Innovation

Critical Update: National Labs Pivoted to Help Fight COVID-19. Here's How.

Federal insiders offer a glimpse of how the global health care crisis sparked a new wave of multi-sector collaboration.

Government Innovation in a Global Pandemic

In the crunch of a crisis, federal agencies unleashed bots, artificial intelligence, 3D printers and supercomputers to flatten the COVID-19 curve.

DHS Creates Tool to Predict How Long SARS-CoV-2 Lives on Surfaces 

Thousands of users accessed the new calculator on its initial day of launch.

DARPA Funds Earthworm-Inspired Soft Robot to Rapidly Dig Military Tunnels 

As part of the Underminer program, General Electric’s innovation arm is perfecting a soft robot to boost battlefield operations.

NASA Seeks to Improve How It Learns About New Technology

The space agency wants input from partners regarding how it collects information about new tech innovation.

Federal Researchers Create 'Second Skin' to Shield Against Biological Threats

The material shields wearers from chemical and biological agents and could pave the way to smart uniforms for troops and first responders.

Bill Proposes to Incentivize Cybersecurity Innovations With Cash Prizes 

The legislation tries to breathe life into a “moonshot” idea first proposed by tech industry leaders. 

GSA Seeks Support for Challenge Sites, Including Potential New Challenge X Lab

The crowdsourcing Challenge.gov and Citizenscience.gov need program support, as does a potential new testbed for agencies.

Defense Innovation Board Director Moves to Google

It’s another sign of the healing relationship between the Defense Department and big tech.

What Federal IT Modernization Leaders Do Best

Modernization is not about just finding solutions that are more cost-efficient and more secure.

Air Force Turns Focus to Flying Cars

A virtual conference will kick off the service’s Agility Prime initiative to operationalize flying cars.

The Pandemic Is a Clarion Call to Remove Barriers to Innovation

The COVID-19 crisis presents an opportunity to put in place solutions that will benefit us all, now and in the future.

The Army Wants Your Ventilator Ideas

A new contest seeks new designs to meet a growing need.

The Suite Life

Nextgov chats with federal executives about their role in agencies’ ever-growing C-suites.