8/20/2014 Read between the lines! As I started to read over all the information about how this works, I was very excited. Finally the average everyday person has a chance to help better the world and you get paid. My dream job! So I picked a challenge, read over their terms and conditions and got started. For some reason I kept going back reading the terms and conditions over and over and over. Then took a closer look at the information about the challenge. They almost had me. Do not be fooled by these people. To the untrained eye the money seems awesome for the everyday guy just trying to make ends meet. The so called backyard inventor, the dreamer. I'm telling you this, You are doing all the dirty work and they are gaining all the benefits You make $5,000-$20,000 They make millions! Even the simplest invention can be worth millions not thousands. PLEASE read between the lines before you commit to doing this.
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by Robert H. on 8/20/2014 | Submit a Customer Review
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3/23/2014 My review of the problems requiring solutions, some experience related to a few specific problems and typical consulting processes and billing for such solutions, and the terms under which entrants submit intellectual property and their rights upon submission, and in my opinion the site is predominated by corporate parasites. In my limited opinion NO ONE SHOULD MAKE ANY ENTRANTS INTO ANY SEEKER'S PROBLEMS WITH THE EXCEPTION OF AUTHENTIC CHARITIES! Some adopt what seems like a disguise and extol how charities could benefit from some technology or process. BEWARE! If they did not directly say they were a charity and provide some evidence that this was true they may not be, they may have simply said charities could benefit. They could easily be a commercial interest seeking to sell commercially for substantial profit to the charity and mission market. Entrants may not be able to find out. Seekers are typically seeking to exploit for trivial sums of money the creativity, education and experience of individuals who should be appropriately paid and their intellectual property rights protected. They are almost exclusively not, maybe as little as 1% to 10% of what they should be paid - maybe even less. Quite often, from just a limited review of the economic impact of some of the solutions they seek amount to millions of dollars and royalties for intellectual property rights to the solutions entered by individuals should be in the hundreds of thousands of dollars at the minimum - not a typical maximum of $15,000 or $20,000 and often less. Any intellectual property used in any way, even if to derive another different solution, should be protected and paid. They generally are not in any way at all. DO NOT SELL YOURSELF CHEAP - IT HURTS EVERYONE THAT SHOULD RECEIVE A FAIR REWARD FOR THEIR CREATION. Many attempt to circumvent this process and compound injustices. My opinion of ANYONE WHO SUBMITS anything whatsoever to most of the Seekers problems is that they ARE FOOLHARDY IN THE EXTREME and/or have little self-regard. Such offers are typical of parasitic exploitation and should be denied any of the indecent profit they so greedily seek for trivial sums or nothing at all to the many entrants whose intellectual property rights may be compromised simply by their entry. In my opinion they seemingly operate for the most part in AN ETHICAL AND MORAL VACUUM. For the most part, but not exclusively, with authentic charities the only real exception, the appropriate number of entrants for the Seekers problems should be zero! BEWARE! THINK IT THROUGH BEFORE YOU ENTER ANYTHING! This is my limited opinion from a review of the website for approximately one and one half hours and is partly based on my approximately 5 plus years experience as a professional business consultant.
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by Douglas Y. on 3/23/2014 | Submit a Customer Review
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2/18/2014 This organization implies chances to win awards for ideas that "seekers" are supposedly looking to answer. Even if you nail the challenge by identifying a new process whose implementation would achieve a measurable ideal that can at best only be equaled, it is most likely you'll get a rejection with no mention of whether you were among any kind of finalists, or why they decided to award someone else. They say not to give any identifying information about yourself but then when they announce the winners it appears like they have hand-picked only people that make them look like they're are the ultimate pluralist who awards to foreign PHD students. I have followed up to see who some of these people are and their choice seem clearly political. I don't submit unless I know my solution is as comprehensive as it gets. But I'm never told "you were one of our top 20 or some kind of person who figured at all"--just that I lost. What do they do with all the other ideas submitted? They award a very enabling $10K to a foreign Phd student and that's nice and all that. But do you think they just throw everyone else's work away and just use the work of the winner when their work seems to reflect a local application to their reality when yours is geared for global markets? Does that make sense to you? I'm sorry, after at least a dozen rejections with not a single word of what I could have done better of if I figured among the considered, and no improvement on their part to facilitate other talented innovators, it doesn't add up. They are completely covered legally, but common sense says they are scouring brilliant ideas while making themselves look good at picking the archetypal third world student. No way are they limiting their use of intellectual property to the person they awarded all the prize money to. They even tipped their hand by thanking me early on and saying "thanks, while you didn't win, we'll take advantage of many of your ideas". That stopped when I angrily wrote back that they are supposed to limit their use of ideas to those who they reward. They are not entitled to your or my work. I see no growth or change in modality in the 5 years since discovering them. If you're what you say, you're way more visible and aggressive than this. A word to the wise should be sufficient. I wish I had something to show for the hundreds of hours of hard work I put into solutions worth billions. But I'm not even anyone to them after all this time--it's insulting and demoralizing. Anyone can improve if they know why they failed last time. Don't look to these people to tell you. And that just isn't right for this, the Information Age.
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by James M. on 2/18/2014 | Submit a Customer Review
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