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Edge of Government

World Government Summit 2016

February 8 - 10, 2016

Murjan Ballroom

Madinat Jumeirah

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

Edge of Government

World Government Summit 2016

February 8 - 10, 2016

Murjan Ballroom

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Madinat Jumeirah

Dubai, United Arab Emirates

The Experience

About the ‘Edge of Government’

Can you imagine using live animals to actually reduce the spread of disease in humans, or buildings that use sunlight to clean the air?

The ‘Edge of Government’ innovation experience will challenge visitors to think in new and often counter-intuitive ways about how the most pressing public challenges of our time can be solved.

The main purpose of the exhibits is to inform, trigger new thinking through experience, and most importantly inspire visitors to connect with the innovators behind the best practices and case studies showcased and ideally adapt/adopt the approach in their own context.

Visitors will thus walk out of their immersive journey with the desire to move to action and turn this “Edge” into mainstream.

Background Elements
Background Elements

Visitors will experience leading government innovations from across the globe

DETECTOR RATS

PROCESS TRANSFORMATION

DETECTOR RATS

MOZAMBIQUE AND TANZANIA

CAN YOU IMAGINE USING RATS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DISEASE AND DETECT MINES?

Tanzania and Mozambique have taken a novel approach to dealing with two significant challenges: the public health crisis caused by tuberculosis, and the threat to public safety and development posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war. In 2014, there were an estimated 9.6 million NEW Tuberculosis patients and 1.5 Million TB deaths worldwide. Similarly, 110 Million anti-personnel mines are currently in the ground and they kill 15,000 to 20,000 people every year and severely maim countless more. Both the Tanzanian and Mozambican government are working with APOPO, a Belgian non-governmental organization with headquarters in Tanzania, to address these humanitarian problems. APOPO has developed an innovative system deploying trained African giant pouched rats, using their remarkable sense of smell to detect unexploded landmines or tuberculosis, thereby dramatically speeding up the detection process, decreasing cost, and saving lives. For example, APOPO HeroRATs can check 100 patients for TB or search a 200 sqm2 area for mines in 20 minutes compared to 1-4 days for a technician. Also, TB detection rates are at 60-80% compared to 20-60% using conventional methods. Deploying these extraordinary animals helps to curb the spread of a prevalent and highly infectious disease and to reduce the danger posed by landmines and explosive remnants.


Entity

Ministry of Health in Mozambique, Ministry of Health of Tanzania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mozambique, APOPO vzw,'The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme (NTLP), and National Institute of Demining (IND) -, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Charlie Richter

US Director – APOPO

charlie.richter@apopo.org


DRONEPORTS

PROCESS TRANSFORMATION

DRONEPORTS

REPUBLIC OF RWANDA

IMAGINE A FUTURE WITH UNMANNED RAILWAYS IN THE SKY.

Like many emerging economies, Rwanda lacks the road and rail network required for just-in-time delivery of medical and commercial supplies, contributing to lower health and economic outcomes in remoter parts of the country. To provide cheaper, faster, and more reliable transportation of these goods, the government of Rwanda is working with the Swiss-based charitable foundation Redline, developed out of the renowned École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and with the architect lord Norman Foster and his firm Foster + Partners, to establish the world’s first national “droneport” network. The droneports will act as multi-purpose hubs to enable small unmanned aircraft to deliver critical medical supplies up to 10 kilograms over 100 kilometres and larger cargo drones to carry other commercial goods up to 100 kilograms over 200 kilometres to areas which are difficult to access by other means. This will not only save lives but will also help create new jobs by encouraging local participation in the drone economy. To support this effort, the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority will work together with ministries, the military, and legal experts to produce a national regulatory framework for cargo drones. The ultimate goal is for every small town to have a droneport by 2030.


Entity

Government of Rwanda with Redline Foundation, Afrotech EPFL, Foster + Partners International Committee of the Red Cross, Latham & Watkins


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Jonathan Ledgard; Director

Redline, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

jonathan.ledgard@epfl.ch


POCKET PARKS

ACTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE

POCKET PARKS

MEXICO

TURN OVER ABANDONED SITES IN AN INNOVATIVE WAY.

