The OECD Observatory of Public Sector Innovation (OPSI) and the UAE Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) are excited to launch our fourth annual #CallforInnovations. Innovators from around the world are encouraged to submit innovative practices to fuel research on innovation trends and to inspire others to work in new and creative ways (see instructions in the box below).

This call is open to government officials, civil society organisations, and the private sector, as long as the goals are to improve government and citizen lives, and the public sector is integrally involved in the work.

“OPSI’s ‘Call for Innovations’ sparked an amazing journey that spanned over a 5 month period and across several countries resulting in amazing exposure to an international audience. The opportunity to showcase our Canadian platform at both the OPSI conference in Paris, and then finally at the World Government Summit in Dubai, has generated real global momentum and opportunities for us to bring our innovation to new governments across the world.”

Justin von Etzdorf,  winner of the 2018 Edge of Government Award (read about Justin’s experience here).

As in previous years, several of these innovations will be featured in a high-profile OECD report, and several of the teams will be invited to Dubai to present their work to the global audience at the World Government Summit and its interactive Edge of Governmentexperience. These cases benefit from:

The deadline for submissions is Sunday, 15 December 2019. Submit your innovation today! (Instructions below).

How to Submit an Innovation:

You can preview the submission questions and share them with your team using the .doc version available here. Please note that final submissions need to be done through the digital platform.

Who can submit an Innovation?

We welcome submissions from government officials, civil society organisations, and companies, as long as the goals are to improve government and citizen lives, and the public sector is integrally involved in the work.  

Extra consideration will be given to innovators who publish a short video pitch using #CallforInnovations on Twitter.

Selected innovations will be recognised at an event in Dubai

 As in previous years, a number of teams will be invited to Dubai to present their work at the World Government Summit, the largest annual gathering in the world focused on shaping the future of governments through innovation. Taking place in November 2020, the Summit features sessions with world leaders and heads of industry. For 2019, the event brought together over 4,000 government officials, thinkers, policy makers, and industry experts from over 150 countries to discuss ways to harness innovation to address the challenges and opportunities faced by the world.

As part of the Summit, our partners at the MBRCGI hold the Edge of Government experience, a series of interactive exhibits that bring innovation to life. The teams invited to Dubai will work closely with the MBRCGI team and professional designers to transform their innovative projects into interactive exhibits to be displayed at the Edge. You can read more about the experiences of one of the selected teams for the 2019 Edge experience here, and two of the 2018 teams here

One of the innovations featured at the Edge exhibit will be selected to receive the prestigious Edge of Government Award, which is fully managed by the MBRCGI and judged by their Innovation Council. The 2019 award was to Carrot Rewards by the Prime Minister of the UAE and the Secretary-General of the UAE.

Check out YouTube videos on cases surfaced through the 2019 Call for Innovations and featured in OPSI’s report and the Edge of Government.

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The OECD will feature selected innovations in a published report

The OECD OPSI will also feature several selected innovations as in-depth case studies in our annual series of reports, Embracing Innovation in Government: Global Trends. In these reports, we surface key trends in public sector innovation and illustrate how government innovators are making it happen in real-world examples. You can check out our 2017-2019 reports below to see how your innovation could be presented.  The global attention received after being featured in the report has helped many innovators in building additional support for their project.

2019 Report 2018 Report 2017 Report

While only a handful of innovations will make it to the report as full case studies (and many others includes as examples of best practices), others will also be recognised as international best practices in our Innovations Platform. The OPSI team will review all submitted innovations and add innovative cases to the platform to promote excellence and to help replicate innovation and inspire new thinking.

Have you worked on an innovative project we should know about? Or perhaps you know of one? Please let us know by registering and then completing our online submission form by 15 December 2019. Please direct any questions to [email protected] or @OPSIgov. We also encourage you join our newsletter to receive innovation updates.