Data Intelligence, Business Analytics
Executives spend a lot of times in airports and places around the world. One way to optimize the time spent is to know which important contacts (e.g. a hot sales lead) is in the same airport at the same time, or in the same city at the same time, to set up a meeting and leverage time that might otherwise have little productivity. Algorithms based on spatial-temporal analysis of socially connected people could help.
Detection of time wasters
You have a list of 50 business leads to contact or follow up with. How do you detect time wasters, or even more importantly, false leads (competitors) who want to connect with you for the sole purpose of stealing your IP. An algorithm based on a number of metrics (maybe crowd-sourcing to score potential contacts and leads) could help you save tons of time and money, as well as reduce IP leaks.
Turning extra heat from global warming into energy
If we get more energy from the Sun (e.g. because of global warming that traps heat on Earth), how can we turn this additional energy into... usable energy such as electricity. Concentrating sun rays could help boil water, which in turn would produce extra electricity (the steam being used to run turbines, the old fashioned way, but in a non-polluting setting).
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