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

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

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

Privacy Policy Regarding the #MassEduData Challenge posted on May 28

The Commonwealth, the sponsors and partners involved in the #MassEduData Challenge take privacy and security extremely seriously.  Security was our first priority when this event was conceived. To ensure participants’ privacy, we have worked with our partners at the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE)   …Continue Reading Privacy Policy Regarding the #MassEduData Challenge

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

2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) posted on Dec 12

The last year has been productive and exciting for the Patrick administration as we have moved forward on our innovation agenda within Massachusetts state government. During Fiscal Year 2013 (FY13), the following activities were completed: Assessed needs and “opportunities for innovation” among the Commonwealth executive   …Continue Reading 2013 Annual Report of the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO)

Becoming Agile

Becoming Agile posted on Aug 6

The Patrick Administration is tirelessly pursuing innovation in state government to improve service delivery to residents and to save taxpayers’ money.  Several times a year, the Commonwealth hosts a project management forum (“PM Connect”), where project management experts share best practices on key topics. A   …Continue Reading Becoming Agile

Innovating in the Commonwealth

Innovating in the Commonwealth posted on Mar 26

In my role as Government Innovation Officer (GIO) for the Commonwealth, there are several ways in which I help move the innovation agenda forward within the Commonwealth’s various agencies. One category of activity entails my dialoguing with agency leaders to identify opportunities for innovation, and   …Continue Reading Innovating in the Commonwealth

New Revenue Modeling Tool:   How does Gov. Patrick’s “Choose Growth” Proposal Affect You?

New Revenue Modeling Tool: How does Gov. Patrick’s “Choose Growth” Proposal Affect You? posted on Mar 15

When the Commonwealth releases budget proposals (like Governor Patrick did in January), it is sometimes the case that additional information is sought by different people.  Some citizens have difficulty seeing how the proposal would specifically impact them.  Other citizens would like to explore how modifying   …Continue Reading New Revenue Modeling Tool: How does Gov. Patrick’s “Choose Growth” Proposal Affect You?

Welcome to Mass Innovation

Welcome to Mass Innovation posted on Jan 23

Welcome to the Mass Innovation blog! In my role as Government Innovation Officer (GIO), I have been charged with looking at how the various operations of the Commonwealth state government can be streamlined by leveraging innovations. To begin, I went on a “listening tour” —   …Continue Reading Welcome to Mass Innovation