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Top 30 Finalists for Igniting Innovation 2014


Top 30 Finalists for Igniting Innovation 2014

Congratulations to the following companies and agencies selected from a field of 83 nominations to participate in the Igniting Innovation Showcase and Award event on February 6th at the Ronald Reagan Building.  Additional information about each innovation below will be posted to this website prior to the event. Please check for updates!

From this group of 30 finalists, an overall Igniting Innovation winner will be selected and 5 additional winners will be named in the areas of:  high risk/high reward, 3 Rs (reduce, recycle, reuse), incubator, greatest citizen impact, and most disruptive.  The overall winner will be selected using social media voting during the event.

  • Booz Allen Hamilton:  Open Source Health Intelligence, Social Media Analytics to Detect and Characterize Foodborne Illness
    Open Source Health Intelligence (OSHINT) is a social media analytics tool that uses Natural Language Processing (NLP) and text algorithms to mine Twitter and other social media. OSHINT allows for the automated extraction of public health data (number of sick, hospitalized, and dead) related to foodborne illness events. OSHINT is important because it allows real-time identification of “sick” cases since traditional sources (laboratory data) can be delayed up to four weeks.  Social media presents a low-cost, publicly available, real-time source of data that can be leveraged to assist in detecting, monitoring, and responding to public health events.
  • Booz Allen Hamilton: Polaris - Next Generation Cost-Schedule Risk Analysis
    Polaris is a revolutionary simulation tool for integrated cost and schedule risk analysis.  The software provides unmatched integration of Program Management data (cost, schedule, and risk), as well as next-generation simulation runtimes (30-1000x faster than current tools) for real-time analysis of even the most complex US Government programs.  The software was developed by Booz Allen Hamilton and originally used with NASA space program assessments, but it has quickly spread to aiding over 40+ programs across government. 
  • Booz Allen Hamilton:  State-of-the-Art Intelligent Modeling
    State of the art Intelligent Agent Model is a 21st Century simulation techniques to understand how behavior impacts program costs.  The agent based model can be used in any settings or problems where initiatives require behavior change and the outputs are uncertain. For example, it would be possible to use this approach to explore how individual government staff would respond to new work rules, new IT systems, or new processes.
  • Creative Information Technology Inc.: Patient Buddy
    Medicare spends $17.5B annually for 1 in 6 patients to be re-admitted to the hospital for the same illness within 30-days! Patient Buddy addresses the root causes of hospital readmissions by combining powerful communications, patient adherence monitoring, and data analytics to keep case managers and care coordinators connected to their patients. The result is improved transitions of care, better decision making and lower hospital readmission rates. Through integration with hospital systems/EHRs, Patient Buddy provides quick access to patient information, discharge instructions, medication information and treatment plans presented in a sophisticated dashboard format. Patient Buddy saves time and helps the case manager better manage their discharged patients. 
  • Creative Information Technology Inc.: manageID
    manageID® is a turn-key identity management and credentialing product that is built from the ground-up for speed, flexibility, and efficiency. It is a one-stop solution with the ability to manage the entire lifecycle of any credential, with the back-end capability of administering benefits and privileges to the credential holder. It is designed to create solutions for civil IDs, licensing permits, automated border management, and much more with tightly integrated biometric support.  Its extensible and scalable architecture and patent-pending synchronization technology enable manageID to meet the needs of any size organization, from local or regional to national or international deployments.
  • Customs and Border Protection, Office of Information and Technology, BEMSD and Dev Technology Group:  Department of Homeland Security Customs and Border Protection Iris Pilot
    CBP and Dev Technology Group led the effort to create the Iris Pilot, working closely with US-VISIT, DOD, and FBI. The Iris Pilot uses the combination of iris, fingerprints, and high-quality photographs to identify subjects during the Border Patrol enforcement process by matching against the US-VISIT database. This is the first multi-modal biometrics system in place at DHS, and one of the only of its kind in government. This solution increases the accuracy of biometric identification while also adding to the iris database and has the potential to be leveraged by multiple agencies for matching and identification.