Building large-scale parks is prohibitively expensive in dense urban environments. At the same time, cities are filled with abandoned or underused sites that provide nothing of value to the inhabitants of the neighbourhoods in which they are located. However, when governments try to redevelop urban spaces without consulting local communities, they often meet resistance from those communities. The Mexico City Public Space Authority (AEP), working with the NGO EMBARQ, developed a process for small-scale, highly local urban beautification driven by community involvement. Community driven “pocket parks”, usually between 100 and 1000 square meters, represent focused redevelopment based around the needs of the community. They are typically previously unused or underutilized location such as abandoned road remnants, vacant lots, or unused street corners, and are renovated to be a pleasant and fun location for the local community. By improving these locations, the AEP hoped to have a dramatic impact on the overall feel of the neighbourhood in a relatively short timeframe and for minimal cost, which on average is around USD 50,000. To date, over 40 community workshops have been held and 30 pocket parks have so far been built around the city, with a goal of approximately 150 to be completed in the future.


Entity

Mexico City Public Space Authority (AEP) with EMBARQ


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

René Caro Gómez, Director of Design at Public Space Authority

Mexico City Government

renecaro.aep@gmail.com


AIR PURIFYING FAÇADE

ACTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE

AIR PURIFYING FAÇADE

MEXICO

WHERE AESTHETICS MEET FUNCTION.

Air pollution is a persistent problem for almost all large metropolitan areas in the world, including Mexico City, which has long suffered from very high levels of air pollution, especially from the large number of automobiles in use. Although air quality has improved somewhat since its worst point in the 1980s, 4.5 million cars are registered in the city and the number is growing. The Mexican government has committed $20 billion to improve the country’s health infrastructure, and passive pollution-fighting architectural innovations are part of the solution. To therefore help ameliorate the highly polluted air in Mexico City, the Ministry of Health has installed specially designed façade modules on the Torre de Especialidades of the Hospital General Dr Manuel Gea González. The modules are painted with a pigment containing titanium dioxide, which, when activated by sunlight, reacts with toxic nitrogen oxide and other pollutants in the atmosphere and converts them to harmless nitrates and water. With 2,500-square-meters of façade installed, the structure neutralizes the pollution produced by 1,000 vehicles every day. The façade naturally shades the front of the building, reducing the energy required to cool the building. The modules are also visually interesting and can generate public attention and interest in what would otherwise be an invisible technology.


Entity

Mexico City Ministry of Health with Hospital General Dr Manuel Gea González, Elegant Embellishments


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Allison Dring

Director, Elegant Embellishments

allison@elegantembellishments.net


ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE PREPAREDNESS

BEHAVIOUR-INSPIRED GOVERNMENT

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE PREPAREDNESS

UNITED STATES

CAN ZOMBIES SAVE THE WORLD…?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needed a way to motivate people to prepare for potential public emergencies. The emergency preparedness materials they placed on their website were comprehensive and easy to follow, but largely ignored because the subject of preparedness is considered dull by many and does not engage the public. In order to stimulate greater interest in emergency preparedness, the Centers for Disease Control created a “Zombie Task Force” to publish materials on zombie preparedness via its blog. By taking a serious approach to teaching people how to prepare for a zombie pandemic, the blog was in fact teaching the public how to prepare for any real emergency, such as a natural disaster, large-scale power outage, disease outbreak, etc. The blog was so popular that within two days of posting, it had received over 60,000 hits and crashed the CDC’s emergency preparedness website. To take advantage of this public interest, the CDC also published a graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic”. A plot-twist at the end of the novel again drives home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. The former campaign of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was incredibly successful and involved new audiences that were not previously engaged in preparing for potential public disasters.


Entity

A former campaign of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Dr Ali S.

Dean, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health

Khanali.khan@unmc.edu


E-WASTE RECYCLING

BEHAVIOUR-INSPIRED GOVERNMENT

E-WASTE RECYCLING

China

HOW MUCH IS YOUR E-WASTE WORTH?

