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Join the Open Innovation Community 

The Open Innovation community welcomes the participation of anyone interested in Open Innovation efforts like Crowdsourcing, Citizen Science, Civic Hacking, and Challenge & Prize Competitions.

USGS Open Innovation Teams Site (Code: mom37z3) - Only accessible to USGS and other DOI Bureaus

Join Open Innovation Community Listserv:

Open Innovation Listserv Email:

Point of Contact: Sophia Liu and

Upcoming Open Innovation Meeting

Wednesday, February 26, 2020 at 1:00 - 2:00 PM Eastern

Join Zoom Meeting:

1:00 - 1:05    Introduction and Announcements

Sophia B Liu is the lead coordinator for the CDI Open Innovation Community, an Innovation Specialist at the Science and Decisions Center, and the USGS Crowdsourcing and Citizen Science Coordinator. Sophia will provide an introduction to the Open Innovation Community and announcements on other related events and resources.

1:05 - 1:20    Why Open Innovation Matters

Sophia will provide an overview of what is open innovation and why it matters. This presentation is intended to provide brief examples of how open innovation (crowdsourcing, citizen science, prize competitions, etc.) already exists at USGS as well as how we contribute to and use crowdsourced data personally and professionally everyday.

1:20 - 1:40    Using Open Innovation to Engage Youth and Underserved Communities in the Pacific Islands

Sheree Watson is an American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) Science and Technology Policy Fellow working with the Youth and Education in Science (YES) program in the Office of Science Quality and Integrity (OSQI). Sheree’s experience spans a range of disciplines in aquatic biogeochemistry, as well as an educator in both formal (K-12), and informal STEM education. Sheree will talk about three open innovation USGS projects she is currently developing aimed at youth and underserved communities in the Pacific Islands:

  1. Using Raspberry Shake for educational outreach and seismic signal monitoring with the Hawaiian Volcano Observatory (HVO),
  2. Developing a mobile app to engage communities in the restoration of the keystone and culturally important Hawaiian tree (‘Ōhi’a) with the Pacific Island Ecosystems Research Center (PIERC), and
  3. Developing a mobile app to engage affiliated Pacific Island community members in sea-level rise research with the Pacific Island Climate Adaptation Center (PICASC).

1:40 - 2:00    Participating in the USGS Open Innovation Strategy

Sophia B Liu is leading the USGS Open Innovation Strategy and will discuss how you can participate in this strategy, the collaboration platforms and tools that will be used, and the types of presentations and working group meetings that will be proposed. This is intended to be an interactive discussion to gather suggestions and questions using a Mentimeter poll.

Zoom Meeting Information  (Host Zoom Info)

Join Zoom Meeting:

Mobile Call (No Code Required): +16468769923,,461778105#

Call-In Number: 646-876-9923   |   Meeting ID: 461 778 105    |     Find your local number:

Past Open Innovation / Citizen-Centered Innovation Meetings

Open Innovation Community

Open Innovation: Open Innovation is an umbrella term that refers to participatory methods and techniques for obtaining ideas, expertise, and resources from the public, organizations, and experts in an open way.

Citizen Science: The public participates voluntarily in the scientific process, addressing real-world problems in ways that may include formulating research questions, conducting scientific experiments, collecting and analyzing data, interpreting results, making new discoveries, developing technologies and applications, and solving complex problems.

Crowdsourcing: An open call for voluntary assistance from a large group of individuals for gathering ideas, observations, or services. Many crowdsourced efforts use rigorous procedures to ensure data quality, such as checking for agreement from multiple volunteers or developing verification protocols.

Challenges & Prize Competitions: An approach to federal contracting that promotes innovation by offering a monetary or non-monetary reward upon completing a specific objective or task. Prize competitions are a proven way to increase innovation for the public, private, and philanthropic sectors. Incentivized, open competition is a standard tool in many agencies’ toolboxes for delivering more cost-effective and efficient services, and advancing agencies’ core missions.

Civic Hacking: A creative and collaborative approach to problem solving. Hackathons are gatherings that encourage meaningful engagement between technology developers, designers, data scientists, subject matter experts, civil society, and other relevant stakeholders, making them great places to understand our users, build volunteer community and capacity, as well as recruit new talent. The goal is to produce quick and creative solutions, learn new tools and skills, and meet new people.

The purpose of Open Innovation Community is to:

  • Promote an understanding of the role and potential benefits of open innovation efforts (crowdsourcing, citizen science, civic hacking, challenges & prize competitions) for USGS as well as across the DOI bureaus and offices;
  • Facilitate and enhance connections between the USGS and the larger federal and public Citizen Science and Open Innovation communities;
  • Provide access to information and tools to support the proper, effective, and creative use of these open innovation efforts within the USGS and across DOI bureaus;
  • Engage the public to foster and improve the public's scientific literacy and use of USGS and DOI products and services.

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