- Harvard Catalyst ran a contest last year, inviting Harvard and external community members to come up with their own answers to the question “what do we not know about Type 1 Diabetes?” They got over 190 responses. A panel of experts culled the list down to a dozen top award-winning ideas, and seven new projects have been funded to investigate these questions. Top ideas came from faculty, students, staff, and a patient.
- The White House developed the SAVE Award, a national contest for federal government employees to suggest ways to make government processes cheaper and easier. The 2009 contest drew 38,000 entries, while the 2010 contest drew 18,000 entries, plus 160,000 votes. Winning ideas include not throwing away bulk medication at the VA, online scheduling at Social Security offices, and ending the mailing of print copies of the Federal Register. Check out the huge range of submitted ideas.
- UCSF is running Bright Ideas, a campus-wide suggestion box. The campus community can share and vote on ideas. Previously-implemented Bright Ideas included a system to share unused office furniture and supplies, and the installation of audio signals for the visually impaired at Parnassus crosswalks.
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