Challenge.gov tops 200 competitions in two years

If government work weren’t challenging enough with the upcoming elections, continuing resolutions instead of federal budgets and the threat of sequestration in January, federal agencies just reached a milestone of sorts by having launched more than 200 IT challenge and prize competitions, according to DigitalGov’s Challenge.gov.

In addition, more than 16,000 citizen “solvers” have taken part in the Challenge.gov competitions since the platform was launched Sept. 7, 2010.

Current G2G challenges include the National Security Agency’s call to designers to create a breakthrough visualization of network activity in an easy-to-interpret, comprehensive display. It’s the 201st federal competition on Challenge.gov.

In another example, the Million Hearts initiative led by the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is seeking new apps that encourage blood pressure and cholesterol testing and lifestyle changes for those at risk of heart attacks and strokes.

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