Crowdsourcing & Citizen Science

Crowdsourced Digital Citizen Services Summit

Dec 15, 2014 |

In May 2015, we’re hosting the second DigitalGov Citizen Services Summit. This round we are looking to you—federal innovators across government—to help build the agenda. We want to get you the information you need, ignite discussion, foster sharing, build capacity, even get you to challenge and debate each other in the name of delivering better Read »

Can You Crowdsource Your User Experience Research?

Dec 9, 2014 |

In one sense, almost any type of user research is crowdsourced—you’re talking to people and using that information to improve your system. But in a true sense, crowdsourcing is more than just collecting information, it’s collaborating on it. We want to have real conversations, not one-time emailed suggestions without followups. So here’s a few tidbits Read »

Crowdsourcing Month: An Overview

Dec 8, 2014 |

This month we’ll be highlighting articles about crowdsourcing. These are the programs that use a variety of online mechanisms to get ideas, services, solutions, and products by asking a large, diverse crowd to contribute their expertise, talents, and skills. Among the mechanisms are hackathons, data jams, code-a-thons, prize competitions, workplace surveys, open ideation, micro-tasks or Read »

In Crowdsourcing Competitions, Defining the Problem is Half the Battle

Apr 28, 2014 |

After leading a complex effort to crowdsource ideas to solve a problem facing your agency, the last thing you want to hear is that the innovative solutions you received don’t actually help remedy the issue. More than 20 federal innovators recently took part in Read »

HHS Uses Crowdsourcing in Booming mHealth Industry

Mar 19, 2014 |

The mobile health (mHealth) market is projected to become a $50 billion industry by 2020, and the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has been actively contributing to the rise of the mHealth applications. The agency uses public prize competitions like the recent “Game On: HIV/STD Prevention Mobile Application Video Game Challenge” to crowdsource a Read »

Crowdsource Ideas with New Competition Platform

Mar 11, 2014 |

Federal agencies now have the ability to create a challenge competition website that accepts submissions and allows public voting with a new, no-cost tool. The team unveiled and demonstrated the capabilities of GSA’s new crowdsourcing and prize competition platform, on a DigitalGov University webinar. The platform is now available for any Read »

Double Digit Crowdsourcing Competitions Launch in February

Feb 26, 2014 |

This is a phenomenal month for federal challenge and prize competitions with 12 new programs launched in February. The platform usually averages four to six new challenges a month, so we’re excited to see the year start off with a big push to engage citizens in creative Read »

FEMA App adds ‘Disaster Reporter’ feature

Jan 16, 2014

The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) is taking the well-known slogan, “See something, say something,” to the crowd. Consider it more “See something, submit something.” Harnessing the power of citizen intelligence to understand and respond to disasters, FEMA in late 2013 launched a new feature in Read »

NOAA’s Release Mako App

Apr 26, 2012

Mobile Gov Experiences are agency stories about creating anytime, anywhere, any device government services and info. This entry is a story shared by National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA). The Release Mako App was created for fisherman to report their catch and releases of shortfin mako sharks in real time. Read »