Due to rapid advancement in consumer technology, China has a growing problem with the vast amount of obsolete electronics that pile up each year as e-waste. In 2014, it produced 6,032 kilotons of waste from discarded electronics. To put it in perspective, at current rates of refrigerator replacement, it would only take 25 years to fill all 6,259 kilometres of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall of China with the refrigerators discarded annually in China. As an important step toward solving this e-waste problem, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and online internet giant Baidu teamed up to form the UNDP-Baidu Big Data Joint Laboratory, which created a government-supported app to make recycling more convenient and efficient for consumers. This app uses image recognition software to identify categories of e-waste using images of the discarded products from users’ smart phones. It then informs users of the value of their waste electronics and connects them with certified recyclers who collect the e-waste and pay the consumers for their obsolete products. Pilot projects have been very successful and in 2015, the number of recycled items through the app exceeded 60,000. This in turn positively changed the way people behaved towards recycling. The programme is being rolled out throughout China with additional e-waste recycling agencies joining the project.


Entity

Foreign Economic Cooperation Office under the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, United Nations Development Programme with Baidu


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Patrick Haverman

Country Director, United Nations Development Programme

patrick.haverman@undp.org


Virtual Health Lab

TECHNOLOGY REINVENTION

Virtual Health Lab

United Arab Emirates

INNOVATION IN SURGERY SIMULATION.

The training of surgeons is challenging because it is not possible for surgeons to practice their skills in a realistic setting. Inside, you will find an incredibly lifelike virtual reality simulation of surgery developed with the help of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. The simulation will allow close to 1000 medical students and new surgeons from over 25 medical schools and facilities to practice their operating skills in an environment that is completely realistic but poses no risk to live patients. This is just the beginning of a fully immersive virtual health lab.


Entity

Ministry of Health with Telecommunications Regulatory Authority


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Dr. Kalthoom Mohammed Al Belooshi

Director of Hospitals Department, Ministry of Health, UAE

kalthoom@moh.gov.ae


PATIENT INNOVATION PLATFORM

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE

PATIENT INNOVATION PLATFORM

Portugal

WHEN PATIENTS SET TO HELP THEMSELVES AND END UP HELPING MANY OTHERS.

Patients with chronic and/or rare illnesses often lack solutions to help them cope with their diseases and face several unmet clinical needs. In the case of rare diseases, rarity discourages companies and researchers alike from targeting diseases for life saving or quality of life improving medical innovation. Faced with this enduring lack of treatment help, patients and their non-professional caregivers have developed a significant number of solutions to help them cope with their diseases. Without a forum by which to share these innovations, however, the solutions created by patients can help only those who have created them. Patient Innovation was created as a web platform aimed at addressing this twin problem of lack of innovation and lack of diffusion. The platform serves as a network for patients to find others suffering from the same condition, trade information about their experiences, and share and discuss the innovations they have developed themselves, as non-professional caregivers, to treat and manage their own illnesses. Though based in Portugal, the Patient Innovation platform is available in many countries and languages. Over 500 solutions have been published and approved (almost 1 per day) from over 30 countries since launch. The innovations shared by platform participants have helped relieved suffering and lowered medical care costs for countless patients.


Entity

High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Católica Lisbon with Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Carnegie Mellon Portugal, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Orange Bird


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Pedro Oliveira

Founder and Project Leader / Senior Associate Dean, Patient Innovation / Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics

poliveira@ucp.pt


CROWDFUNDED CIVIC PROJECTS

COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE

CROWDFUNDED CIVIC PROJECTS

United Kingdom

WHERE EVERYONE CAN CONTRIBUTE… ONE CLICK AT A TIME.

To build greater public participation in neighbourhood improvement projects, the Greater London Authority has developed a revolutionary way to plan and fund public capital projects. Working in partnership with the crowdfunding website Spacehive, London’s city government created a platform for local organizations to propose ideas for civic projects or new uses for unused space. The Greater London Authority pledges up to £20,000 to support the best proposals. Local organizations raise match funding from the wider community to unlock public funds and realize their projects. The first round of the programme received 81 proposals, 17 of which were supported, raising 118% match funding from the crowd. In the second round, the Greater London Authority pledged £285,000 to 20 projects, leveraging over £450,000 of additional pledges from more than 2,300 Londoners (including 120 businesses and 6 councils), a 158% increase in funding. Based on the early success of the program, plans are underway to expand the platform to allow for crowdsourcing and crowdfunding more ambitious and complex projects.


Entity

Great London Authority (GLA) with Spacehive and Future Cities Catapult


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Debbie Jackson

Assistant Director - Regeneration, Greater London Authority

debbie.jackson@london.gov.uk


Public Data Visualization

DATA-LED EFFECTIVENESS

Public Data Visualization

Brazil

VISUALISE OVER 700 MILLION DIVERSE PUBLIC DATASETS AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON.

