2017 Bright Idea
State of California
January 1, 2017

Innovate Your State, a state non-profit, launched a project called the Fix California Challenge, a crowdsourced competition to find ways to improve the State of California. The nine-week contest generated nearly 500 ideas, over 1,300 comments, over 8,000 votes, and tens of millions of media impressions, and also won the software company IdeaScale’s “Innovation Award.” Citizens took full advantage of the open call, submitting ideas ranging from businesses to policy changes and research proposals. Through a signature “venture governance” approach, ideas were reviewed, vetted, and eventually, four ideas were selected as challenge winners receiving funding, donations, or backing from either Innovate Your State or outside investors. The challenge was such a success that it was reopened in early 2016 for ongoing submissions.