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Gov. Deval Patrick speaks at the MassChallenge launch ceremony in February, 2014

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 state government run more efficiently, save tax payer money and better serve citizens.

The MassIT Government Innovation Competition is one of a number of smaller “sidecar” competitions which will accompany the larger MassChallenge event. The MassIT Government Innovation Competition is open to all 128 MassChallenge finalists, as well as to new applicants. The goal of this sidecar competition is to engage diverse startups to develop original ideas and solutions which meet the needs of Massachusetts constituents (residents or business). The competition is cosponsored by MassIT and the Office of the Government Innovation Officer.

As a first-of-its-kind for the Commonwealth, this competition gives Massachusetts state government unprecedented access to entrepreneurs who are focused on improving constituent-government relationships. This pilot will also help the Commonwealth to learn more about using competitions as a vehicle to generate solutions and job growth through civic engagement. To participate in the competition, an interested start-up has to answer 6 brief questions. (Answers to each of the six questions are limited to 500 characters.) To encourage additional participation, the application deadline has been extended until today, September 2, 2014 at to 4:00pm.

Additional information about the MassIT Government Innovation Competition can be found in the press release and in the application form.

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Digital Communications Intern
Crystal Witter manages digital communications for the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO). She is also pursuing a B.S. in Communication Studies from Emerson College. Crystal is enthuiastic about innovation, strategy and execution of communicating through multiple digital media channels. She has 3 years of experience in strategic marketing and public relations.

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