Asked Questions

  • To register for a Solver account and join the Wazoku Crowd:

    • Go to the Wazoku Challenge Center registration page.
    • Enter an email address, which will be used to login to your account.
    • Complete the remaining required fields including: (1) Name, (2) Display Name and (3) Address.
    • Create a password. You will be guided to ensure you create a strong password to protect your account.
    • Click the Register button.
    • After you complete the registration form, you will receive an email notification confirming your registration and containing instructions to activate your account.
    • Click the link in the email. You will be asked to accept the Wazoku Terms of Use to complete the account activation process.
  • If you have been a member of the Wazoku Crowd Solver community for a while you can access your account on our Challenge Center.

    To access your existing account:

    1. Go the Forgotten Password page or click the Login or Register link in the header and then click ‘Forgotten your password?
    2. Enter the email address you used when registering as a Wazoku Crowd Solver at challenge-center.community.wazoku.com.
    3. Click the Reset my password button.
    4. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password.
    5. Follow the instructions in the email to reset your password.
    6. Login to the Wazoku Crowd Challenge Center platform using your email address and the newly reset password.

    If you do not receive the email with instructions for resetting your password, please contact support@wazoku.com for assistance.

  • To submit a solution to a Wazoku Crowd Challenge as a member of the Solver community:
    1. Go to the Wazoku Crowd Challenge Center.
    2. Select a Challenge.
    3. Click Register Interest & Accept Agreement.
    4. Agree to the Challenge Agreement.
    5. Click Add Solution.
    6. Enter any required information.
    7. Attach your solution files.
    8. Click Publish.

    You will receive an email confirmation of receipt of your submission to your registered email address.

  • Use the Challenge Message to ask any Challenge-related questions. Please be sure to access the correct Challenge Message Center to ensure you receive a timely and accurate response.

    To submit a Challenge-related question:

    1. Access the specific Challenge.
    2. Click the Messages tab on the Challenge page.
    3. Enter your message and click the Submit button.

    The Challenge Manager will receive a notification of the message and respond through the Message Center.

  • For some Wazoku Crowd Challenges, the Seeker’s Challenge Manager may message you about your submission with feedback or seeking additional detail of clarifications. You will be able to directly respond to them.

  • Yes, Solvers can submit to Wazoku Crowd Challenges as individuals or as part of a team. If you wish to submit as a team, a ‘Team Project Room’ (TPR) is created: a secure online workspace that allows groups to collaborate as a team to submit to Wazoku Crowd Challenges. The team’s solution is developed and agreed among Team Members in the TPR, and is submitted to the Wazoku Crowd Challenge as a single submission by the Team Leader.

    Team Members who accept the invite to a team will no longer be contacted for final approval before the submission is posted into the Challenge, so please raise questions with your Team Lead during the creation of your solution or proposal.

  • The Challenge Agreement (formerly Challenge Specific Agreement or CSA) is a legal document that outlines a Solver’s rights and responsibilities if they elect to submit a solution in response to a Wazoku Crowd Challenge. The Challenge Agreement specifies if and how IP will be transferred between Solver and Seeker; it may also specify any special rules, such as exclusionary rules for categories of Solvers, that apply to the Challenge.

    You must accept the Challenge Agreement to be able to submit a solution to the Challenge. Be sure to read and understand the Challenge Agreement for each Challenge because you will be subject to the applicable Challenge conditions.

    Challenge Agreements and Challenge Specific Agreements (CSAs) provide Solvers with clear details around participation, legal IP transfer (if applicable), and details around Prize and Scouting Challenges.

  • Prize Challenges: The Award

    Prize Challenges are any Challenge where a Solver can be awarded a cash prize. These may differ in their treatment of IP transfer or criteria for award – please read the Challenge Agreement you accept and the text of the Challenge thoroughly.

    Scouting Challenges: The Collaboration

    Scouting Challenges are designed to find innovative partners, start-ups, and relevant collaboration opportunities.

