Overview of Innovation Month ‘Computer says yes’ event

+-*As part of Innovation Month 2015 we held an event “The Computer Says Yes: what might be the future of artificial intelligence in the public service?” We have now published the recordings of the speakers for the event on our YouTube channel, and you can also find an article from […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 24 August 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: US President Obama has signed an Executive Order to make the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program permanent. “A core element of the Presidential Innovation Fellows Program is to recruit leading entrepreneurs, innovators, developers, designers, and engineers into government for ‘tours of duty.’” The OECD […]

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Developing Innovation Awards for the APS

+-*What if someone asked you “ What was the best innovation implemented in/by the Australian Public Service in the last year?” What would you say? Maybe you’d suggest one of the examples we highlighted in our Innovation Month video or point to something you read about it in the media. […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 17 August 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: John Sheridan tackles the myth that procurement rules stop agencies from being able to pursue innovative options. “For example, in terms of innovation, if a supplier approaches an entity with an innovative proposal and the entity wishes to procure the goods/services, the CPRs […]

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Inaugural Meeting of the Innovation Champions Group

+-*When you discuss innovation in the public sector in Canberra, there’s a recurrent topic that comes up quite a lot – permission. Whether it be those who are unsure of whether something is allowed, or those who advise “Seek forgiveness, not permission”, there’s a lot of discussion around the level […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 10 August 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: VicHealth is running a citizens’ jury on obesity. “Victoria’s Citizens’ Jury on Obesity will take 100 everyday people on a ‘journey of discovery’ to think about the way we eat. After six weeks exploring and interrogating ‘evidence’ from a diverse range of perspectives, […]

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The Innovation Hub – where to from here?

+-*The Innovation Hub is entering its fourth month trailing as a cross-idea sharing platform, and what a ride it’s been! Setting aside the technical challenge of delivering a website that offers the same robust service across various departments (your internet is way different from our internet) let’s look at some […]

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Workshop: APS Design Thinking Mentor Programme

+-*Introduction On Thursday, 16 July, as part of Innovation Month 2015, a few enthusiastic participants on the Innovation Hub took part in a workshop to progress some of the more popular ideas. One of the ideas was an APS Design Thinking Mentor Programme.  Supporters and team members of the idea […]

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Weekly bits of interest – 3 August 2015

+-*Some recent developments and articles of interest: What are 8 ways to make innovation the norm in your office? UNDP Armenia share some suggestions from a recent assessment of their innovation lab. “The mantra of doing development differently can provoke rapture and existential terror in equal measure. There is a […]

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Digitising the public service – IPAA Breakfast with Paul Shetler

+-*Think big – but start small, iterate wildly and deliver quickly. That was my takeaway from hearing Paul Shetler, the new CEO of Digital Transformation Office (DTO) speak at a great IPAA Breakfast event. Paul has recently been appointed as CEO and he noted that the DTO is now officially […]

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