DARPA: A Case Study in Open Innovation
The Digitalgov website reported that a number of ingredients help DARPA come up with and execute good ideas. And the agency often gets ideas from building communities of practice in specific areas, often spurred on by open competition and collaboration. DARPA has listed several challenge competitions on Challenge.gov, which invites anyone, not just the usual experts, to pitch their ideas and solutions. DARPA has used challenges to make significant progress in areas such as robotics and responses to disease outbreaks. It’s the perfect approach for an agency that may reject an idea, not because it’s too risky, but because it isn’t ambitious enough. Just one more example of how open innovation brings agencies together in pursuit of new ideas.
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