Every year, governments spend over $9.5 trillion through contracts with companies to provide everything from pencils and paper to building infrastructure such as bridges, schools and hospitals. Every third dollar that your government spends is on public contracts. Contracting is plagued by opacity and inefficiency and is government’s number one corruption risk. Better, smarter and fairer government contracting will have a huge impact on people’s lives.
We need your big ideas to find better ways to manage, analyse, and monitor how government buys goods & services. The Open Contracting Partnership, in collaboration with the Open Data Institute and funding from the Laura and John Arnold Foundation, invite you to participate in the Open Contracting Innovation Challenge.
We are looking for entrepreneurs, government innovators, data journalists, civic technologists, hackers, open data enthusiasts, citizen activists who understand the transformational impact on people’s lives that better public contracting can have in terms of scale and impact. We are particularly interested in ideas for projects that:
if you have a data-driven idea to improve the way governments buy goods and services in mind, gather your team and get going.
We know there are champions and innovators in governments around the world – thousands of public servants quietly working away to improve the basic functions of government, trying to modernize and update citizen services. Whilst governments are not eligible for the cash prize, winners will receive mentoring and expert support to accelerate the progress and execution of their innovation. We will also bring you to the center stage and celebrate your government innovation at Open Contracting 2017, our global meeting in November.