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Use Our Lessons Learned to Launch Your Own Innovation Challenge

Posted on November 14, 2016 by  Fraser Ratchford

After five years of ImagineNation Challenges, there has been a lot of learning, connecting, and sharing — all of it in the pursuit of improving health and health care in Canada.

It has been our hope through this blog series, to share the knowledge we’ve gained so that others can leverage the power of innovation challenges to achieve the results they desire. We would not have amassed this knowledge without the participation and contribution of our supporting organizations, judges, and participants, to whom we offer our sincere thanks.

Now that you’ve learned from our successes (and failures), and seen what challenges can achieve, we challenge you to launch your own innovation challenge. What problem do you need solved? What behaviour do you want to encourage? Take the lessons we’ve described in this blog series (and the helpful resources we’ve included below) and build a community of innovators.

All it takes is some imagination.

“Using prizes to spur innovation” McKinsey & Company

“Get Started with Challenge and Prize Competitions” DigitalGov

“Innovation Policy Toolkit” Nesta

“The craft of incentive prize design” Deloitte

The ImagineNation Challenges

This blog series was produced to help celebrate ImagineNation Challenges 5th Anniversary. This is the seventh of seven blogs. To view other blogs in this series, click here.

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fratchford 240Fraser Ratchford is a Senior Director at Canada Health Infoway and works with Infoway’s partners to electronically connect citizens to their health information, to their care team, and to other virtual health services and tools. Prior to his role at Infoway, Fraser held a number of leadership positions in health care. His major focus over the past 30 years has been digital health, working in various sectors including government, hospital and public health.


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