We are only about 14 days away from production and have 6 new products in development which will be launched in spring. We have already been put out by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology store and we have literally received hundreds of inquiries regarding the product. I started this project as a fun way to get kids excited about STEM science, technology, engineering and math and it has turned into a bonanza. We're working now on the curriculum can achieve our target is to find more than 1000 teachers across the country and innovation. The full game version of our website and our new inventor laboratory will be launching very soon. We are looking for challenge champions to help manage our 5 challenge categories if you know anyone interested please let me know

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Our research has shown that if you want to achieve targeted innovation success you need to have challenge-based innovation. So what drives engagement, competition and ultimately innovation success? Simply stated it's the game. Stakeholders have been trained through risk centric corporate culture not to participate in any activity that exposes you to criticism. Given the high stakes and high failure rate of innovation it's no surprise that most employees don't want to participate. That's the exact reason that we created the Hanz platform in the first place. It provides a safe place to innovate while training participants the benefits of collective and collaborative innovation, challenge-based innovation, the socialization of innovation and ultimately the game of innovation. Our game provides incentives for participation, posting builds, posting challenges, winning challenges, posting the best challenges and more. Our game badges also show the community the varying levels of certified training skills.
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By the end of 2013 we will add more than 20 cool new products. In Spring we will launch the "Hanz H2O" the kit includes four Bright Orange floats that plug into the Hanz Brain. This will create some VERY cool builds.
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We have added a Google plus community to provide another way for our innovators collaborate. Our goal is to find new and improved ways to serve our committee. Please join the discussion

My favorite type of challenge is the open platform challenge. I think this is where most innovation will happen. The idea of an open platform challenge is to use The Hanz Innovation Platform to create truly functional innovations. Use the Hanz Platform to create the ultimate iPad holder or connected to servos to create robotic movements. I am working on a build using some of our preproduction prototypes to find the best way to create robotic and power driven functions to our kits. I made this last night it drives okay but it tends to steer. So I'm going to create a central drive wheel so it will go straight. As we design power units for our kits we're looking at developing a USB powered set of speed variable and reversible motors that will be controlled from a programmable GUI dashboard. What's your idea on getting your kit to move?

We will provide on request solid work files to our university partners of our platform. This allows the engineering department to use the digital files to create builds that can be validated through building actual kits. For example you could build a bridge in solid Works or other engineering programs and then verify that it will withstand loads or other engineering validation principles. To request a file please contact our customer services department for details. Using the file is free.

We will be building our innovation and educational community over the next several months. Our goal is simple, to get kids excited about innovation, technology, building sustainable communities, architecture, the arts and most importantly innovation. We will be traveling to dozens of cities on our innovation superstar tour and our goal for 2013 is to train more than 5000 teachers on innovation leadership. So please help us spread the word.

We are working very hard behind the scenes to complete all of the functions of our innovation competitions. At this point we will be shipping products sometime in January 2013 (Send us a note on our "contact us" page to reserve your product). We already have thousands of kits reserved and we haven't even started to promote our products and online services yet. Over the next two weeks you will see major updates to our BETA site. The updates will include more instructional videos, gallery posts and of course the actual functionality of our game components. We are also quickly filling up our calendar for our innovation superstar tour so if you are a business, museum or school get in touch with the soon to have us conduct a workshop for you. I will be blogging soon about our Hanz Robotics project that is now underway. If you know any robot geniuses were putting together a customer advisory board now. Keep checking back on the site were updating it daily with our formal rollout on January 1, 2013.
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