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Yearly Archives: 2014

2014 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) Posted on Dec 23

2014 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

This past year has been quite an active one as we have made great progress advancing our innovation agenda within Massachusetts state government.  Highlights include: Launched a Commonwealth of Massachusetts Innovation Fellows (CMIF) Program to nurture and grow a culture of innovation among Commonwealth employees   …Continue Reading 2014 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder Posted on Dec 3

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder

Local officials in city and town governments interact with the Commonwealth every day on a variety of matters – from accessing resources to understanding obligations and regulations. Sometimes, local officials know which persons, programs or agencies to contact at the state level to access the   …Continue Reading The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Launches Its Municipal Grant Finder

The Road to Open Data Posted on Nov 24

The Road to Open Data

The topic of Open Data is gaining significant coverage in government news. So amongst the buzz, the Commonwealth and the Mass Technology Leadership Council (MassTLC) held an open discussion to hear thoughts from the public. According to The Open Data Handbook, “open data is data   …Continue Reading The Road to Open Data

Astra IDentity and CarKnow win the Commonwealth’s First MassIT Government Innovation Prize Posted on Nov 14

Astra IDentity and CarKnow win the  Commonwealth’s First MassIT Government Innovation Prize

As state government becomes increasingly digital, new and innovative technologies can enhance the Commonwealth’s ability to operate more efficiently. The Commonwealth has partnered with MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator to create the MassIT Government Innovation Competition. The competition gives the Commonwealth access to entrepreneurs   …Continue Reading Astra IDentity and CarKnow win the Commonwealth’s First MassIT Government Innovation Prize

MassIT Government Innovation Contestants Pitch their Ideas Posted on Oct 23

MassIT Government Innovation Contestants Pitch their Ideas

Technology entrepreneurs pitched their ideas for government innovation on September 23, 2014 as part of the MassIT Government Innovation Competition. The competition is sponsored by MassIT, the Commonwealth’s lead state agency for technology and innovation, with support from MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator.  MassChallenge   …Continue Reading MassIT Government Innovation Contestants Pitch their Ideas

MassIT & New Urban Mechanics Live Stream: How to Pitch Your Innovation to Gov Posted on Sep 12

On August 21, 2014, MassIT announced a first-of-its-kind MassIT Government Innovation Competition, with a $50,000 prize for the winning project. To support potential applicants to the competition, MassIT and the Boston Mayor’s Office of New Urban Mechanics hosted a live stream broadcast on September 2nd,   …Continue Reading MassIT & New Urban Mechanics Live Stream: How to Pitch Your Innovation to Gov

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Welcomes Inaugural Innovation Fellows Posted on Sep 3

Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Welcomes Inaugural Innovation Fellows

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Innovation Fellows (CMIF) Program, inspired by the White House’s Presidential Innovation Fellowship Program, is designed to cultivate an innovative culture in state agencies, attract and retain talent, and obtain highly qualified leaders who can tackle complex, high-impact challenges. The program was   …Continue Reading Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Welcomes Inaugural Innovation Fellows

MassIT Government Innovation Competition Engages Startups Posted on Sep 2

MassIT Government Innovation Competition Engages Startups

According to the Journal of High Technology Management “innovation” is something “original” and “new,” which “breaks into the market or society.” On August 21, 2014, The Patrick Administration announced a new government innovation competition to leverage MassChallenge’s $1 million start-up competition, with a goal of helping   …Continue Reading MassIT Government Innovation Competition Engages Startups

iCatalyst: Massachusetts Innovation Engine Engages Commonwealth Employees and Constituents in Collaborative Ideation Posted on Aug 20

iCatalyst: Massachusetts Innovation Engine Engages Commonwealth Employees and Constituents in Collaborative Ideation

iCatalyst is a cloud-based tool used to spark innovation within Commonwealth secretariats and agencies. The tool creates secure, password-protected communities where peers can interact with one another through Idea Challenges. In Idea Challenges, an executive sponsor poses a question to a defined audience to gather   …Continue Reading iCatalyst: Massachusetts Innovation Engine Engages Commonwealth Employees and Constituents in Collaborative Ideation

Edwin Analytics Provides Tools for Educators to Improve Teaching Outcomes Posted on Aug 18

Edwin Analytics Provides Tools for Educators to Improve Teaching Outcomes

The Commonwealth of Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) collects data from school districts for reporting and policy analysis, turning that data into information which can improve educational outcomes is a common challenge. To address that challenge, and to support Governor Patrick’s top-level   …Continue Reading Edwin Analytics Provides Tools for Educators to Improve Teaching Outcomes