My name is Fransje de Gelder and I'm working for Enviu in the Netherlands (www.enviu.org). Together with Clear Light Ventures, a social venture in San Fransisco, Enviu is organizing an open source crowdsource challenge to scout business concepts for a non-invasive test kit to screen for methyl mercury in the human body.
The winning business concept wins $2.500 and a possible investment of Clear Light Ventures in the business concept to further develop it into a prototype.
Mercury poisoning, though becoming more known, is still quite pervasive and many people have higher mercury levels in their bodies than the CDC or WHO recommend and don’t even know it. Information is power. If there was a simple, fast, non-invasive test for mercury that could be performed routinely (think along the lines of taking your temperature, or checking your blood pressure at the grocery store) either at regular intervals or when symptoms suggest, then one could avoid potentially detrimental health and intelligence effects.
You can read more about the challenge on the website: http://toxicmetalchallenge.com/over