Did you know crowdsourcing is already changing the way the government makes decisions and policies, empowering the public and taking “We the People” to a whole new level?
With the economy of the United States is going through unprecedented transformations that open up opportunities for entrepreneurs, the White House has issued the Startup America Policy Challenge.
The Startup America Policy Challenge has asked the crowd for fresh ideas on how innovation should affect healthcare IT, learning technologies and clean energies, and those with answers were welcomed to post them online. The best ideas will be translated into “Policy Business Plans” and shared with the Cabinet of President Obama. The winners of this challenge will be announced in July.
The White House Campus Champions of Change was another challenge created by President Obama’s administration. In this challenge the White House asked students for solutions to improve their campus or local communities. Applications consisted of three essays, with additional videos or photos being strongly encouraged, that should show how the project would affect the campus or community in question. The White House selected 15 projects and the public chose the five winners.
All across America, college and university students are helping our country out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world. I hope this challenge shines a light on their efforts, and inspires Americans of all ages to get involved in their communities.
President Barack Obama on the Campus Champions of Change Challenge
The White House is also, right now, looking for new ideas about the way the country generates its energy and in order to attract the best minds, it has issued $150 million funding opportunity for new energy technologies.
The open funding is open to everyone looking for funds to finance their projects on energy technologies and could lead to major innovations on how the nation tackles the very sensitive energy problems that it has been dealing with for the last several years.
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