Harvard University has given the U.S. General Services Administration’s Challenge.gov website the 2013 Innovations in American Government Award for leveraging crowdsourcing technology and collaboration between the government and the public.
The Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard’s John F. Kennedy School of Government selected the website out of more than 600 nominees, the center announced Thursday.
“Challenge.gov demonstrates the power of collaborative problem-solving in the public sector,” said Stephen Goldsmith, director of the awards program.
Challenge.gov launched in July 2010 as a platform for the public to post their ideas or solutions for various social problems through competitions or challenges.
Fifty-nine federal agencies have since sourced offerings from the site, the center noted.
The Innovations in American Government Award Program recognizes innovative government efforts to address public needs.