Though government visualization open data programs have grown rapidly, they are typically hard to access, difficult to use, and often ignored by those who could benefit from analysis of government data. To overcome this challenge, and working in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and Datawheel, the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais developed an open data platform called DataViva which was designed from the ground up to be easy to use. The platform provides over 3 terabytes of Brazilian data, and over 500 gigabytes of data on exports, imports, employment, and education for the entire formal sector of the Brazilian economy. Data can be examined and downloaded using a highly intuitive visualization tool that can create over 700 million interactive visualizations, making the tool easy to use for government officials, businesses, and citizens. Since launch, DataViva has seen over 1.5 million page views, with over 200,000 unique users. Of these users, about 37% have been from Brazil, 20% from the U.S. and the rest from all over the world.


Entity

Minas Gerais Government with A Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais, MIT Media Lab and Datawheel LLC


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Thiago Bernardo Borges

DataViva Coordinator

thiagoborges@fapemig.br


Europe Media Monitor

DATA-LED EFFECTIVENESS

Europe Media Monitor

European Union

WEB DATA ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS FOR EARLY WARNING DECISION MAKING.

Governments have a growing need for accurate, targeted, and timely information. While the internet provides an enormous volume of information, filtering the ever-growing pool of data on the internet for useful insight has become almost impossible given the scope and average quality of available information. In order to provide the European Commission with the information it needed, both in terms of insights for internal interaction and decision-making and for early warning of potential large-scale emergencies, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre developed the Europe Media Monitor, a text gathering and analysis engine that provides advanced monitoring and analysis of both traditional and social media. The platform gathers and assesses approximately 250,000 new news articles per day from 7000 online news sites in 60 languages, along with countless social media data points, and analyses this vast body of information for specific content, emerging trends, and early warnings of public emergencies such as new disease epidemics. Originally developed for use by the European Commission, the platform is now used by government officials and organizations around the world, and a web version of the platform made available to the public receives as many as two million hits per day.


Entity

European Commission with European Commission Joint Research Council


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Erik van der Goot

Senior Expert, European Commission

erik.van-der-goot@jrc.ec.europa.eu


PROCESS TRANSFORMATION

DETECTOR RATS

MOZAMBIQUE AND TANZANIA

CAN YOU IMAGINE USING RATS TO PREVENT THE SPREAD OF DISEASE AND DETECT MINES?

Tanzania and Mozambique have taken a novel approach to dealing with two significant challenges: the public health crisis caused by tuberculosis, and the threat to public safety and development posed by landmines and explosive remnants of war. In 2014, there were an estimated 9.6 million NEW Tuberculosis patients and 1.5 Million TB deaths worldwide. Similarly, 110 Million anti-personnel mines are currently in the ground and they kill 15,000 to 20,000 people every year and severely maim countless more. Both the Tanzanian and Mozambican government are working with APOPO, a Belgian non-governmental organization with headquarters in Tanzania, to address these humanitarian problems. APOPO has developed an innovative system deploying trained African giant pouched rats, using their remarkable sense of smell to detect unexploded landmines or tuberculosis, thereby dramatically speeding up the detection process, decreasing cost, and saving lives. For example, APOPO HeroRATs can check 100 patients for TB or search a 200 sqm2 area for mines in 20 minutes compared to 1-4 days for a technician. Also, TB detection rates are at 60-80% compared to 20-60% using conventional methods. Deploying these extraordinary animals helps to curb the spread of a prevalent and highly infectious disease and to reduce the danger posed by landmines and explosive remnants.


Entity

Ministry of Health in Mozambique, Ministry of Health of Tanzania, Ministry of Foreign Affairs in Mozambique, APOPO vzw,'The National Tuberculosis and Leprosy Programme (NTLP), and National Institute of Demining (IND) -, Eduardo Mondlane University in Mozambique.


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Charlie Richter

US Director – APOPO

charlie.richter@apopo.org


PROCESS TRANSFORMATION

DRONEPORTS

REPUBLIC OF RWANDA

IMAGINE A FUTURE WITH UNMANNED RAILWAYS IN THE SKY.

