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Nike Seeks New Fabric For Space Travel

Nike Seeks New Fabric For Innovator Challenge
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Nike is known for its shoes and athletic gear, but could they now be planning on space travel? Not quite. The world renowned sportswear company has teamed up with NASA in an attempt to draw out some of the world’s most brilliant minds.

And they may be looking for you.

On April 24th, Nike, NASA, the United States Agency for International Development, and the State Department came together to present a challenge to innovators everywhere. They are looking for the fabric of the future and there are 10 different goals they want to achieve. With the primary focus being on economic and socially beneficial innovation, they are seeking ideas on how to create what the largest corporations in the world have only dreamed of until now.

Fabrics that are self-healing; processes that take less raw materials to result in more final product; a work system that allows workers to be directly involved in the innovation process; and elimination of toxins in materials; these are only a few of the challenges they have presented to the collective minds of the world.

Sound daunting?  Not to worry! Only one objective of the ten needs to be addressed in order to submit your idea for consideration. Each solution is allowed to address more than one challenge if you wish, of course, and the stricter you adhere to the guidelines, the more weight your proposal will have.

Previous challenges set by Nike and the rest of the major organizations in LAUNCH have resulted in helping entrepreneurs like Jason Aramburu, the founder of Re-Char. Mr. Aramburu went from being one of the finalists in the 2012 challenge to becoming a member of Forbes’s 30 Under 30: Social Entrepreneurs.

Early bird submissions deadline is June 15th and final submissions must be in by July 15th at the latest. Proposal guidelines may be found on the LAUNCH website, as well as other innovators who have participated in previous challenges. Nike wants to know if you have what it takes to be part of the collective genius for a better world.

Nike and the rest of LAUNCH will be accepting proposals from anyone who has a solution to their challenge. A panel of experts and public voting will choose the top ten proposals out of all the submissions, and the winners get a golden ticket (figuratively). They will be flown out to NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in California, given two days of access to investors, experts, and government officials, and the opportunity of a lifetime — a chance to not only invent the next step in the evolution of technology, but to possibly watch their invention used to travel space itself.

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