Contests, Competitons and Prizes
Posted by Allison Fine on May 3, 2010
I attended a symposium last Friday hosted by the Case Foundation and the White House on promoting public innovation through prizes and contests. The Case Foundation blogged about the purpose of the event prior to it here.
If anyone had told me two years ago that two hundred people in DC, mainly from federal agencies, would get together to talk about using social media for innovation through prizes and contests I would not have believed it. And yet, there we were – at HUD no less!
A few takeaways for me were the array of agencies interested in working this way. They aren’t all able to do it because of the layers of red tape that prevent prizes from being given. But the gravitational pull outwards to openly sharing innovation and good ideas, lessons learned and processes for innovation is happening. It’s spearheaded by amazing people like Vivek Kundra and Beth Noveck who are working from the inside of government outwards.
I was also struck by the amazing array of contests taking place right now funded by federal agencies and foundations. Of course, I’m well aware of the high profile contests like America’s Giving Challenge sponsored by the Case Foundation, Chase Facebook Challenge, and Pepsi Refresh Project. What I didn’t realize was how may contests and challenges were being sponsored by the feds. Here is a report that provides an overview of the types of prizes and contests offered.
We’re living in interesting times!
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