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Challenges & Prizes Community of Practice

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Thinking about crowdsourcing and incentives as innovative ways to tackle problems within your agency? Want to talk to someone who has done it? Better yet, want to talk to somebody within your own agency, or someone who has run the same type of competition you want to run?

If you answered yes to any of these questions, the Challenges and Prizes Federal Community of Practice is for you!

The Challenges & Prizes Community is ran by Kelly Olson, Tammy White, Eric Beidel and Stephanie Green in the GSA.

Join

To join, send an e-mail to team@challenge.gov with your name and agency you work for.

Who we are

Hackathons, grand challenges, data jams, map-a-thons—it’s all crowdsourcing. Our community strives to tap into the public braintrust to help government solve complex problems. We are a thriving inter-agency community of more than 740 dedicated and passionate civil servants encouraging innovation in government. Membership and participation are open to federal, tribal, state and local government.

What we do

Our go-getter members exchange ideas, review best practices, and provide a sounding board and sanity check on crowdsourcing policies and procedures. We are changing the way the government does business, advising our organizational leaders on new ways to acquire innovations—wherever they emerge—at tremendous cost avoidance and in a fraction of the usual procurement time.

Our community supports and encourages the use of incentivized competition and challenges to attract and engage the public to help us meet critical government needs for the good of community and country.

Members of the Challenges and Prizes COP gather about four times a year to share ideas, review best practices, and discuss policies and procedures. Membership and participation is open to federal, state, and local government. We host a listserv for members to ask questions, announce new challenges and prizes, voting opportunities, challenge results and impact, events, research, resources, and more.

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