2017 OECD OPSI Call for Innovators (Fully Funded to attend Conferences in Paris & Dubai)

Application Deadline: August 31st 2017

After a successful collaboration over the last year, OPSI and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation (MBRCGI) are happy to announce the continued collaboration and partnership for another round of work to help shape the agenda for the 2018 World Government Summit (11-13 February 2018), including case studies on leading-edge innovations, and interactive displays at the Summit’s Edge of Government experience.

To kick things off, OECD are launching a new Call for Innovations to crowdsource examples of innovation. In addition to fuelling our research, the innovations will be considered for the UAE’s Edge of Government Innovation Award. Finalists will be invited to present their innovations in Paris at the OPSI conference Innovation in Government: The New Normal (20-21 November 2017). Winner(s) will be recognized at the Summit and will be invited to showcase their work in front of a global audience at the World Government Summit.

The Summit is the largest annual gathering in the world focused on shaping the future of governments through innovation, with past speakers including world leaders (e.g. Barack Obama) and leaders of industry (e.g. Elon Musk). For 2017, the event brought together over 4,000 government officials, thinkers, policy makers, and industry experts from over 130 countries to discuss ways to harness innovation and technology to solve challenges facing humanity.


OECD are interested in submissions for innovations of all kinds, but we are also particularly interested in exploring innovative, “edge” approaches to some specific themes:

  • Identity: in all its facets – from new ways to preserve cultural identity to creating new national or transnational narratives (e.g., around the issue of integration of migrants or transborder cooperation), from technical ID systems and rethinking personal data to creating new types of embassies.
  • Time: from innovative approaches to forecasting to generating efficiencies and accelerating implementation, and also innovative approaches to revisiting the past or celebrating slowing things down when beneficial for citizens.
  • Interdependency and interconnectedness: from interventions that take a system-wide approach to complex social problems (e.g. regulation of the sharing economy) to bringing down traditional government silos (e.g. local/federal), from policies and government programs that take into account intragenerational issues to rethinking government services to maximise social capital.


Award semi-finalists will be sponsored to present their innovative work in Paris at the OPSI conference Innovation in Government: The New Normal (20-21 November 2017). Finalists will be recognized at the Summit and will be sponsored to accept the award and present their work in front its global audience in Dubai.
In particular, the selected winner(s) for the award will enjoy the following privileges:

  • Opportunity to be declared the winner of the Edge of Government Innovation Award
  • All-expenses paid invitation to the World Government Summit
  • Public recognition during the World Government Summit and through other channels, including reports, websites, and traditional and digital media
  • Innovation transformed into experiential exhibit showcased at the World Government Summit’s dedicated Edge of Government experience (which can be re-used by the finalists for other platforms and venues)
  • Networking opportunities with high-profile attendees at the World Government Summit
  • Media interviews opportunities at the World Government Summit

Apply Now for the 2017 OECD OPSI Call for Innovators

For More Information:

Visit the Official Webpage of the 2017 OECD OPSI Call for Innovators 


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