Government Innovation Teams in Practice: An Inside Look Into a Growing Trend


Friday, October 3, 2014, 12:00pm to 1:00pm


Ash Center Conference Room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North, Cambridge, MA

team membersAsh Center Student Speaker Series

Victoria Kabak, MPP ’15, and Jessica Huey, MPP ’15

Lunch will be provided.

About the Event
Victoria Kabak, MPP '15, and Jessica Huey, MPP'15 were 2014 Ash Center Summer Fellows deployed to NYC’s Center for Economic Opportunity (CEO) and the General Services Administration’s team, respectively. Though these programs are at different levels of government and their approaches are distinct, both are on the frontier of efforts to promote innovation in government and both have attracted significant national attention. was awarded the 2013 Innovation in Government Award by Harvard University. CEO, launched under former NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, is also a former Harvard Innovation in Government Award winner and the subject of much study. This discussion will explore the role of data in innovation, the latest trends in government crowdsourcing, a comparison between local and federal government attempts to promote and support innovation, and the challenge of creating sustainable government innovation programs that endure over time and across administrations.

About the Series
The Ash Center Student Speaker Series highlights and explores the implications and lessons learned from the research projects or applied learning experiences of Harvard University students supported by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation. Each week, we invite two students to offer brief remarks on their work, or a response to one another’s work, and then open to table for discussion. The series will take place each Friday at 12 noon in the Ash Center conference room, 124 Mount Auburn Street, Suite 200-North. Lunch will be provided.