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 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
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
Technology entrepreneurs pitched their ideas for government innovation on September 23, 2014 as part of the MassIT Government Innovation Competition. The competition is sponsored by MassIT, the Commonwealth’s lead state agency for technology and innovation, with support from MassChallenge, the world’s largest startup accelerator. MassChallenge …Continue Reading MassIT Government Innovation Contestants Pitch their Ideas
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
In the past decade, school districts in Massachusetts and around the country have been learning how to use data to customize teaching to each student’s individual needs, to support coaching and development of teachers, and to make big-picture decisions about resource allocation within a district. …Continue Reading School StatNet Enables Informed School Operations Decisions
The initial projects from the Office of the Government Innovation Officer (OGIO) seek to deploy COTS (commercial off-the-shelf) and SaaS (software as a service) software solutions to address identified needs within the Commonwealth. Because OGIO is subject to Massachusetts procurement laws, regulations, and policies for …Continue Reading Attention Software Publishers: 3 Steps to Doing Business with the Innovation Office!
Businesses interact with the Commonwealth every single day on a variety of matters – from accessing resources to understanding obligations and regulations. In dialoguing with business owners, we found that some business owners knew exactly which persons and programs to contact within the state, easily …Continue Reading One-Stop Business Portal Launches