“Challenge platforms” spark public innovation

We’ve written on many occasions about the ways research conducted in the public sector has sparked important innovations. But this month we’re thinking about how government can act as a catalyst for private innovators to help solve public problems. This article from Governing highlights how public agencies can issue reward-based challenges to engage private innovators in solving a public problem. The author describes the process this way:INNOVATION. Vector illustration.

That’s where challenge platforms excel, in letting governments take a relatively hands-off approach to developing innovation: opening up the opportunity to anyone with Internet access, avoiding lengthy contracting processes and working with individuals and small businesses while transferring risk to those entrepreneurs best suited to take a challenge on. The most successful challenge campaigns engage with participants to support their efforts, opening new data sets and being receptive to suggestions and new ideas.

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