  • Defense Manpower Center:  The Identity Management Enterprise Services Architecture
    The Department of Defense (DoD) Identity Management Enterprise Services Architecture (IMESA) Pilot Program brings capabilities never before available to the physical security front lines.  This innovative architecture continuously vets the identities of those with federal and local DoD installation credentials against security and law enforcement data sources to identify criminal, terrorist, or other security threats.  IMESA alerts installations so potential threats may be identified and adjudicated, providing interoperability for physical security.  This is an innovative solution to a long-term problem highlighted by the incidents at the Washington Navy Yard and Fort Hood.
  • Department of Veterans Affairs and Agilex Technologies, Inc.:  Department of Veterans Affairs Mobile Health Family Caregiver Pilot for Clinic in a Hand
    The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) and Agilex partnered to improve the health of Veterans by leveraging mobile technology - with a focus on data mobility. The Apps aim to empower Veterans and Caregivers to be active participants in their health care. In 2013, VA loaned iPads to nearly 1,000 Caregivers of seriously injured Post-9/11 Veterans. The iPads feature a suite of Apps that allow Veterans and Caregivers to securely access, track and share personal health information with their VA care teams. VA will release HTML versions of these Apps to the larger Veteran and Caregiver populations in 2014.
  • eKuber Ventures Inc.: General Services Administration, Office of the Chief Information Officer Website and Application Development
    The project is an embodiment of spirit of Innovation at GSA where eKuber assisted GSA OCIO with developing and executing a framework of levers related to culture, technologies and processes that supported the GSA OCIO in pioneering the drive to Open Standards, Cloud, Mobile and Agile and leading the way to making an impact by slashing the time to deliver services, improve utilization of resources, inculcate transparency, accountability and collaboration while substantially reducing costs. With requests from other agencies to share the framework and best practices, the impact of GSA's leadership is being recognized across the federal government.
  • Environmental Protection Agency and INDUS Corporation: How’s My Waterway?
    How’s My Waterway is a responsive web design based application that allows users to find information on the condition of their local waters using a smart phone, tablet, or desktop computer.  The application presents EPA’s national water quality information in an instantly local and understandable format for public use by translating science-based information for non-scientists.  Users view information about waterways using a color-coded list and map displays.  Application information includes waterway-specific pollutant condition status, pollutant descriptions, and clean-up plans.  The application uses innovative technologies that take advantage of device capabilities such as touch interaction and GPS.
  • Federal Acquisition Institute:  Federal Acquisition Institute Training Application System Certification Management and Continuous Learning Modules
    The Certification Management and Continuous Learning Modules make FAITAS the avenue for all civilian Acquisition Workforce members to apply for and maintain Acquisition certifications and manage their career development from anywhere in the world. FAITAS eliminated the need for numerous isolated and duplicative registration and certification tracking systems across government, resulting in Government-wide savings that are too expansive to calculate. These modules also strengthen FAITAS as a Government-wide workforce management system, which empowers agencies to better manage their Acquisition Workforce and make informed, data-driven decisions. FAITAS currently has over 148,000 registered users across all Federal agencies.
  • Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), Federal Insurance and Mitigation Administration: Cost-Effectiveness Analysis of Acquisitions and Elevations in the 100-year Floodplain
    By leveraging partnership and technical expertise within FEMA components, including grants management, data warehousing and geospatial analysis, this project streamlined the delivery of FEMA’s Hazard Mitigation Assistance (HMA) programs.  The spatial analysis of over 11,000 historic acquisition and elevation projects resulted in a nationwide memorandum that will allow state, local, tribal and territorial governments to more easily apply for FEMA mitigation grants to reduce and eliminate the long-term effects of flooding in the 100-year floodplain.  This project is an ideal example of how technology, innovation and internal resources, can be leveraged to improve efficiency of federal programs.

