What is a good problem statement for you proposal?

We have developed some tips on good problem statement formulation in order for big corporations to formulate the challenge in the best way possible for future problem solvers.

 

The challenge should focus on a discrete problem
In essence, this means that you do not address multiple innovations in one challenge. The specific and clear problem statement, in plain language. This will ensure you get the right submissions, as it activates the people with a solution to the problem.

 

Avoid using sector-specific jargon.
Multiple sectors may have solutions for your challenge but using the terminology of one sector might make the challenge not understandable by others. Where possible, use an informed layperson (family, friends, colleagues from a different part of the business) to review the language used.

How might we achieve sustainable, reliable, and affordable steam generation in our factories, by sustainable energy solutions?

Currently, our factories operate a fossil fuel-powered steam generator, but we want a solution with preferably zero emissions, with similar performance and affordability (cost-effective) in a 10 years scope.

Our current process generates large amounts of by-products that are expensive to dispose of. We are looking for value-added utilization of our industrial waste in advanced materials and for solutions to compact the industrial waste to improve transport and handling at the customer.
Complex
Our current process generates large amounts of by-products that are expensive to dispose of. We are looking for solutions to create added value from this waste stream.
Clear and focused

How might we adapt the current fossil fuel-based system to use bio-origin fuels?
Very specific
How might we achieve sustainable, reliable, and affordable steam generation in our factories, by sustainable energy solutions?
Balanced

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