Entries in innovation contests (2)

Monday
Mar222010

Innovation contests should reward products not ideas

Following up from my recent post about the rise of contests, I’ve been thinking about what is the key differentiator between good contests and bad. My hypothesis is that the best contests produce products, not ideas. To test this theory, I think of the contests that I admire – Netflix, NASA Lunar Lander, Department of Energy L Prize – versus all the contests that I find less compelling – Awesome Foundation and to a lesser extent, Apps for Democracy – and realize that the former produced real products that were created in response to a real problem. The latter seem to be more about a call for “innovation” and to create a response to an undefined problem set simply because new tools are there to do so.

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Saturday
Mar132010

The government technology contest model continues its ascent

The White House memo, “Guidance on the Use of Challenges and Prizes to Promote Open Government” released this past week frees US government department and agencies to open up contests to the public to help confront their most challenging problems.

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