Like many emerging economies, Rwanda lacks the road and rail network required for just-in-time delivery of medical and commercial supplies, contributing to lower health and economic outcomes in remoter parts of the country. To provide cheaper, faster, and more reliable transportation of these goods, the government of Rwanda is working with the Swiss-based charitable foundation Redline, developed out of the renowned École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, and with the architect lord Norman Foster and his firm Foster + Partners, to establish the world’s first national “droneport” network. The droneports will act as multi-purpose hubs to enable small unmanned aircraft to deliver critical medical supplies up to 10 kilograms over 100 kilometres and larger cargo drones to carry other commercial goods up to 100 kilograms over 200 kilometres to areas which are difficult to access by other means. This will not only save lives but will also help create new jobs by encouraging local participation in the drone economy. To support this effort, the Rwanda Civil Aviation Authority will work together with ministries, the military, and legal experts to produce a national regulatory framework for cargo drones. The ultimate goal is for every small town to have a droneport by 2030.


Entity

Government of Rwanda with Redline Foundation, Afrotech EPFL, Foster + Partners International Committee of the Red Cross, Latham & Watkins


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Jonathan Ledgard; Director

Redline, Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)

jonathan.ledgard@epfl.ch


DATA-LED EFFECTIVENESS

Europe Media Monitor

European Union

WEB DATA ON GLOBAL AFFAIRS FOR EARLY WARNING DECISION MAKING.

Governments have a growing need for accurate, targeted, and timely information. While the internet provides an enormous volume of information, filtering the ever-growing pool of data on the internet for useful insight has become almost impossible given the scope and average quality of available information. In order to provide the European Commission with the information it needed, both in terms of insights for internal interaction and decision-making and for early warning of potential large-scale emergencies, the Commission’s Joint Research Centre developed the Europe Media Monitor, a text gathering and analysis engine that provides advanced monitoring and analysis of both traditional and social media. The platform gathers and assesses approximately 250,000 new news articles per day from 7000 online news sites in 60 languages, along with countless social media data points, and analyses this vast body of information for specific content, emerging trends, and early warnings of public emergencies such as new disease epidemics. Originally developed for use by the European Commission, the platform is now used by government officials and organizations around the world, and a web version of the platform made available to the public receives as many as two million hits per day.


Entity

European Commission with European Commission Joint Research Council


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Erik van der Goot

Senior Expert, European Commission

erik.van-der-goot@jrc.ec.europa.eu


TECHNOLOGY REINVENTION

Virtual Health Lab

United Arab Emirates

INNOVATION IN SURGERY SIMULATION.

The training of surgeons is challenging because it is not possible for surgeons to practice their skills in a realistic setting. Inside, you will find an incredibly lifelike virtual reality simulation of surgery developed with the help of the United Arab Emirates Ministry of Health and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority. The simulation will allow close to 1000 medical students and new surgeons from over 25 medical schools and facilities to practice their operating skills in an environment that is completely realistic but poses no risk to live patients. This is just the beginning of a fully immersive virtual health lab.


Entity

Ministry of Health with Telecommunications Regulatory Authority


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Dr. Kalthoom Mohammed Al Belooshi

Director of Hospitals Department, Ministry of Health, UAE

kalthoom@moh.gov.ae


ACTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE

POCKET PARKS

MEXICO

TURN OVER ABANDONED SITES IN AN INNOVATIVE WAY.

Building large-scale parks is prohibitively expensive in dense urban environments. At the same time, cities are filled with abandoned or underused sites that provide nothing of value to the inhabitants of the neighbourhoods in which they are located. However, when governments try to redevelop urban spaces without consulting local communities, they often meet resistance from those communities. The Mexico City Public Space Authority (AEP), working with the NGO EMBARQ, developed a process for small-scale, highly local urban beautification driven by community involvement. Community driven “pocket parks”, usually between 100 and 1000 square meters, represent focused redevelopment based around the needs of the community. They are typically previously unused or underutilized location such as abandoned road remnants, vacant lots, or unused street corners, and are renovated to be a pleasant and fun location for the local community. By improving these locations, the AEP hoped to have a dramatic impact on the overall feel of the neighbourhood in a relatively short timeframe and for minimal cost, which on average is around USD 50,000. To date, over 40 community workshops have been held and 30 pocket parks have so far been built around the city, with a goal of approximately 150 to be completed in the future.


