Welcome  April, 2018
Welcome to the inaugural edition of InnOvation, bringing you news about innovations to improve services and operations in the public sector, sponsored by the American Council for Technology and Industry Advisory Council Institute for Innovation. The Institute’s mission is “to provide an objective and non-partisan forum for strategic thought leadership to advance government missions through the innovative application and management of information technology”. We hope this newsletter will help promote that mission. Each newsletter will feature stories, upcoming events, and opportunities for you to engage with a growing community of innovators. Learn more about ACT-IAC here and the Institute for Innovation here.
Innovation Highlights

Igniting Innovation 2018 Conference and Awards - free to government and academia!
On May 11th, talk with 40 competitively selected innovators who improved services to citizens and government operations. Now a full scale conference, this year's event at the Renaissance Washington DC Hotel, will be bigger and better than ever featuring keynotes by senior government officials, “Lightning Talks” by experienced innovators, and an interactive human-centered design session. Don’t miss this great opportunity to see what’s happening on the cutting edge of innovation and take what you learn back to your own organization. Registration is free for government and academic members of ACT-IAC. Learn More

Featured Government Innovator
The Federal Trade Commission’s IdentityTheft.Gov
Having your identity stolen is headache enough. But after the shock of discovering someone has gotten a tax refund using your Social Security number or opened credit cards in your name and ordered champagne at the Ritz, the real frustration begins: wading through reports and records that need to be untangled to reclaim your identity.

Nat Wood and his team at the Federal Trade Commission earned an Igniting Innovation award in 2016 for the creation of IdentityTheft.gov, a one-stop online resource for anyone who has been a victim of identity theft. Read more

Connecting Innovators
Have you ever wanted to connect, learn, and share innovation challenges, insights, and successes with kindred spirits? We have some tools that can help. ACT-IAC’s Institute for Innovation established a LinkedIn Showcase (bit.ly/Ins4Innov), a Government Innovators LinkedIn Group (bit.ly/GovInnovators), and a Twitter community #GovInnovators open to government and industry where you can engage in online dialogue and collaboration.

ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation Launches Government Innovation Inventory
In an effort to improve government innovation awareness, education, collaboration, and public value; the ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation compiled an inventory of “innovation pockets” within the U.S. federal government.  The purpose of the inventory is to highlight the great, innovative work that today’s public servants are doing for our country.  Read More.

Hot Tech Topics – Getting Acquainted
This is the first of a series of articles the ACT-IAC Institute for Innovation has launched to explore emerging technologies and techniques relevant to government. In this edition, we select a framework for assessing emerging technologies over multiple time horizons. In the next edition, we will explore serverless computing. Read More.

To Blockchain Or Not To Blockchain: It's A Valid Question
Chris Hayley and Dr. Michael "Whit" Whitaker
Another day, another article extolling blockchain’s untapped potential. Read the Forbes article co-authored by Institute for Innovation member Whit Whitaker describing blockchain’s potential value for the public sector. Not bad for an idea that’s only eight years old. Read More.

ACT-IAC - A Hub for Government Innovation Opportunities to Engage
Innovation is a priority for ACT-IAC and its Institute for Innovation provides a focal point to help infuse this theme in every major program. The Institute leverages ACT-IAC’s considerable capabilities to connect innovators and provide tools and opportunities to accelerate learning and adoption.  Read More.

Featured Innovation Programs and Web Sites

The Lab at OPM https://lab.opm.gov/

Small Business Administration (SBA) Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) https://www.sbir.gov/

USAID Global Development Lab https://www.usaid.gov/GlobalDevLab

Additional innovation programs and web sites you may be interested in: https://www.actiac.org/institute-for-innovation/innovation-links

Health Innovation Day
Thursday, April 19, 2018
Grand Hyatt Washington Hotel

Summit on Government Performance and Innovation 2018
Tuesday, May 1 - Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Los Angeles California

Igniting Innovation 2018 Conference and Awards
Friday, May 11, 2018
Renaissance, Washington, DC Hotel


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