Breakout Session: Open Innovation: SunShot Catalyst & Next Generation Government Prizes

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May 21, 2014 2:45PM to 3:45PM PDT

Avila A & B

Crowdsourcing, hackathons and local business accelerators are creating unprecedented opportunities for a new generation of problem solvers and entrepreneurs who rapidly create transformative economic change and social impact. The federal government has taken notice of growing market mechanisms that are shaping the next waves of innovation and sought to unleash the potential of social entrepreneurs with prizes, challenges, and open data. Join us for the official launch of a new SunShot prize challenge and hear from change makers in government and industry about the importance of government prize competitions in cultivating a thriving ecosystem for America’s clean energy economy.


Cristin Dorgelo
Assistant Director for Grand Challenges, White House Office of Science and Technology Policy


Jenn Gustetic
Program Executive for Prizes and Challenges, National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Don Wood
Venture Partner, Draper Fisher Jurvetson

Aaron Fyke
President, Edisun, Inc.