Challenges & Contests


Challenge and prize competitions are one tool that federal agencies can use to drive innovation and solve mission-centric problems—whether technical, scientific, or creative. More than 290 challenges have been run in federal government since 2010. Incentive competitions have been around for centuries, including the 1927 Orteig Prize, which led to Charles Lindbergh's famous transatlantic flight and advances in aerospace.

There are a myriad ways to prepare, manage, and measure results for your competition. Throughout these pages, you'll find policies, on-demand training, tips, resources, examples, and lists of technical platforms (along with vendors that are on GSA's General Schedule) to support you in launching and hosting a successful crowdsourcing or prize competition.


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