NASA will host an agencywide event Tuesday, Nov. 1, highlighting innovation by NASA employees. NASA Deputy Administrator Dava Newman will discuss the importance of encouraging collaboration across the agency, and this keynote presentation will air live on NASA Television and the agency’s website at noon EDT.
The day-long event for agency employees also will feature activities at each NASA center, including an opportunity for employees to help select new creative ideas through the NASA Innovation Kick Start.
The Agency Innovation Mission Day is a project of the NASA FIRST (Foundations of Influence, Relationships, Success and Teamwork) leadership program, which is designed to develop future agency leaders. The 2016 FIRST class was asked by Newman to coordinate and unify center-specific innovation initiatives into an internal, agencywide event that promotes, celebrates and sparks creativity and innovation within NASA.
The NASA Innovation Kick Start competition asks NASA employees to collaborate across the agency to generate creative ideas that address anything from existing technical or organizational problems to new and original concepts. As much as $10,000 was provided for equipment and supplies to help launch each of the winning projects; $100,000 was available in total.