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The Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series explores how federal agencies are engaging the crowd to multiply the ideas and perspectives they bring to certain issues. In this second episode, you’ll learn about the benefits of prize competitions and the resources available to federal agencies through GSA’s Challenge.gov program.
Challenge.gov is a program and website that has been at the center of the federal crowdsourcing movement for a decade. The program offers a no-cost website where government agencies list and members of the public participate in prize competitions. The program team also provides consultation and support services to agencies as they plan and execute their projects.
In this webinar, you’ll learn more about how agencies are using prize competitions to achieve mission-related goals. This overview will include a description of prize types, prize activities across federal government, and the legal authorities for running these competitions.
Additionally, this episode will feature an overview of the prize portfolio at the Maternal and Child Health Bureau branch of the Department of Health and Human Services, and a look at how they’ve achieved impact by offering cash prizes and other incentives for top ideas.
- Jarah Meador, PhD, Director, Challenge.gov, U.S. General Services Administration
- Jessie Buerlein, MSW, Sr. Public Health Analyst and Prize Lead, Maternal and Child Health Bureau, Health Resources and Services Administration, Department of Health and Human Services
Upcoming episodes in the Federal Crowdsourcing Webinar Series include:
- June 11: The Opportunity Project, U.S. Census Bureau
- July 9: Open Opportunities, Office of Personnel Management
- August 13: History By the People, Library of Congress
This talk is hosted by Challenge.gov. Managed by GSA, Challenge.gov serves as both the official listing of prize competitions across government, as well as a centralized platform for federal agencies to market and manage their problem-solving events. The program also designs resources and training, which have helped more than 100 federal agencies run over 900 prize competitions with public participation since 2010.
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