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Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick Welcomes Inaugural Innovation Fellows

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Winners of Mass EduData Challenge Announced

Winners of Mass EduData Challenge Announced posted on Jul 30

  The Mass EduData Challenge, a multi-week open data competition, revealed the competition winners at an Award Ceremony on Tuesday, July 15th at hack/reduce in Cambridge, MA. The education-centered civic hacking competition challenged participants to create valuable insights by leveraging anonymized public data sets maintained   …Continue Reading Winners of Mass EduData Challenge Announced

Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week

Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week posted on Jun 24

The Mass EduData Challenge, an education-centered civic data challenge, just completed its third week. Since the May 28th launch at Cambridge hacker space, hack/reduce the challenge has seen a steady increase in participants. The goal of the challenge participants is to enhance educational tools and   …Continue Reading Mass EduData Challenge Marks its Third Week

COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce

COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce posted on Jun 23

In 1997, a new web-based bid solicitation system called Comm-PASS was launched by the Commonwealth. At the time, it was considered cutting edge. Unfortunately as time progressed, Comm-PASS no longer adequately met customer demand. Accordingly, the Operational Services Division (OSD) sought to create something better.   …Continue Reading COMMBUYS Provides New Web Platform for Commonwealth Businesses/Government Commerce

Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff

Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff posted on Jun 3

The Mass EduData Challenge, a six-week open data competition, held its official kickoff event on Wednesday, May 28th at hack/reduce. This education-focused civic hacking competition challenges developers to enhance educational outcomes by leveraging public data sets maintained by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education   …Continue Reading Developers Dive into Educational Data at the Mass EduData Challenge Kickoff

Mass EduData Challenge:  Tech Teams Leverage Open Data to Enhance Educational Outcomes

Mass EduData Challenge: Tech Teams Leverage Open Data to Enhance Educational Outcomes posted on May 23

Open data is a catalyst for innovation; putting information in the hands of Massachusetts’ inventive citizens provides for endless possibilities. When the MBTA made their public transit schedules publicly available it spurred a host of new mobile applications, allowing commuters to easily track their trains   …Continue Reading Mass EduData Challenge: Tech Teams Leverage Open Data to Enhance Educational Outcomes