Connecting Grassroots to Government for Disaster Management: A Policy Roundtable

Keynote Discussion: Connecting Grassroots to Government through Open Innovation

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Keynote Discussion: Friday, September 14th, 1:00pm – 1:55 pm EDT

Federal procurement rules are often oriented to controlling fair competition between entities that are unlikely to collaborate. Open innovation often takes the opposite approach: aggregating multiple tools into ecosystems that can solve complex problems through collaboration of organizations across specializations. When should agencies use competition or collaboration? What are the best methods and models for organizing collective work? From the perspective of leaders in government, what are the main challenges that need to be overcome if open innovation is to take a wider role in federal problem solving? This panel will assemble key players in the federal technology space and ask how to work towards open innovation for disaster response.

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