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Check it Out: Prizes and Challenges Conference Friday

Tomorrow, we are co-hosting a very cool conference on how prizes and challenges can spur innovation in government, with public innovators from dozens of federal agencies and a number of private and philanthropic experts. Check out this post to see how you can participate.

Our Office will be co-hosting a conference tomorrow on the use of Prizes and Challenges in spurring innovation in government with the Office of Science and Technology Policy (OSTP) and the Case Foundation. Check out the agenda and find out more about how you can participate and stay involved in the discussion at the Case Foundation’s website.

As part of the conference, Sonal will be moderating a discussion called “Challenges & Prizes: Early Public Sector Innovators” with representatives from NASA, the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), the Office of Management and Budget (OMB), and the Joyce Foundation.

She’ll also be participating in what’s called CaseSoup, an interactive Q&A session where you can engage with Sonal live from 1:00-1:30 PM, in addition to other expert discussions on prizes and challenges throughout the day.  If you have a question, you can tweet it using the hashtag #opengov, e-mail it to, or ask it using the live chat function during the session.

Sonal will be doing the CaseSoup session with Jonathan Bays of McKinsey, who co-authored And the Winner is…: Capturing the Promise of Philanthropic Prizes, an excellent report on how to think through when to use prizes and what types to use that has been very helpful in our thinking.

Charlie Anderson is a Policy Assistant in the Office of Social Innovation and Civic Participation.