GSA Seeks Support for Challenge Sites

GSA Seeks Support for Challenge Sites

By • on May 15, 2020

The Nextgov website reported that the Technology Transformation Service—the IT-focused arm of the General Services Administration’s Federal Acquisition Service issued a request for quotes searching for program management support for GSA’s Open Innovation Program, which manages two public-focused crowdsourcing initiatives: Challenge.gov and Citizenscience.gov.

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Art of the Innovation Challenge

Art of the Innovation Challenge

By • on January 13, 2017

The Fedscoop website announced that since the General Services Administration launched Challenge.gov in 2010, the agency has recorded 742 innovation challenges hosted by federal agencies, offices and departments. Now, Challenge.gov is releasing a Challenges and Prizes Toolkit that offers federal agencies

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DARPA: A Case Study in Open Innovation

DARPA: A Case Study in Open Innovation

By • on August 8, 2016

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

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Challenge.gov Crosses New Milestone in Open Innovation

Challenge.gov Crosses New Milestone in Open Innovation

By • on July 11, 2016

The digitalgov.gov website noted that 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,

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NineSigma Announces Winners of  Innovation Challenges

NineSigma Announces Winners of Innovation Challenges

By • on March 28, 2016

The Satprnews website posted an article in which the innovation firm NineSigma announced the winners of two Innovation Challenges they managed on behalf of NASA Tournament Lab: the Space Suit Textile Testing Challenge in collaboration with the Advanced SpaceSuit Project team and the In-Situ Materials

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Innovative Solutions for Civic Issues

Innovative Solutions for Civic Issues

By • on December 18, 2014

The IdeaPoke website reported that in view of the challenges created by growing urbanization, dense population concentrations and limited budgets, many local governments are turning to innovative methods to find solutions to civic issues. Taking a cue from how many large corporations have used crowdsourcing

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Implementing Open Innovation in the Public Sector

Implementing Open Innovation in the Public Sector

By • on November 4, 2013

The Public Administration Review website posted an article which noted that as part of the Open Government Initiative, the Obama administration has called for new forms of collaboration with stakeholders to increase the innovativeness of public service delivery. Federal managers are employing a new

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Costs and Benefits of Open Innovation

Costs and Benefits of Open Innovation

By • on July 31, 2013

An editorial on the Crowdsourcing website notes that sourcing ideas from outside a company’s own R&D department taps a larger pool of contributors who work on the promise of potential partnership in the future, not a guaranteed salary. But all costs aren’t readily apparent at first. Aside

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Open Innovation: Creating Through Community

Open Innovation: Creating Through Community

By • on July 17, 2012

An article on the crowdsourcing website draws lessons from Henry Chesbrough’s 2006 book “Open Business Models,” in which he describes a rising field of companies which specialize in innovation. He calls these companies “innovation intermediaries.”  There are many kinds

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Innovation for the People, by the People

Innovation for the People, by the People

By • on March 9, 2012

A nytimes.com blog notes that today’s problems are complex and unpredictable. Similarly, the problem solving knowledge is not concentrated in any one agency, faculty, company or country. It’s scattered far and wide. How can governments unearth this knowledge and bring it together in a way that

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