  • Federal Emergency Management Agency:  Integrated Public Alert and Warning System
    The IPAWS Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system is a major advancement in public alert and warning technology which has been credited for saving lives and aiding the recovery of abducted children. WEAs are short emergency messages using cell broadcast technology as the delivery service which avoids cellular network congestion during an emergency. WEA is already built into most modern cell phones and uses a unique ring tone and vibration designed to alert people of impending danger.  WEA messages may be sent by federal, state, territorial, tribal, and local public safety officials. 
  • General Services Administration:  GSA Connect Cloud Agile Application Platform
    "GSA’s Office of the CIO launched the “GSAConnect” initiative aimed at saving taxpayer money, gaining operational efficiencies, and fostering innovation.
    This initiative encompassed:
    1. Implementation of an agency-wide cloud based social platform
    2. Retiring or migrating thousands of applications to a cloud based platform;
    3. Implementing agile software development to save money and time
    4. Improvement in customer engagement and service.
    Today, this platform has 10,000+ engaged users and 1,000 communities of interest, leading to over $5M in savings through ideation and collaboration. GSA has reduced the five-year total cost of ownership per app by 90%+, time-to-value by 75%, standardized and automated dozens of processes and retired hundreds of servers.
  • Headquarters Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 Force Management, Pentagon:  Department of the Army Force Management Enterprise, Enterprise Management Decision Support, Pentagon
    The HQDA Deputy Chief of Staff G-3/5/7 DAMO-FME Enterprise Management Decision Support (EMDS) system is a data-driven, business intelligence IT system operated on the classified network.  EMDS provides users with the ability to analyze disparate, holistic data from a single automated common-access-point for critical current, historic, and predictive readiness and resourcing information retrieved from multiple data owners and presented via visual dashboards to provide an actionable, time saving picture of the Army’s generating and operating forces for informed decision making; thus eliminating manual data calls.
  • Irving Burton Associates, Inc. /Vision Center of Excellence:  Defense and Veterans Eye Injury and Vision Registry
    The Defense and Veterans Eye Injury and Vision Registry (DVEIVR) is the first registry to provide a central repository for longitudinal ocular data on soldiers wounded while serving on active duty. The data collected includes diagnosis, surgical intervention, operative procedures and related treatments, forming a complete picture of the treatments and surgical procedures implemented by all medical providers, as well as short and long term outcomes. Clinical care practitioners and researchers now have a tool that gives them the information needed to develop reports and treatment strategies that will enhance and improve patient care and outcomes over a patient’s lifetime. 
  • JVG Management:  Badge Buddy
    Badge Buddy is a mobile application designed for emergency responders.  It was created by a former 911 dispatcher who recognized field users were lacking key resources on the street.  Badge Buddy improves productivity and efficiency and relieves dispatchers of unnecessary stress and workload by providing responders with direct access to the information needed.  Badge Buddy was designed to include contact information for every emergency services agency nationwide.  Compiling the data into one easy to use mobile app makes Badge Buddy an invaluable resource not only to every day local users but to outside responders during disasters. 
  • YouNoodle
    YouNoodle helps governments and other organizations grow sustainable entrepreneurship ecosystems through the power of awards and competitions.  The company provides an end-to-end platform for the creation, management, recruiting, and judging of startup competitions worldwide and connects entrepreneurs with advisors and investors via three main products: YouNoodle Reach, YouNoodle Judge, and YouNoodle Vote. Having reached 50,000 global startups and facilitated more than 400 international competitions across 100 countries and numerous government organizations, YouNoodle has become a resource for equalizing entrepreneurial opportunity, expanding access to investors and partners, and creating engagement within the startup ecosystem.
  • Lockheed Martin:  Federal Gamification – Carbon Footprint Game
    Federal Gamification is the process of taking game mechanisms and tactics we find in games and applying them to Federal agency missions. Our solution utilizes gamification tactics to help the Department of Energy, Utilities and energy consumers lower energy consumption and contribute to the development a sustainable energy model. One key differentiator are the analytics captured as players engage the game, that can then be used by Federal agencies and utilities to accelerate targeted business models for tomorrow’s energy solutions. Our solution supports the innovation initiatives of the Federal Games Guild, whose objectives are to develop innovative games like ours that directly support and drive Government mission capability.
