The Innovation ENJINE is an open innovation challenge that will leverage the hard-earned knowledge of state employees to make government more effective and efficient. In the first round, employees can participate by submitting their own ideas and voting on one another’s submissions. The twenty most impactful and implementable short proposals, as rated by employees, will advance to Stage Two. In round two, employees will be invited to compete - either as individuals or in teams - to craft a plan for how to implement one of those twenty winning ideas.
Governor Phil Murphy today announced five winning teams of the Innovation ENJINE Challenge. See the press release here for more information. Thanks to all who participated in Stages One and Two of the challenge!
A MESSAGE FROM THE GOVERNOR
MARCH 14, 2019STAGE ONE SUBMISSION PORTAL OPENS AT SMARTER.NJ.GOV
APRIL 29, 2019 STAGE ONE IDEA SUBMISSION DEADLINE
MAY 3, 2019STAGE ONE AWARDS ANNOUNCED
MAY 3, 2019STAGE TWO SUBMISSION PORTAL OPENS AT SMARTER.NJ.GOV
June 14, 2019 @ 3PM OPTIONAL Q&A WEBINAR
JUNE 21, 2019 STAGE TWO SUBMISSION DEADLINE
DECEMBER 19, 2019STAGE TWO AWARDS ANNOUNCED
As part of our Administration's commitment to bring New Jersey government into the 21st century and make the Garden State a leader in innovation, we must tap into the State’s greatest asset - its people. As a state employee, you have one of the best perspectives of the challenges we face, and the knowledge, expertise, and insights we need to solve those challenges.
We are now requesting your ideas to improve state government. Your submissions should focus on ideas that are impactful for the people of New Jersey and feasible to implement - they should result in one or more of the following outcomes:
ENJINE is a two-stage challenge. In Stage One, employees submit their ideas and vote on one another’s submissions. The twenty most impactful and implementable short proposals, as rated by you, will advance to Stage Two.
For Stage Two, all employees are invited to compete - either as individuals or in teams - by crafting a plan for how to implement one of the twenty advancing ideas. A panel of expert judges will select up to five winning teams. Those teams will receive expert support to actually implement their plans.
Questions regarding the ENJINE Challenge must be submitted via email to firstname.lastname@example.org. All questions and responses will be posted publicly at this link, and be available to be viewed by all potential participants.
You can submit your ideas online at enjine.smarter.nj.gov. Your ideas should focus on ideas that are impactful for the people of New Jersey and feasible to implement. In your submission, you will need to address the following questions:
Stage One Awards will be selected based on peer voting. Any New Jersey State employee of an executive branch department, or of a select commission or agency, will be eligible to cast votes during a voting period that will run through April 29, 2019. For a list of participating entities, click here
The 20 ideas that receive the most votes will be selected to advance to Stage Two.
Eligible State employees are encouraged to vote on one another's ideas - you can vote for as many ideas as you like. Once you log in, all you need to do is click the "thumbs up" icon on a specific idea to cast your votes. As you browse ideas, you can sort and filter ideas by clicking on the "Filter Ideas" button. Remember, votes should be cast based on an idea's impact and feasibility:
The individuals who submit the twenty ideas that receive the most votes will:
Individuals, or teams of up to six, can now submit their implementation plans for any of the Top 20 ideas, or the five Governor's Office "Impact Ideas." For further details, click here to download the Stage Two Implementation Plan Submission Form. You can view all ideas that you can submit implementation plans for by clicking here
Stage Two awards will be selected by a review committee composed of representatives from the Governor’s Office, the Office of Innovation, and other senior Administration officials. The review committee will evaluate proposals on the following criteria:
The individuals or teams with the five winning plans will: