The Power of Crowd Based Challenges: NASA’s Practical Toolkit for Open Innovation
Steve Rader, Deputy Manager, Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), NASA, Johnson Space Center
NASA has recently put in place a number of contracts with companies that provide crowd-sourced challenges as a means to solve difficult problems and access hard to find expertise and specialty skills. NASA has been successfully using these tools on a number of projects around the agency and now has made the tools available to any/all projects at NASA. Some of these tools include:
•  Global technology surveys
•  Finding solutions to unsolved/difficult technical
•  Algorithm development/improvement
•  Software development
•  Mechanical design/CAD work/Graphics

This presentation will provide information about these tools that are available for all NASA projects along with some compelling reasons that these tools are a must for the future of space exploration.

Steve Rader currently serves as the Deputy Manager for NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI) and is one of 20 Challenge Mentors for U.S. Government Services Administration’s (GSA) Prizes and Challenges government-wide community of practice. Steve has worked with various projects and organizations to develop and/or execute over 60 different challenges and has provided consulting for NASA organizations and agencies such as DHS, NIST, and EPA. These challenges have all been executed on commercial curated communities such as NASA@work, InnoCentive, Topcoder, Yet2, NineSigma, Kaggle, Tongal, HeroX, The Common Pool, Luminary Labs, Applause, GrabCAD, and Freelancer. He speaks regularly about NASA’s work in crowd-based challenges both publically (like InnoCentive’s NASA Experiences Webinar or Crowdopolis XV-2015) and internally to the NASA workforce to promote the use of open innovation tools.