NASA crowdsourcing initiative sparks more than 200 employee-driven ideas to fight coronavirus

Ask the NASA workforce to stay home and it’s not long before its engineers, developers and other scientists are looking for ways their organization can help during the coronavirus pandemic.
For this particular “[email protected]” call, Administrator Jim Bridenstine challenged the workforce to focus on providing personal protective equipment, developing new ventilation devices and using big data to monitor and track the spread of coronavirus. A team of NASA leaders reviewed the ideas and determined how the agency could scale and expand them, and more than 4,000 employees voted and commented on the submissions, Mangum said.

Senate to vote on $2 trillion coronavirus relief bill

The Labor Department of Labor said it will host a national online dialogue to provide employers and employees with an opportunity to offer their perspective as the department develops compliance assistance materials and outreach strategies related to the implementation of the Families First Coronavirus Response Act.
Anybody interested can participate online at from March 23 through March 29 or can join a Twitter chat hosted by @ePolicyWorks today at 2 p.m. using the hashtag #EPWChat.

FEMA announces forum to crowdsource best practices for COVID-19 response

The ‘Ideascale’ space is looking for ideas related to protecting vulnerable populations and managing supplies
The FEMA Continuous Improvement Program is using an online platform to crowdsource best policing, enforcement and safety practices amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Labor Agency Seeks Compliance Input on COVID-19 Programs

The Labor Department is seeking input by March 29 on how to implement a COVID-19 relief measure, the department said March 23 in an email.
Employers were encouraged to use an online portal,, to share perspectives on compliance-assistance materials for use in developing guidance, resources, tools, and outreach approaches. The information would help employers and employees understand responsibilities and rights under the Families First Coronavirus Response Act (Pub. L. 116-127), which was signed March 18 by President Donald Drumpf.

Luke AFB, ASU idea is co-winner in annual Air Force competition

Trio designed and tested low-cost, mobile threat emitter system
Airmen submit their ideas through the Ideascale website, and finalists are chosen to present their ideas to Air Force senior leaders at the Air Warfare Symposium. The finalists compete for the funding, personnel or other necessary resources to implement their ideas.

How We Launched A $750K/Month Idea Management Software

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"We’re a bootstrapped company, which means that we think of our customers as our investors. We are driven by their requests, their successes, their challenges, and their referrals. Over the course of ten years, we’ve grown our company to almost $750,000/month."

IdeaScale Acquires Betterific, Offering Comprehensive Internal and External Open Innovation Capabilities

"IdeaScale is the perfect match for Betterific. With our powers combined we will be able to help brands realize the full potential of crowdsourcing - both internally and externally," said Micha Weinblatt, founder of Betterific. "IdeaScale is now the one-stop-shop to discover your next groundbreaking idea and unearth the insights to get to market faster."
IdeaScale has acquired two other companies in their history in order to empower leaders in developing their emerging innovation programs: idea management platform, Ideavibes, (2014) and self-paced innovation learning platform, (2016).

AFMC seeks innovative ideas through IdeaScale Campaign

Innovation is the driving factor behind the Air Force Materiel Command’s ability to meet the requirements of the National Defense Strategy.
To support the drive to deliver what the Air Force needs at the speed of relevance, Airmen and civilians from across the enterprise are invited to submit innovative ideas and solutions to improve the AFMC mission through the Air Force Ideation Platform, or IdeaScale, now through September 2020.

Here’s how you can help the Air Force celebrate its 75th birthday

The winner will be announced around April 1 and will receive an all-expense-paid trip to the Air Force Association’s Air, Space & Cyber Conference in September to attend the Air Force’s 75th birthday celebration and meet the CSAF and CMSAF.
Participate in helping the US Air Force find their theme for their 75th birthday through their IdeaScale website!

Environmentally friendly treadmills save money, energy for 786th FSS

Spark Tank is an annual competition in which Airmen pitch innovative ideas to top Air Force leadership and a panel of industry experts at the Air Force Association’s Air Warfare Symposium. The Spark Tank competitors are active-duty, Air Force Reserve, Air National Guard Airmen and Air Force civilians.
The United States Air Force partners with IdeaScale which allows Airmen to share ideas, discuss submissions and upvote solutions they like. The Airmen with the most upvoted ideas then compete at the culminating event, Spark Tank.