Innovation doesn’t occur without experimentation. We’re moving the County forward by taking smart, calculated risks.
It’s not just a buzzword to us. We define innovation with three simple criteria.
Currently our projects fall into three categories based on County need, opportunity and interest.
The Innovation Program is new to the County and questions about how it will operate will continually present themselves. These may be questions with no clear answer, but reflecting on the basic principles may help guide us to answers.
The concept is entrepreneurial, iterative, and testable. This means that desired outcomes can be identified and measured in a lean, focused way.
The project is experimental, and thus has some degree of inherent risk. The project involves a new process, technology, or skill that is not yet fully understood in the context of County operations.
The concept is scalable to provide a meaningful return on investment. If deemed viable the concept can be implemented more broadly.
Due to County need, opportunity and interest, three focus areas have emerged in the Innovation Program.
These core focus areas are not meant to limit the ideas innovators submit to the program, but they do effectively describe the projects we are currently working on. Exploring current projects may spark an entirely new idea that will improve the quality of life for County residents.
Connected devices and the data they gather are improving our quality of life and changing the way the County governs. The Innovation Program is developing and deploying first-of-a-kind technology in a variety of areas.
In a county that has reserved about a third of its land for agricultural production, we value food not only as a necessity, but as an economic opportunity. Therefore, the Innovation Program has embarked on a series of projects designed to enliven and empower a burgeoning local food scene.
The way we learn is changing. Not only is technology changing the way we communicate in the classroom, but it’s creating demand for continuing education in the workplace. Through hands on creative approaches, we’re exploring these opportunities with students in Montgomery County Public Schools and County government.