  • Mobilegov:  Computer Assisted Personal Interview, United States Department of Agriculture National Agricultural Statistics Service
    National Agricultural Statistics Service (NASS) implemented the Computer Assisted Personal Interview (CAPI) Operational Efficiency to address the Presidential initiative to streamline business processes and implement cost saving measures. NASS developed and deployed a revolutionary “in-house” solution that leverages private cloud technology, broadband transmission, and was the first Federal agency to put Apple iPads into production for data entry. No data is stored on the hard drive uniquely addressing security concerns.  This award winning program has been recognized nationally and internationally as a revolutionary improvement in data collection processes and catapulted NASS to the forefront as a pioneer in mobile technology.
  • REI Systems:  Checkbook NYC 2.0
    Checkbook NYC is an online financial transparency website that provides up-to-date information about New York City's revenues, expenditures, contracts, payroll, and budget. The website provides unprecedented access to the City’s financial data, enabling citizens to track how NYC’s government spends its $73 billion annual budget. Built on the Drupal open source content management platform, Checkbook NYC's data warehouse is updated daily, contains over 60 million financial transactions, and is growing at a rate of nearly two million transactions per month. A comprehensive national study, conducted by the U.S. Public Interest Research Group, ranked Checkbook NYC as one of the top transparency websites in the country.
  • The MITRE Corporation:  RESTFUL Health Exchange – Harnessing the Power of the World Wide Web to Securely Share Health Information
    RESTful Health Exchange (RHEx) is an open source project that applies Web technologies to demonstrate simple, secure, standards-based health information exchange. Originally sponsored by the ONC Federal Health Architecture (FHA) program and developed by MITRE, RHEx harnesses the power and scalability of the Web to share health information securely, allowing providers to access health information via Web links with the click of a mouse, keeping the information private and available only to patient and authorized provider. This initiative builds the foundation for patient access to data and removes barriers to broad electronic health data exchange.
  • The MITRE Corporation:  MITREid Connect
    Interacting with multiple online organizations typically means having to manage different sets of credentials across the organizations’ systems. Applying open Internet standards—including OpenID Connect and OAuth—MITRE created MITREid Connect to let you use one set of credentials to securely access many Internet services. MITREid Connect is an enterprise-ready reference implementation of the OpenID Connect specification.  MITRE researchers collaborated with other experts in the open source community to develop this inexpensive, easily deployable solution on a common enterprise platform that can scale to support a large organization. 
  • The MITRE Corporation:  Cost FACTS (Factors, Analogies, CERs & Tools/Studies)
    Government, business, and academia rely on cost estimation professionals to deliver accurate, reliable, and defensible cost estimates quickly. The “FACTS” behind one estimate may have applicability across many agencies, enterprises, and much of the information can be shared. However, this information is scattered across the Internet, among organization websites, individual hard drives, and e-mail accounts. A team at MITRE recognized that a central, open repository for sharing cost ”FACTS”  would mitigate many of these cost estimating challenges, facilitate dialogue across the public and private cost community by harnessing the power of social media, and make the cost estimation process and information more efficient, effective, robust and reliable.
  • The MITRE Corporation: GeoQ
    When a powerful tornado tore through Oklahoma in 2013, first responders reached the hardest-hit areas more quickly with help from a computer application MITRE developed for the National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA). The app, called GeoQ, allows analysts to compare real-time images with existing satellite images that support the agency’s geospatial intelligence gathering efforts. The analysts then share the images with emergency management officials.  Officials used GeoQ to compare existing satellite imagery with images captured from helicopters. By matching maps and landmarks from both sources, the emergency teams could see the extent of damage and determine the fastest way to get help to those who needed it.  
  • The MITRE Corporation:  Full Motion Video Optical Navigation Targeting
    Determining the precise location of a ground object from an unmanned aircraft’s video requires expert analysis to compare still images from the FMV (full motion video) with reference imagery. Analysts must select multiple corresponding points to match the images with the location. This not only takes time, but users may lack access to the required reference imagery, making it harder to take immediate action.  The MITRE team developed a novel approach to improve targeting from military unmanned aircraft systems (UAS). Instead of employing the time-consuming and error-prone process of matching targets to reference imagery, MITRE produced laptop-based software that exploits the motion of the UAS sensor to generate precision target coordinates, without needing reference imagery.
