The process is made of four main steps
- A search for experts and knowledge.
Start by entering keywords representing the domain of your question. As an exemple a user willing to “find smaller antennas design for a 3G device” may start by searching for “compact antenna”. The system will return results and suggestions of relevant domains or technologies that should also be investigated, as “metamaterial antenna” or “USB dongle application”. Select these suggestions if they make sense to look for particular expertise, new experts and new suggestions will be presented.
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- The selection of relevant Experts.
Each time you find an expert having authored relevant publications or patents you can add him or her to your contact list, clic on 'Add expert'. For the overall process to be successful you must select a fair number of experts, typically around 100. This is required to make sure you will receive enough proposals. To help you with that, the system automatically detects similar experts to the ones you have selected. When you have selected a fair number of relevant experts your list is finalized.
- Draft your Question.
When your list is finalized you can draft your question. The questionnaire will help you specify the most important aspects of the question (problem statement, IPR, maturity). Make your question more appealing by including a picture, a reward price if possible and a detailed version as an attachment.
- Submit your question.
With an experts list and a question drafted you are almost done. Hit the “Contact experts” button and your question will be sent for validation by our team.
What happens next ?
We will review and potentially update your question and the experts list, identify the contacts and write to the experts and ask for their interest. You will receive some notifications along this process (question validated, question published, question asked, solution received) until you decide to select one or more proposals.