Crowdsourcing, Prizes, Moonshots, and More: Bringing New Ideas and Tech into Government

Crowdsourcing, Prizes, Moonshots, and More: Bringing New Ideas and Tech into Government

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Friday, November 4, 2016, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
Littauer 166 (IOP Conference Room), Harvard Kennedy School

Panelists:

  • Chris Nelson, White House, Assistant Director of Open Innovation
  • Jenn Gustetic, NASA, Small Business Innovation Research Program Executive
  • Sandeep Patel, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Open Innovation Manager
  • Wendy Taylor, U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), Director of the Center for Accelerating Innovation and Impact
  • Nick Sinai, HKS Adjunct Lecturer in Public Policy and Former U.S. Deputy CTO (moderator)

Using incentive prizes, grand challenges, crowdsourcing, citizen-science, and non-traditional procurement, the Obama Administration has made a concerted effort to uncover new ideas, new solutions, and non-traditional teams to address America’s thorniest problems.

Looking back at the last 8 years of the Obama Administration, which of these initiatives and common platforms (like Challenge.gov and CitizenScience.gov) have been successful, and where have efforts fallen short?  What can governments and organizations of all sizes learn from these historic open innovation efforts?   How should a new presidential administration make sure the federal government harnesses the ingenuity of the American people?

Come hear from pioneers and experts from the White House, NASA, USAID, and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services! Light breakfast and coffee will be served.

Co-sponsored by the Harvard Institute of Politics.