  • Unisys Corporation:  Internal Revenue Service – Enterprise Storage as a Service
    The IRS deployed a first-of–its-kind, on-premise storage cloud that aligned costs directly to storage consumption while meeting all IRS requirements, which significantly reduced IRS storage costs, avoiding more than $27 million in new storage procurements in 2013 alone.  Using an innovative and game-changing business model, the agency transferred its storage assets to Unisys, which manages data storage in IRS facilities under a private cloud-based, storage-as-a-service model – allowing the IRS to pay for only the storage actually consumed. Unisys’ QuickTier storage technology allows the IRS to efficiently prioritize data storage based on mission requirements rather than the technology. 
  • U.S. Census Bureau:  America’s Economy Mobile Application
    America’s Economy gives economists, policy makers and everyone easy mobile access to twenty key indicators about the health of the U.S. economy. The app combines statistics from the Census Bureau, Bureau of Economic Analysis and Bureau of Labor Statistics to provide a snapshot of our nation’s economy. This inter-agency collaboration delivers a customer-centric product for anywhere, anytime access to key measures on employment, manufacturing, international trade, residential construction, retail sales, and more. It allows those who follow the U.S. economy to be the first to see how the indicator has changed since the previous report, and trends over time.
  • U.S. Department of the Interior:  eMail Enterprise Records and Document
    The Department is the first cabinet level agency to implement an enterprise solution that manages the entire lifecycle of records in the cloud.  eMail Enterprise Records and Document Management System (eERDMS) is a new digital platform at the Department that captures and auto-classifies records and documents. It has the capability of managing email, desktop and shared drive files, mobile electronic files, migrating documents management systems, and business applications. eERDMS offers a modern and comprehensive way to manage the Department’s records life-cycle. eERDMS is a key part of the Department’s broader strategy of moving to the cloud.
  • U.S. Department of Commerce and Small Business Administration:  BusinessUSA
    A Presidential initiative, BusinessUSA provides businesses, exporters and entrepreneurs with a single multi-channel access point to up-to-date business-related information, programs, tools and services created  to assist in the growth and development of U.S. businesses. In partnership and collaboration with 24 federal departments, BusinessUSA provides thousands of federal, state and local resources making it easier for entrepreneurs and exporters to locate, access, and utilize the enterprise assistance resources most relevant to their business needs. is the only website of its type designed specifically for U.S. businesses and exporters providing access to an unprecedented range of federal government programs and services.


Selected But Unable to Present

  • Enterprise Resource Performance Inc. and Verizon:  Electronic Vendor Invoicing Program
  • Federal Bureau of Investigation:  Sentinel – The FBI’s Case Management System
    The FBI assumed responsibility from the previously contractor-led team for the management and development of the FBI’s next generation case management tool, Sentinel.  The Sentinel Agile team successfully deployed Sentinel, providing an innovative system that meets full system functionality requirements, reducing the time to electronic analytical capability, under budget, in less than two years.   The innovative Sentinel system is completely electronic, with advanced capabilities including electronic signature, workflow, advanced search, and records management capabilities. Sentinel has been fully accepted by the FBI agents, intelligence analysts, and professional staff; with over half of the FBI using Sentinel on a daily basis.  
  • NComputing: vSpace
    NComputing’s vSpace Platform creates a central computing resource that enables government users to easily access their workspace from anywhere, at any time, by offering mobility, BYOD and remote access capabilities. By providing access to a central workspace, organizations only need to manage one operating system and one set of applications instead of a set for every PC. Workspaces can be accessed from low cost, low energy consumption thin clients, or from client software used on repurposed older PCs and laptops, reducing PC refresh cycles and e-waste they create.  vSpace reduces purchasing costs, operational costs, and IT management tasks and time.

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