Challenges and Prizes Community of Practice

​Want to Expand Your Innovation Base? Dive In, Run a Challenge, and Listen to Your Customers

May 24, 2017 |

The Office of the National Coordinator (ONC) is a small agency in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) whose mission is to increase the interoperability and use of electronic health records and health IT. We don’t have the funding and personnel of larger agencies, and, for the most part, this is fine. The Read »

DigitalGov University in Review: 2016 Training Trends

Jan 11, 2017 |

DigitalGov University (DGU), the events platform for DigitalGov, provides programming to build and accelerate digital capacity by providing webinars and in-person events highlighting innovations, case studies, tools, and resources. Thanks to your participation, DGU hosted over 90 events with 6,648 attendees from over 100 agencies across federal, tribal, state, and local governments. Read »

A New Prize Challenge for Virtual and Augmented Reality Learning Tools

Nov 18, 2016 | ,

Summary: The Administration has launched a new competition for virtual and augmented reality developers to create learning tools to support career and technical education. “I’m calling for investments in educational technology that will help create… educational software that’s as compelling as the best video game. I want you guys to be stuck on Read »

GAO to Congress: Federal Agencies Are Making a Difference Through Open Innovation

Oct 21, 2016 |

Federal agencies confront tough problems every day. In searching for solutions, agencies will want to attract different perspectives, test new products, build capacity and communities, and increase public awareness. How do they do it? The answer: open innovation. Federal agencies need to engage and collaborate with all sectors of society, a task made easier by Read »

Another Year, Another Leap Forward for Prize Competitions

Aug 11, 2016 |

If federal agencies need an incentive to be more open and innovative in addressing critical issues, they need look no further than news this week from the White House. On August 10, the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy issued its Implementation of Federal Prize Authority Progress Report for fiscal year 2015, and Read »

DARPA: A Case Study in Open Innovation

Jul 25, 2016 |

You may not know it, but the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency, or DARPA, has changed your life. There’s the Internet, for starters. And if that isn’t enough, the agency also has played a pivotal role in shaping GPS, stealth aircraft and drone technology. In fact, ever since its creation under President Eisenhower, DARPA has Read »

The Content Corner: How to Leverage User-Generated Content to Resonate With Your Audience

Jul 11, 2016 |

User-Generated Content (UGC) is a buzzword as of late, popularized recently due to the ever increasing demand for new content. To define the phrase, let’s look to a shining example of it,Wikipedia, as a source, “any form of content such as blogs, wikis, discussion forums, posts, chats,tweets, podcasts, digital images, video, audio files, advertisements, and other Read »

White House: Challenges, Citizen Science Among Top Innovation Efforts of Past 8 Years

Jun 24, 2016 |

The White House this week released a report detailing the impact of 100 initiatives that have expanded U.S. capacity in science, technology and innovation over the past eight years. Evident throughout the report is the influence of Challenge.gov and CitizenScience.gov, two open innovation programs managed by the U.S. General Services Administration (GSA). In fact, among Read »

700 Strong: Challenge.gov Crosses New Milestone in Open Innovation

Jun 15, 2016 |

Challenge.gov, the official website for crowdsourcing and prize competitions across government, celebrated its five-year anniversary in October 2015. Now, not even one year later, the site has reached another milestone. On Monday, two agencies launched new challenges, bringing the total Read »

A Problem Without Definition Is a Challenge Without a Solution

Jun 8, 2016 |

A prize competition often starts with a problem. In order to get help to find a solution, people need to clearly understand your problem. Understanding and effectively communicating your problem isn’t easy, but it’s necessary. Problems are like spaghetti—messy and complex, says Denys Resnick, Executive Vice President of Strategic Programs at NineSigma Inc., which provides Read »

Open Data Democratizes Innovation

Jun 2, 2016 | ,

Americans Use Public Data to Improve the Lives of Fellow Citizens Data is one of our most important national assets. It informs our policy and our national priorities. But as we have seen time and time again, the most effective way to govern is to engage with the public directly. Thanks to the President’s Executive Order requiring Read »

The Challenge of Partnerships: ‘The Good, Bad and Ugly’ of Prize Collaborations

Apr 29, 2016 |

Well-executed partnerships can create better solutions and place them on a bigger platform. Poorly executed ones, on the other hand, can send federal agencies into a bureaucratic tailspin. To partner or not to partner: That is the question. “If you are going to do one, don’t do it because it seems like a good idea,” Read »

Challenges, Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science: What’s the Dif?

Dec 16, 2015 |

There’s more than one way to harness the wisdom of the crowd. In honor of December’s monthly theme, we’re diving into and defining the various ways that federal agencies use public contributions to meet real needs and fulfill important objectives. Crowdsourcing Two’s company, three’s a crowd—and getting input from many is crowdsourcing. A White House Read »

Challenges & Crowdsourcing: A Quick Overview and Look Ahead

Dec 8, 2015 |

This month we’re highlighting articles about challenge competitions and crowdsourcing across the federal government. Federal agencies can gain a wealth of ideas, services, solutions and products by asking a large, diverse crowd to contribute their talents and skills. Simply put, crowdsourcing means engaging the crowd. Often referred to as a form of open collaboration or Read »

New White House Innovation Strategy Promotes Increase in Challenges and Prizes

Oct 29, 2015 |

The White House released an updated Strategy for American Innovation last week, calling again on government to tap the American public’s brain trust Read »

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