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Challenge and Competition Service Providers

I’m sure many of you have heard the expression “there’s an app for that.” Well, now you can say “there’s a schedule for that” as you plan challenge and prize competitions with your colleagues.

In 2010, GSA was asked to build Challenge.gov and set up a schedule (a list of pre-negotiated contracts) that can help federal agencies run effective challenge and prize competitions.

We answered the call with Schedule 541 4G.

These contractors can work with you to design your challenge and present it on the Web or on their solver-specific platforms. Many of them have experience with communication strategy, allowing you to reach a large and varied audience or a specialized community. As this image suggests, Schedule 541 4G solution providers can also help you define and figure out how to solve your agency’s problem.

Government pricing from each vendor is available on GSA.gov. We’ve compiled a list of links below that will take you to work samples and client lists. Check out what they can do, and who they’ve done it for:

Alexander and Tom

Capital Consulting Corporation

ChallengePost

Context Partners

Health 2.0

InnoCentive

Luminary Labs

MetroStar Systems

Phase One Consulting Group

Qorvis Communications

Rock Creek Strategic Marketing

Sensis Agency

The Sutter Group

TopCoder

Vanguard Communications

Winning Strategies Public Relations

There are a number of other crowdsourcing competition platforms that are not on the GSA schedule and you will find that agencies have hired those companies, too. We do not endorse any particular company, process or platform and all contracting schedule questions should be directed to GSA’s Federal Acquisition Service.

The federal challenge and prize community of practice is a great place to meet other agency staff who have run competitions and to exchange information. Email challenges@listserv.gsa.gov with your questions. If you want to subscribe, put “subscribe” in the subject line of the email.

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