Types of challenges–ideation, software and apps, creative and tech–and the platforms and tools for success.

GSA Announces First-Ever Mentorship Program

Oct 22, 2015 |

It may seem like issuing an open challenge to the American public is a novel form of federal procurement, but it has quickly become an effective way of generating fresh solutions to enduring problems. In every community, there are those who use their knowledge and experience to guide their neighbors down new paths. The federal Read » Honors Federal Agencies, Staff for Raising the Bar on Public Sector Prize Competitions

Oct 13, 2015 |

The biggest advocates for the use of challenges in the public sector gathered at the General Services Administration (GSA) headquarters, October 8, to acknowledge the remarkable rise of a community that has grown steadily in number and influence over the past five years. More than 300 federal employees representing agencies spanning government attended in person Read »

White House Kicks Off Anniversary with Wealth of New Prize Competitions

Oct 8, 2015 |

In a call to action issued Oct. 7, the White House announced several new programs challenging citizens to help federal agencies solve problems in areas ranging from space exploration to education. Hosted in conjunction with Georgetown University, the Case Foundation and the Joyce Foundation, the event Read »

The People and Teams That Power High-Impact Incentive Prizes

Oct 6, 2015 | ,

Federal agencies have used prize competitions and challenges to drive competition and spark innovation for nearly a decade. In September 2010, as part of President Obama’s Strategy for American Innovation [PDF], the Administration launched, an online platform that enables federal agencies to engage civic Read »

Success Spotlight: Challenge Takes Students, Biomedicine to Next Level

Sep 18, 2015 |

Leaders in the biomedical field will applaud a team of student researchers October 9 for developing a potentially lifesaving device in response to a competition published on in March. The accolades come a day after the website, a no-cost platform for federal agencies to publish Read »

Mission Possible: Experts Plot the Steps for Running Successful Prize Competitions

Sep 18, 2015 |

Long before the final prize is awarded, a successful challenge starts with a master plan. That’s the point experts drove home during Operational Best Practices and Lessons Learned, the third webinar in’s ongoing series on running successful prize competitions. Sandeep Patel, open innovation manager for the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services’ Idea Lab, Read »

Not Just a Website: Enables Agencies to Innovate with Incentives

Sep 10, 2015 |

Next month, turns five. A technical platform, a listing of federal prize competitions, and consultation and support services for running impactful challenges all meld into the program, which brings the best ideas and talent together to solve mission-centric problems. To mark the milestone, the General Services Administration (GSA) will host a special event on Read »

Services Mean Success for Federal Challenges

Aug 18, 2015 | offers a number of services to help agencies create successful competitions. One challenge that recently wrapped up made use of the full range of these services to come up with some creative, useful apps that have nationwide implications. Presidential Read »

NIST Hosts Reference Data Challenge to Create Mobile Apps

Aug 13, 2015 |

The National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) wants YOU to help them build native apps. NIST launched the Reference Data Challenge to improve the way the agency shares scientific reference data. They want third party developers from around the country to build native apps that aggregate and improve the usability of free NIST datasets and resources. Read »

Challenge Module 2: It’s All About the Teams—The Importance of Operational Incentives in Prizes

Aug 12, 2015 |

A strong incentive is the lifeblood of solving any challenge. That’s the message experts offered August 4 as part of a webinar series on running successful federal competitions. Sam Ortega, manager Read »

Data Delivers: Challenge Culminates in National Demo Day Event Slated for Thursday

Aug 10, 2015 |

VISIT EVENT PAGE REGISTER NOW The U.S. Census Bureau this week will showcase some of the most innovative data-driven apps soon to spark change in cities from coast to coast during its first-ever National Demo Day. On Thursday, Aug. 13, from 2 to 3 p.m. EST, five teams that participated Read »

An Innovation Framework That Delivers: The SunShot Catalyst Program

Aug 7, 2015 |

Behind every great innovation is a team. And behind successful innovation teams are efficient tools, processes, and most importantly, people. The Department of Energy’s SunShot Initiative funds projects that make solar energy more affordable and accessible for Americans. As part of the initiative, the SunShot Catalyst open innovation program seeks to rapidly deliver solar solutions Read »

Challenge Module 1: Prize History, Prize Theory and What Makes a Good Prize

Jul 29, 2015 |

Two powerhouses in the Challenge and Prize community came together at GSA for the first in a seven-part learning series recently. Chris Frangione, Vice President of Prize Development for the XPrize and Alexis Bonnell, Innovation Evangelist at USAID offered insights Read »

Accelerating the Use of Prizes to Address Tough Challenges

Jul 20, 2015 | ,

Later this year, the Federal government will celebrate the fifth anniversary of, a one-stop shop that has prompted tens of thousands of individuals, including engaged citizens and entrepreneurs, to participate in more than 400 public-sector prize competitions with more Read » Program Launches New Training Opportunities

Jul 14, 2015 |

Seven new training modules aim to help Federal Challenge and Prize Community members learn more about using prize competitions to solve problems. The expert series, Designing and Operating Prizes to Maximize Success, kicked off July 14, 2015, with “Prize History, Read »