Entity

Mexico City Public Space Authority (AEP) with EMBARQ


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

René Caro Gómez, Director of Design at Public Space Authority

Mexico City Government

renecaro.aep@gmail.com


ACTIVE INFRASTRUCTURE

AIR PURIFYING FAÇADE

MEXICO

WHERE AESTHETICS MEET FUNCTION.

Air pollution is a persistent problem for almost all large metropolitan areas in the world, including Mexico City, which has long suffered from very high levels of air pollution, especially from the large number of automobiles in use. Although air quality has improved somewhat since its worst point in the 1980s, 4.5 million cars are registered in the city and the number is growing. The Mexican government has committed $20 billion to improve the country’s health infrastructure, and passive pollution-fighting architectural innovations are part of the solution. To therefore help ameliorate the highly polluted air in Mexico City, the Ministry of Health has installed specially designed façade modules on the Torre de Especialidades of the Hospital General Dr Manuel Gea González. The modules are painted with a pigment containing titanium dioxide, which, when activated by sunlight, reacts with toxic nitrogen oxide and other pollutants in the atmosphere and converts them to harmless nitrates and water. With 2,500-square-meters of façade installed, the structure neutralizes the pollution produced by 1,000 vehicles every day. The façade naturally shades the front of the building, reducing the energy required to cool the building. The modules are also visually interesting and can generate public attention and interest in what would otherwise be an invisible technology.


Entity

Mexico City Ministry of Health with Hospital General Dr Manuel Gea González, Elegant Embellishments


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Allison Dring

Director, Elegant Embellishments

allison@elegantembellishments.net


BEHAVIOUR-INSPIRED GOVERNMENT

ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE PREPAREDNESS

UNITED STATES

CAN ZOMBIES SAVE THE WORLD…?

The U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention needed a way to motivate people to prepare for potential public emergencies. The emergency preparedness materials they placed on their website were comprehensive and easy to follow, but largely ignored because the subject of preparedness is considered dull by many and does not engage the public. In order to stimulate greater interest in emergency preparedness, the Centers for Disease Control created a “Zombie Task Force” to publish materials on zombie preparedness via its blog. By taking a serious approach to teaching people how to prepare for a zombie pandemic, the blog was in fact teaching the public how to prepare for any real emergency, such as a natural disaster, large-scale power outage, disease outbreak, etc. The blog was so popular that within two days of posting, it had received over 60,000 hits and crashed the CDC’s emergency preparedness website. To take advantage of this public interest, the CDC also published a graphic novel, “Preparedness 101: Zombie Pandemic”. A plot-twist at the end of the novel again drives home the importance of being prepared for any emergency. The former campaign of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention was incredibly successful and involved new audiences that were not previously engaged in preparing for potential public disasters.


Entity

A former campaign of the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention with University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) College of Public Health


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Dr Ali S.

Dean, University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Public Health

Khanali.khan@unmc.edu


BEHAVIOUR-INSPIRED GOVERNMENT

E-WASTE RECYCLING

China

HOW MUCH IS YOUR E-WASTE WORTH?

Due to rapid advancement in consumer technology, China has a growing problem with the vast amount of obsolete electronics that pile up each year as e-waste. In 2014, it produced 6,032 kilotons of waste from discarded electronics. To put it in perspective, at current rates of refrigerator replacement, it would only take 25 years to fill all 6,259 kilometres of the Ming Dynasty Great Wall of China with the refrigerators discarded annually in China. As an important step toward solving this e-waste problem, the United Nations Development Programme (UNDP) and online internet giant Baidu teamed up to form the UNDP-Baidu Big Data Joint Laboratory, which created a government-supported app to make recycling more convenient and efficient for consumers. This app uses image recognition software to identify categories of e-waste using images of the discarded products from users’ smart phones. It then informs users of the value of their waste electronics and connects them with certified recyclers who collect the e-waste and pay the consumers for their obsolete products. Pilot projects have been very successful and in 2015, the number of recycled items through the app exceeded 60,000. This in turn positively changed the way people behaved towards recycling. The programme is being rolled out throughout China with additional e-waste recycling agencies joining the project.


