“We have to mobilize people quickly to solve problems in times of crisis and the crowd is helping to quickly find people we need”
“The crowdsourcing is a very good tool for public engagement with NASA and get the feeling that they are part of the mission”
“NASA has 100 million people through the crowds to get ideas for challenges”
“First we use our internal crowd to solve the problem before going to external crowds”
“Open Innovation is helping us to break the silos inside the organization and bring people together”
“People who are solving problems in a crowd, they love what they are doing, it’s their passion”
Deputy Director of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation
CEO at Crowd Resources Consulting
Steve currently serves as the Deputy Director of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), which is working to infuse challenge and crowdsourcing innovation approaches at NASA and across the federal government. CoECI focuses on the study and use of curated, crowdsourcing communities that utilize prize and challenge-based methods to deliver innovative solutions for NASA and the US government.
In 2015, Steve was named as one of 20 Challenge Mentors for U.S. Government Services Administration’s (GSA) Prizes and Challenges government-wide community of practice. Steve has worked with various projects and organizations to develop and execute over 100 different challenges. He speaks regularly about NASA’s work in crowd-based challenges and the future of work both publicly and internally to the NASA workforce to
promote the use of open innovation tools. Steve has a Mechanical Engineering degree from Rice University and has worked at NASA’s Johnson Space Center for 30 years. Prior to joining CoECI, Steve worked in mission control, flight software development for the Space Shuttle and International Space Station, command and control systems development for the X-38, and led the Command, Control, Communications, & Information (C3I) architecture definition for the Constellation Program.
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