Source is a program within our Collaboration Portfolio that provides an online platform for leaders and peers to interact with each other’s submissions of crowd-sourced ideas.

Through this program, the challenge sponsor receives a crowd-sourced view of concept solutions to their problem sets. Participants are given the opportunity to connect their bottom-up solutions with senior commanders who have the ability to take action.

Engaging Warfighters in Open Innovation

Source presents a framed challenge statement to service members who have the knowledge and experience to develop innovative solutions. The challenge area comes directly from the needs of the sponsoring unit and is accompanied by a detailed plan to follow through with the challenge winners. This plan can include a process for solution adoption, a transition to other NSIN programs/services, and awards.

Responding to Command-driven Innovation Challenges

Source was born out of an effort to support the U.S. Marine Corps (USMC) Deputy Commandant for Installations and Logistics and, through time, has developed into the USMC Commandant’s Innovation Challenge. Since inception, Source has been responsible for the collection of thousands of ideas and engagement of thousands of users. Many ideas have been selected for prototyping and development, and at least 1 has approached “program of record” status within the Marine Corps. Because of Source’s success, NSIN continues to receive requests from other commands ranging from tactical to strategic to deploy a similar capability.

Source iterations are suited for both mobile and desktop access and are generally run with a 30-day active submission period. By leveraging a community-based approach, Source encourages participants to build upon each other’s submissions on a global scale. NSIN has had multiple successful Source iterations with the USMC, National Guard, and the Defense Logistics Agency. The Source program provides a platform where innovators can have their voice heard and their work seen by senior leadership.

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