This is a session at Innov8rs Austin, 4-5 December 2019

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The Emerging Power of Open

With the ever-increasing rate of change in technology, organizations are finding that innovation is now mandatory in order to stay relevant and competitive. However, because of the scale of the changes in technology and the way building block technologies being developed across multiple industries, simply using internal innovation methods is not helpful in finding the ideas and technologies they need most. Fortunately, open innovation methods that tap into the power of crowdsourcing and human networks are extremely good at traversing the expanse of domains and translating expertise that makes true breakthrough innovation accessible.

In this session, we will discuss proven approaches to apply open innovation methods based on over 6 years of successful implementation across NASA and the federal government.

Steve Rader

Founder of Crowd Resources Consulting

Steve started Crowd Resources Consulting in 2019 to provide non-NASA related organizations with resources for leveraging the crowd-based expertise and solutions required to stay competitive in the rapidly evolving global economy.

Steve also currently serves as the Deputy Manager of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), which is working to infuse challenge and crowdsourcing innovation approaches at NASA and across the federal government. CoECI focuses on the study and use of curated, crowdsourcing communities that utilize prize and challenge-based methods to deliver innovative solutions for NASA and the US government.

In 2015, Steve was named as one of 20 Challenge Mentors for U.S. Government Services Administration’s (GSA) Prizes and Challenges government-wide community of practice. Steve has worked with various projects and organizations to develop and execute over 100 different challenges. He speaks regularly about NASA’s work in crowd-based challenges and the future of work both publicly and internally to the NASA workforce to promote the use of open innovation tools.

Steve has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rice University and has worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for 30 years. Prior to joining CoECI, Steve worked in mission control, flight software development for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, command and control systems development for the X-38, and led the Command, Control, Communications, & Information (C3I) architecture definition for the Constellation Program