Entity

Foreign Economic Cooperation Office under the Ministry of Environmental Protection of China, United Nations Development Programme with Baidu


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Patrick Haverman

Country Director, United Nations Development Programme

patrick.haverman@undp.org


COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE

PATIENT INNOVATION PLATFORM

Portugal

WHEN PATIENTS SET TO HELP THEMSELVES AND END UP HELPING MANY OTHERS.

Patients with chronic and/or rare illnesses often lack solutions to help them cope with their diseases and face several unmet clinical needs. In the case of rare diseases, rarity discourages companies and researchers alike from targeting diseases for life saving or quality of life improving medical innovation. Faced with this enduring lack of treatment help, patients and their non-professional caregivers have developed a significant number of solutions to help them cope with their diseases. Without a forum by which to share these innovations, however, the solutions created by patients can help only those who have created them. Patient Innovation was created as a web platform aimed at addressing this twin problem of lack of innovation and lack of diffusion. The platform serves as a network for patients to find others suffering from the same condition, trade information about their experiences, and share and discuss the innovations they have developed themselves, as non-professional caregivers, to treat and manage their own illnesses. Though based in Portugal, the Patient Innovation platform is available in many countries and languages. Over 500 solutions have been published and approved (almost 1 per day) from over 30 countries since launch. The innovations shared by platform participants have helped relieved suffering and lowered medical care costs for countless patients.


Entity

High Patronage of His Excellency the President of the Portuguese Republic, Católica Lisbon with Instituto de Medicina Molecular, Fundação para a Ciência e Tecnologia, Carnegie Mellon Portugal, Fundação Calouste Gulbenkian, Orange Bird


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Pedro Oliveira

Founder and Project Leader / Senior Associate Dean, Patient Innovation / Católica Lisbon School of Business & Economics

poliveira@ucp.pt


COLLECTIVE INTELLIGENCE

CROWDFUNDED CIVIC PROJECTS

United Kingdom

WHERE EVERYONE CAN CONTRIBUTE… ONE CLICK AT A TIME.

To build greater public participation in neighbourhood improvement projects, the Greater London Authority has developed a revolutionary way to plan and fund public capital projects. Working in partnership with the crowdfunding website Spacehive, London’s city government created a platform for local organizations to propose ideas for civic projects or new uses for unused space. The Greater London Authority pledges up to £20,000 to support the best proposals. Local organizations raise match funding from the wider community to unlock public funds and realize their projects. The first round of the programme received 81 proposals, 17 of which were supported, raising 118% match funding from the crowd. In the second round, the Greater London Authority pledged £285,000 to 20 projects, leveraging over £450,000 of additional pledges from more than 2,300 Londoners (including 120 businesses and 6 councils), a 158% increase in funding. Based on the early success of the program, plans are underway to expand the platform to allow for crowdsourcing and crowdfunding more ambitious and complex projects.


Entity

Great London Authority (GLA) with Spacehive and Future Cities Catapult


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Debbie Jackson

Assistant Director - Regeneration, Greater London Authority

debbie.jackson@london.gov.uk


DATA-LED EFFECTIVENESS

Public Data Visualization

Brazil

VISUALISE OVER 700 MILLION DIVERSE PUBLIC DATASETS AT THE TOUCH OF A BUTTON.

Though government visualization open data programs have grown rapidly, they are typically hard to access, difficult to use, and often ignored by those who could benefit from analysis of government data. To overcome this challenge, and working in collaboration with the MIT Media Lab and Datawheel, the Brazilian State of Minas Gerais developed an open data platform called DataViva which was designed from the ground up to be easy to use. The platform provides over 3 terabytes of Brazilian data, and over 500 gigabytes of data on exports, imports, employment, and education for the entire formal sector of the Brazilian economy. Data can be examined and downloaded using a highly intuitive visualization tool that can create over 700 million interactive visualizations, making the tool easy to use for government officials, businesses, and citizens. Since launch, DataViva has seen over 1.5 million page views, with over 200,000 unique users. Of these users, about 37% have been from Brazil, 20% from the U.S. and the rest from all over the world.


Entity

Minas Gerais Government with A Fundação de Amparo à Pesquisa do Estado de Minas Gerais, MIT Media Lab and Datawheel LLC


Contact

For further information about this innovation, please contact

Thiago Bernardo Borges

DataViva Coordinator

thiagoborges@fapemig.br


The global exhibits were evaluated across three key criteria's and will only be showcasing innovation practices that go beyond “the usual suspects” - typically “below radar”.

