ChallengePost Powers Challenge.gov to Spur Nation-wide Innovation

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ChallengePost Works With Government Agencies to launch Challenge.gov, a Website and Challenge Platform Inviting Citizens to Solve The Nation’s Challenges

ChallengePost, a public platform that enables social problem solving, today is announcing the launch of Challenge.gov, a site that gives citizens free access to participate in Federal government challenges and solve them for prizes and recognition. There are over 35 challenges from more than 15 agencies on the new platform. Over the coming months, ChallengePost will work closely with government agencies such as the USDA and NASA to promote and publish more challenges that take on health, science, and design issues, among others.

Citizens are encouraged to explore the challenges, add their names as public supporters, spread the word, and submit solutions to challenges. One new challenge launching today, “Recipes for Healthy Kids,” is a follow-up challenge to Apps for Healthy Kids, and offers prize money and empowers community members to create nutritious school lunch recipes on behalf of First Lady Michelle Obama’s ‘Let’s Move!’ campaign and the USDA.

“We’re thrilled to partner with the government to help democratize problem solving,” said ChallengePost CEO, Brandon Kessler. “Challenge.gov helps government do more with less, and allows the public to add value beyond their tax dollars, and receive rewards in exchange.”

Challenges can range from fairly straightforward opportunities (idea suggestions, creation of logos, videos, games, mobile apps) to proofs-of-concept that solve the grand challenges of our time. Citizens who do not have solutions to offer can show support by sharing challenges with their friends via email and social media sites.

ChallengePost and the General Services Administration will continue to assist government agencies in developing best practices around conceptualizing, facilitating and judging challenges.

The initiative is a product of the http://www.whitehouse.gov/sites/default/files/omb/assets/...2010/m10-11.pdf [March 8 Guidance __title__ Click this link.]from the Office of the President, which committed to make available a web-based platform for government challenges and prizes. ChallengePost was selected to power the forum for posting national calls to action and judging the solutions that are submitted. The company was selected because of its experience running over 100 ambitious online challenges for corporations, non-profits, individuals and local and federal government agencies.

About ChallengePost

ChallengePost is a platform that enables government agencies, corporations, non-profits, and individuals to challenge the public to solve problems. Any citizen can solve a challenge, register their support for a challenge, spread the word to their friends and/or write congratulatory notes to the winners.

ChallengePost was founded in 2008 by Brandon Kessler, is privately funded, and is headquartered in New York City.

For more information, visit http://www.challengepost.com/

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