I want to mark this thread for future reference, but I also would suggest you contact a local university with an engineering program. I'd be willing to bet you can get a professor to turn a bunch of college students loose on your "challenge." It would be a wonderful exercise for the students, and you've got nothing to lose.
Hell, if you were in the good ol' U S of A, you could probably get the government to fund a few $Billion of research on your "challenge."
Good luck in your quest!