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.
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
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 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