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