    Nexus Challenges: The Innovation Network

    Nexus Challenge seek Solvers as collaboration partners to join Wazoku Innovation Networks (WIN), and provide solutions, technologies or expertise with future potential for Nexus Challenge themes. Successful entrants can be invited to Showcase your proposal to a selection of potential corporate partners; see more details at https://www.wazokucrowd.com/nexus/

    Challenges may contain reference to a desired ‘Technology Readiness Level (TRL)’ of solution, a measurement system used to show the maturity or commercial readiness of a particular solution.

    Formerly, Wazoku Crowd Challenges were broken down into four categories: Ideation (the brainstorm); Theoretical (the design); Reduction to Practice (the prototype); and Electronic Request for Proposal (the collaboration).

    Ideation: The Brainstorm

    A global collaboration for producing a breakthrough idea. This could include ideas for a new product line, creative solutions to technical problems, a new commercial application for a current product, or even a viral marketing idea for recruiting new customers.

    Ideation Challenges guarantee that at least one Solver will win an award. Additionally, the posting period is typically shorter than with other Challenge types, resulting in quicker time-to-solution. Ideation Challenges involve intellectual property licensing; a Solver grants the Seeker a non-exclusive license to use solution, awarded or non-awarded.

    Theoretical: The Design

    A feasible design that may not yet be reduced to practice. A solution to a Theoretical Challenge will solidify the Solver’s concept with detailed descriptions, specifications, supporting precedents, and requirements necessary to bringing a good idea closer to becoming an actual product, technical solution, or service.

    A Solver can expect a substantial financial reward if their submission is chosen as the winning solution by the Seeker, but an award need only be made if all the Challenge criteria are met. Depending on the Challenge requirements, Solvers will be required to either transfer or license the IP in their solutions to the Seeker.

    Reduction to Practice (RTP): The Prototype

    A prototype that shows an idea in actual practice (though on a non-commercial scale). In an RTP Challenge, in addition to a detailed description, Solvers are asked to present physical evidence that proves their solution will work within the Seeker’s specific needs, decision criteria, or manufacturing parameters. Solvers are given more time to generate data needed to support their proposals and prepare a response, and the financial awards are typically larger to reward the greater commitment required to work on these Challenges.

    Like the Theoretical Challenge, an award need only be made if all the Challenge criteria are met. Depending on the Challenge requirements, Solvers will be required to either transfer or license the IP in their solutions to the Seeker.

    Electronic Request for Proposal (eRFP): The Collaborator

    A request for a partner or supplier to provide materials or expertise to help solve a business Challenge. Seekers use the InnoCentive marketplace to find businesses or consultants that have already developed the technology they need or have the experience to help them develop it.

    Unlike other Challenges where a cash award is granted for the winning solution, eRFP winners typically negotiate the terms of the contract directly with the Seeker.

  • To view your existing Solutions:

    1. Go to the Wazoku Crowd Challenge Center login page.
    2. Log in using your email address and password.
    3. In the header, click on the Profile icon.
    4. Click ‘My Solutons’ from the menu.
    5. A list of all of your solutions will display. To view a specific solution, click the Solution name.

    Please note: If you access your My Solutions while in a Showcase, you will only see the solutions submitted for Challenges in that Showcase. To see all solutions across all Challenges, you must access ‘My Solutions’ from the Challenge Center.

  • Congratulations! After winning a Challenge, Wazoku requires Solvers to provide additional information in order to verify your identity and conduct awards (in Prize Challenges).

    Further information about Solver Verification, Award Information, and other related FAQs are available here.

  • If you have been a member of the InnoCentive Solver community for a while you can access your existing account on our new Challenge Center launched in July 2020

    When we moved to the new Challenge Center platform powered by Wazoku in July 2020 all Solver accounts and the applicable data was migrated.

    To access your existing account:

    1. Go the Forgotten Password page or click the Login or Register link in the header and then click ‘Forgotten your password?’
    2. Enter the email address you used when registering as an InnoCentive Solver at innocentive.com.
    3. Click the Reset my password button.
    4. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password.
    5. Follow the instructions in the email to reset your password.
    6. Login to the new InnoCentive Challenge Center platform using your email address and the newly reset password.

    If you do not receive the email with instructions for resetting your password, please check your spam/junk folder or contact support@wazoku.com for assistance.

