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Submission #22

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Submitted by Michael Howell
Fri, 06/08/2018 - 3:06pm

Igniting Innovation 2018 Celebrates Innovators!

On May 11th, over 500 people attended the Igniting Innovation 2018 Conference and Awards to see forty of the best innovations in government and industry to improve services to citizens and government operations – a significant increase over recent years. With a keynote by Matt Lira from the White House Office of American Innovation, a panel on IT Modernization Centers of Excellence, and talks by over 20 senior government officials and experienced innovators, this year’s program was bigger and better than ever.

The overall Igniting Innovation Award, determined by popular vote, went to the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA) from HHS. Their new ‘Data Analytics Platform’ provides over 1,800 grants and program officers with self-service tools to support data-informed decision-making and mitigate risks to its $9 billion grants portfolio.

Judges recognized four additional Dynamite Award Winners in the following categories:

  • Impacter – Gov2Go by NIC Federal for the greatest magnitude of innovation results and benefits
  • Game Changer – Acquisition in the Digital Age by the MITRE Corporation for a disruptive innovation that resulted in a major breakthrough on a longstanding problem
  • Transformer – Cognitive Object Detection Assistant by the IBM Corporation that uses existing technology to transform existing capabilities
  • Incubator – Unmanned Aerial System Traffic Management by NASA for the innovation with greatest potential to enhance services to citizens or government operations


“The opportunity to learn and hear from more than 40 different innovators across government and industry really stimulated my thinking. I returned to work ready to explore projects that hadn't been on my radar before," said the Igniting Innovation government co-chair Alexis Bonnell.  Igniting Innovation industry co-chair Michael Whitaker added, “From the speakers to the buzz on the exhibit floor, the Igniting Innovation event was highly energizing. The government innovation community just needed this spark for sharing knowledge and fostering new connections.”

Read more about the award winners and the finalists and view the finalists and speakers presentations.

Start thinking now about nominating your innovation this fall for Igniting Innovation 2019.

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