Novelity

Degree of newness and uniqueness associated with each innovation

Impact

Magnitude and scope of improvement to governance attributable to each innovation

Replicability

Potential for replication in the other countries and regions

The Research

The Thinking Behind The Research

Innovation in government is at the heart of good public administration and is not just about technology. It’s about a relentless commitment by high-performing governments to continuous improvement and new ways to benefit the everyday lives of citizens and empower them to help themselves– in health, education, the environment, and other sectors, ensuring trust and confidence in government itself. Incremental advances in these areas happen every day all around the globe, but looking closely at the most innovative advances, those at the very edge of government innovation, we find a unique set of common ingredients. These ingredients, taken together, point the way forward for others who would aspire to change things for the better for their own countries, towns, provinces, ministries, or agencies, anywhere in the world. They include:

An urgent need

Solutions featured set out to solve clearly defined, important, and urgent public problems, ones that are ubiquitous across the world.

A value-addition

By being more responsive to its community requirements and expectations, innovative governments will build trust to fulfil sought out outcomes

A novel solution

new ideas and new ways at looking at problems, often counterintuitive or make use of exiting knowhow for radically new purposes. often free of the constraints of place

A champion

someone willing to marshal the will and resources required to see each solution into practice. Champions are indispensable to successful innovation, but they require support from a diverse team of ENTITY, both in and out of government

A willingness to experiment

Innovators must have a “protected space” for experimentation and not be in fear of failure as they go about the business of finding the next edge of government innovation.

Glossary Of Government
Innovation Report

Based on the research thinking a report that describes 6 new emerging trends across all exhibits will be shared at the end of the experience. These trends introduce a new glossary of terms:

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Collective Intelligence

Incorporating input, insight, and involvement of more participants in the processes of government and collective decision-making

Process Transformation

Adapting the knowledge and technology embedded in existing processes to create radically new approaches to public challenges

Mobility

Enabling government decisions and services in the field, free from the constraints of fixed facilities and resources

Data-led Effectiveness

Making distributed data publically available and easily integrable for use in diverse government and civilian applications

Active Infrastructure

Deploying infrastructure that is flexible, multi-purpose, and able to provide evolving, real-time responses to public needs

Behavior-inspired Government

Using systematic patterns in human cognition and behavior to dramatically improve government policy and program effectiveness

Active Infrastructure Collective Intelligence Behavior-inspired Government Technology Reinvention Data-led Effectiveness Process Transformation Active Infrastructure Involves deploying infrastructure that is flexible, multi-purpose, and able to provide evolving, real-time responses to public needs Collective Intelligence Incorporates input, insight, and involvement from orders-of-magnitude more participants in the processes of government and collective decision-making Behavior-inspired Government Exploits systematic patterns in human cognition and behaviour to dramatically improve government policy and programme effectiveness Technology Reinvention Applies existing technology and established scientific principles to new challenges Data-led Effectiveness Makes distributed data publically available and easily integrable for use in diverse government and civilian applications Process Transformation Adapts the knowledge and technology embedded in existing processes to create radically new approaches to public challenges

The Centre

Edge of Government is brought to you by The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation

About The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre For Government Innovation

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation was established to stimulate and enrich the culture of innovation within the government sector through the development of an integrated innovation framework. The goal is for innovation to become one of the key pillars of the UAE government in line with the vision of H.H. Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid AlMaktoum, UAE Vice President, Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, which aims to develop government operations and enhance the UAE’s competitiveness, making the UAE one of the most innovative governments around the world.

Our Business Model

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation aims to make innovation an everyday practice by experimenting with new approaches, enabling people with the right capabilities, networks and resources, thereby enriching the culture of innovation.

Experiment

Innovative ideas

Innovative ideas make a real difference in government work, and the Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation provides a world-class, multifunctional space for testing, creating and spurring innovation locally, regionally, and internationally.

Enable

Innovative Capabilities

The Mohammed Bin Rashid Centre for Government Innovation works on building the innovative capabilities of government employees, through the development of an integrated framework of innovation tools to develop a highly skilled government innovators.

Enrich

Innovative Culture

MBRCGI aspires to promote an innovation culture in the UAE Government Sector through building international partnerships and becoming a global hub for innovation and best practises. In order to deploy innovation concepts within the government sector.