IdeaChain: An idea publishing platform powered by blockchain.

A chain of ideas ‘written in stone’ on blockchain — in the context of Open Innovation. A global platform for publishing ideas, empowering collaboration, and contribution.

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I genuinely believe in ideas. Great ideas energize and inspire people; they can transform teams, products, companies, or even societies; they can bring fresh views to complex problems; they can reshape strategies and shed light on unexplored areas.

Yes, ideas alone cannot change the world or build business empires. In practice, even the boldest of ideas can be forgotten, abandoned, or fail due to poor framing and/or execution. To drive results and bring impact, great ideas also need exceptional execution which usually involves a massive effort and collaboration across various teams and, in some cases, organizations.

What if there was a global platform for publishing ideas — a place that encourages collaboration and contribution among like-minded individuals, teams, and modern organizations?

The homepage of the ideachain website — an open innovation concept
The homepage of the ideachain website — an open innovation concept
The ideachain prototype

1. Editing Ideas with a little help from … AI

Great ideas need careful articulation and packaging. Ideachain uses the Universal Model for Ideas — which introduces a simple yet powerful structure and allows ideas to be effectively presented in just a single page. The idea editing process is simple and interactive — providing just-in-time advice and examples to the user. Ideas are handled as ‘master objects’ that get enriched by the user — links, resources, documents, etc.

The Idea Editor — a tool by ideachain — an open innovation concept
The Idea Editor — a tool by ideachain — an open innovation concept
Ideachain — The Idea Editor — shaping the ‘AI Powered ideation channel’ idea

2. Idea Understanding

A key feature of the ideachain platform is the ability to understand and semantically cross-link the entire corpus of ideas in order to form an ‘ideas graph’ that enhances discovery and diffusion of ideas to the right channels.

3. Idea Management

The platform has been designed to offer private management of ideas but also to allow selective publishing and signing on the Blockchain.

‘Encrypt & protect’ OR ‘Set-in-stone & share’?

Sharing ideas with the world (but signing them on Blockchain first)

In an open innovation context, the user contributes by sharing ideas with a specific community or the entire network of businesses and organizations. The user may also flag their ideas as ‘public domain’ — share ideas with the world — and, in return, build their reputation as innovators. In this open innovation mode, ideators get connected and they create and pursue opportunities through a more collaborative path. The following Epic user story summarizes the main point of view of the ideator:

As an ideator I want to be able to share my idea with the world while getting an undisputable ‘proof of sharing’; So I get credits for sharing my idea and grow my reputation as innovator.

With the click of a button, the ideator can ‘serialize the idea’, produce a hash, and publish it as the payload of a blockchain transaction — in this instance on Ethereum.

The Idea Viewer — a tool that presents an idea and its properties — offered by ideachain
The Idea Viewer — a tool that presents an idea and its properties — offered by ideachain
The idea viewer presenting the ‘AI-powered ideation channel’ idea — also with the signature from the blockchain — Ethereum in this instance

Handling ideas securely with trackable disclosure to selected users

There are situations where open disclosure of ideas is not the wisest option. In such cases, the ideator can keep their ideas private — stored with strong encryption, at rest. The ideator has full control regarding if, when, and to whom to disclose the idea — the user can share selected ones with specific members of the platform — while the ‘agreement’ to share and receive the idea is tracked on blockchain as indisputable proof of the information exchange event between two or more users (the user sharing the idea and the recipients who accept to receive it under specific terms).

A real instance of an idea — presented via the Idea Viewer, in ideachain
A real instance of an idea — presented via the Idea Viewer, in ideachain
Another example of an idea signed on blockchain (Ethereum) — a pre-covid idea :)

Getting an assessment of an idea by trusted partners, under NDA

In another scenario, the ideator may ask for feedback — regarding private, secured ideas — from a network of trusted partners who have already an NDA with the platform. In such a case, ideachain provides the mechanism that tracks the request, the acceptance, and the disclosure of ideas on blockchain — Ethereum in this instance.

4. Idea Contribution Tracking

An active innovation community not only exchanges ideas and knowledge; it also embraces collaboration. Ideachain has been designed to support collaboration with embedded mechanisms that keep detailed history — immutable records of those contributing to an idea — and the value they add — in order to give people the credit they deserve. Powered by blockchain.

5. Networking

Ideachain is designed to promote the networking of innovators and ideas. Beyond storing and managing ideas, users can discover innovators, inventors, and creative individuals based on their interests, activity, and the actual content they produce. Part of the objective is to empower innovators to connect and explore the possibilities to form teams and drive ideas further — in an Open Innovation or a Startup context.

Interested?

We are re-imagining ideachain as an open-source, open innovation platform. We are looking for inspired innovators who are willing to change the world. Connect to find out more.

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