  • Are you interested in creating a Challenge on the Wazoku Crowd Platform and becoming a Seeker?

    For further information on how to post a Challenge on the Wazoku Crowd Platform please visit the Wazoku website and find out how you can harness the power of our global crowd.

  • Nexus Challenges are problem statements designed to make real impacts everywhere, for multiple companies and in multiple areas. Submit your solutions, your pitch offering, or your expertise for a chance to partner with global companies, governments, and NGOs. Or, participate as a WIN Scout – refer organizations of interest and relevance for referral payments, subject to conditions.

    Challenges may contain reference to a desired ‘Technology Readiness Level (TRL)’ of solution, a measurement system used to show the maturity or commercial readiness of a particular solution.

  • Nexus Challenges differ from Prize and Scouting Challenges as they give Solvers the opportunity to pitch their ideas to multiple organizations. There is also a mentorship stage, where Solvers are able to refine their solutions under the guidance of expert mentors.

  • Nexus Challenges culminate in several ways that Solvers can Showcase their solution to a global audience of relevant Seekers. There is the opportunity for: R&D funding, pilot funding, corporate client funding, partnerships, and acquisition.

    WIN Scouts can find success by having their proposed partner who they submitted gaining business from the Nexus Challenges process, wherein Wazoku will organize a referral fee to the WIN Scout from the success fee proceeds.

  • Visit the Nexus Challenge Showcase to get started!

  • From April 2024, Wazoku Crowd is excited to introduce WIN Scout submissions to our Challenges and opportunities on the platform.

    What is a WIN Scout?

    Solvers who propose potentially suitable partners (startups or experts) from their network, which is a participation opportunity offered by many of the challenges or requests regularly published by Wazoku. As a WIN Scout, by referring a relevant partner you will be recognised with a share of the stated recognition award if your referral meets certain minimum criteria of detail, relevance, and format. Wazoku welcomes WIN Scouts and referred partners to become active members of Wazoku Innovation Networks (WIN).

  • Why would I take part as a WIN Scout?

    As part of ongoing efforts to diversify opportunities on our platform, we’re delighted to provide a dedicated pathway and dedicated recognition awards for Solvers who submit referrals. We know that research, scouting, and industry knowledge can be other exciting avenues for our Seekers alongside solutions and proposals from individuals and organizations.

    Please note: WIN Scout submissions can be accessed through regular solution submission, by selecting the WIN Scout participation type and filling in the required WIN Scout referral information.

    In the future, the way Solvers submit WIN Scout referrals and submissions may be bolstered by product developments or novel ways to share a Challenge. Watch this space!

  • What should a WIN Scout Referral submission look like?

    WIN Scouts will first be asked whether they are providing details of a Referred Organization or a Referred Individual. Then, there are < 5 fields to enter details about your WIN Scout Referral, including name, contact information, network relationship, and how the Referral meets the requirements of a particular Challenge or Opportunity.

    We very much look forward to acknowledging your referrals from the rich networks you have established!

  • If your referral meets minimum criteria for level of detail, relevance, and format, you will be recognized by being given a share of the stated recognition award. This award can differ from Challenge to Challenge, but will always be stated in the text of an eligible Challenge.

  • As a WIN Scout, by referring a relevant partner you will be recognised with a share of the stated recognition award if your referral meets certain minimum criteria of detail, relevance, and format. Wazoku welcomes WIN Scouts and referred partners to become active members of Wazoku Innovation Networks (WIN).

    1.      Go to the Wazoku Crowd Challenge Center.

    2.      Select an eligible Challenge.

    3.      Click Register Interest & Accept Agreement.

    4.      Agree to the Challenge Agreement.

    5.      Click Add Solution.

    6.      Select the relevant Participation Type – WIN Scout.

    7.      Enter the required WIN Scout referral information.

    8.      Click Publish.

  • Congratulations! After winning a Challenge, Wazoku requires Solvers to provide additional information in order to verify your identity and conduct awards (in Prize Challenges).

    As a WIN Scout or Solver, you may be eligible for a Recognition Award.

    Further information about Solver Verification, Award Information, Recognition Awards and other related FAQs are available here.