Ingenuity Cup

A Global Innovation Competition with a goal to create Groundbreaking Innovations in 40 days.

The Ingenuity Cup team wants to demonstrate to the world that innovation and ingenuity are one of humanity’s signature strengths. Moreover, it must not be an accidental idea but we can consciously develop innovation at will.

The founders of the World Innovations Forum Foundation and BlueCallom have been very successful in founding, growing, and exiting four innovative businesses with disruptive business models. They are also the sponsors of this competition to help the next generation do this with even better tools and methods. The next generations will experience a major shift in the work culture away from repeatable jobs and moving towards creative jobs in a more flexible work environment. As humans, we must start pushing for more creative work environments.

Unfolding the human potential for ingenuity

What is actually a groundbreaking innovation?

A Groundbreaking Innovation has the following characteristics:

  1. Worldwide, there is no other solution like this.
  2. It solves a clearly defined problem that has either not been solved at all or only with an obvious less attractive solution.
  3. It addresses a large existing market or addresses a virgin not yet existing market.
  4. The solution significantly elevates the way people do things.
  5. There are reasonable arguments why the competition will want to follow the concept or create their own groundbreaking innovation.
  6. There is a likelihood that the innovation will displace older less attractive solutions and cause employees to rethink the value of their job and career path (the price of progress).
  7. The majority of potential customers/users will initially either doubt that the solution is possible and/or think that it will never take off.

Background Information

Homo Sapiens made the first attempt to innovate about 300,000 years ago, and then a major boost in ingenuity happened around 12,000 years ago in the Agricultural Revolution. With the understanding of farming and domesticating animals, homo sapiens were able to produce more food than they needed. This allowed others in the community to develop tools, build huts, and more. The more tools we built, the more specialized we became, the more productive was our hunting and farming.

We began to complement the lack of our natural powers with tools. About 5,000 years ago, we began to actually teach people the art of craftsmanship to specialize further. We could not swim long enough so we built boats. We found not lift enough so we built cranes. We could not travel fast enough so we built wagons. By then, already 10% of our working population were able to care about security and comfort, no longer caring about food production.

Another big boost happened around 200 years ago during the Industrial Revolution. We augmented almost all our powers with machines. We crossed our entire planet in a matter of hours by flying, we built stronger material like steel, we built bigger and higher houses, we calculated almost any task through computers, communicate around the world via the internet and we showed the ability to leave our planet to go to another planet. We harness almost every physical power we needed.

The ratio between food production and producing from 90% and 10% flipped to 10% and 90%. Top nations even have a production ratio of 97% and 3% food production. The number of highly innovative people however was still very small, around 0.007% across the planet. Yet it rose to over 5% in the most developed and emerging nations. Looking after the ratio between Creative Work versus Repetitive Work appears to be the next major shift in humanity. If Homo Sapiens wants to solve all of its biggest challenges, it needs far more creative people and needs to tap into its final frontier – augmenting their intellectual powers with machines. Only then, our abilities are only limited by our dreams.

With that development, homo sapiens will be able to sustain life on earth beyond the lifespan of our planet. We may even consider Earth the nest that bred our species to carry it forward outside that nest like any other species – in just a bigger dimension. Life on earth has its natural timely limit, but our natural given ingenuity may be given to us to overcome even that limit.