The Federal List of #HackforChange Projects

May 15, 2014 |

You should be on this list—the current federal government participants in the National Day of Civic Hacking. There are 15 agencies participating in the event, primarily in and around the Washington, D.C., area. This is a fantastic compilation of what agencies are doing, but it is not enough. We need more widespread participation across the country. If Read »

New White House Report: Prize Competition Use Increased 85% in 2013

May 7, 2014 |

We are thrilled to share an update from our competition colleagues at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy. The third annual comprehensive report detailing the use of prizes and Read »

Civic Hacking: Pathways for Participation

May 2, 2014 |

The National Day of Civic Hacking is actually a weekend. An awe-inspiring two days of collaborative work where coders, designers, writers, innovative thinkers, 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 »

Get Started with Challenge and Prize Competitions

Mar 31, 2014 |

Interested in running a challenge and prize competition, but don’t know where to start? Well, here are all the resources GSA’s Office of Citizen Services and Innovative Technologies has to offer: 1) Challenge.gov. Put your agency’s challenges on this government-wide listing and learn about more than 300 public Read »

Challenge and Competition Service Providers

Mar 28, 2014 |

I’m sure many of you have heard the expression “there’s an app for that.” Well, now you can say “there’s a schedule for that” as you plan challenge and prize competitions with your colleagues. In 2010, GSA was asked to build Challenge.gov and set up a schedule (a list Read »

Six Tips for Measuring Success in Challenge Competitions

Mar 20, 2014 |

You’ve run a challenge and prize competition, selected your winners, and distributed the prizes. If you think you’re done, guess again. There’s much more to challenge and prize competition success than getting a solution that solves your problem or meets the criteria. You need to measure success right 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 Challenge.gov team unveiled and demonstrated the capabilities of GSA’s new crowdsourcing and prize competition platform, Challenge.sites.usa.gov on a DigitalGov University webinar. The platform is now available for any Read »

Lights, Camera, Action! 7 Tips to Run a Successful Video Challenge

Feb 20, 2014 |

Not sure how to craft a video challenge that will result in the creative solutions your agency is looking for? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Jason Crusan from NASA and Tammi Marcoullier from Challenge.gov joined a recent DigitalGov University webinar to share best practices and hurdles in running video competitions. We’ve recapped their advice and key Read »

Software/Apps Challenges: Getting Results for Your Agency

Feb 4, 2014 |

Federal agencies are rapidly finding that software and/or app prize competitions have the potential to harness innovative ideas from the public. But Read »

Highlights from 2013 #TCOpen Coding Competition

Jan 10, 2014 |

Our team and a few other agencies had the chance to attend the 2013 TopCoder Open this year and meet the best of the best developers, coders, designers, data scientists, and innovative thinkers in crowdsourcing. This Read »

Next SocialGov Summit: Challenge and Prize Competitions

Nov 19, 2013 |

A public prize spurred Charles Lindbergh to fly across the Atlantic, and this week social media managers across government will help a new generation of prize competitions take flight. These sessions aren’t just for social media managers who have held a challenge or are Read »

Key to Successful Prize Competitions: Define Your Problem Statement

Nov 13, 2013 |

In a prize competition, failing to properly define your problem up front can result in lower participation and submissions that don’t actually solve your issue. To create a challenge that produces viable results, start by doing your own homework. Vaguely defined problems invite less-than-desirable solutions or scare Read »