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My Cup of IT: Be the Change…

By Steve O’Keeffe http://bit.ly/lS7Q8c

Strategery be damned. Tired of big think? How do we make government better today?

The answer – cut waste and put new ideas into practice. And, the Merit Awards submission box is buzzing – hundreds of ideas already. We will announce the winner of the $50,000 prize at Innovation Nation on August 23. The contest is open to anybody – including Feds. Don’t be intimidated by the tech geeks. Remember, often the best ideas are the “Post It Notes” – Keep It Simple Stupid (KISS). Replace face-to-face with video meetings. Mobile apps replace call centers. Smart cars that issue speeding tickets – wince.

The awards program itself shows real change – never before has an administration partnered with industry to judge a contest to improve government. The prize money won’t come out of tax payers’ pockets – but the savings will go in. Impressive panel of judges – excepting yours truly:

  • Vivek Kundra, Federal Chief Information Officer
  • Congressman Gerry Connolly (D-Va.)
  • Vint Cerf, Google
  • Tom Soderstrom, IT Chief Technology Officer, NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory
  • Honorable Thomas M. Davis III
  • Honorable Mark Forman, First Administrator for E-Government and IT, U.S. Office of Management and Budget

So, don’t delay – submit your idea(s). And tell your friends – more ideas are better. The submission box is open through August 1. Here’s your chance to accelerate the pace of change – and make a difference for America. We’ll announce the winner at Innovation Nation – go ahead and register today. Oh, and somebody’ll win the $50,000 prize. As Mahatma Gandhi used to say – why shouldn’t it be you?

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