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What are challenges and why is the Federal government offering prizes?

What are challenges and why is the Federal government offering prizes?

Challenges enable the Federal government to tap into the expertise and creativity of the public in new ways. Under the Administrations’ directive calling for innovative ways to generate ideas and collaboration,  challenges are policy tools that can foster participation in government activities through the process of co-creation. As an inducement of participation, challenges may offer a variety of “prizes”, including cash, recognition, or the deployment of a winning solution.