October 05, 2010 08:02 ET
Manor Labs Recognized as "Bright Idea" Innovator by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance at Harvard University
Idea Generation Platform Powered By Spigit Enables the Promise of the Open Government Initiative
MANOR, TX--(Marketwire - October 5, 2010) - Today, Manor Labs announced that their idea management platform has been recognized by Harvard University's "Bright Ideas" program at the John F. Kennedy School of Government. The intelligent, purpose-built innovation platform, powered by Spigit, uses an advanced combination of crowd-sourcing, game theory, and behavioral sciences techniques to capture relevant ideas and information from the employees and citizens of Manor to better solve public policy issues.
Known for recognizing government programs that provide government officials with insight into challenging issues, the "Bright Idea" award has acknowledged Manor Labs for its effective use of crowd-sourcing and passion for creating greater government transparency. The Manor Labs initiative was launched in October of 2009, with more than 80 ideas submitted by citizens and employees of the city. Out of those 80 ideas, five have been successfully executed. These ideas include implementing recurring payments for utility bills as well as an RSS feed for public works orders.
"Last year, in partnership with the Persuasive Technology Lab of Stanford University, we selected Spigit to launch Manor Labs as the City of Manor's internal and external innovation platform," said Dustin Haisler, CIO of Manor, Texas. "We're honored today to announce that the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation at Harvard University has recognized the success of this platform as a "Bright Idea" in government. This platform has helped break down the typical government and citizen relational barriers by making Manor's innovation process participatory, transparent and fun."
With Spigit's innovation platform, participants of Manor Labs can submit ideas organized by different city departments including: administration, development, information technology, municipal court, police department, public works, utility billing, and economic development. When participants submit, rank, comment or vote on ideas, their user reputation is increased providing them with a reward through virtual currency. This virtual currency can be redeemed at the Manor Labs store for items such as being mayor for the day or a ride-along with the Chief of Police.
"We want to congratulate the City of Manor for receiving this award commemorating the city's outstanding work with Manor Labs in driving innovation in the government sector," said Paul Pluschkell, CEO and co-founder of Spigit. "The City of Manor's achievements are a success story in our customer portfolio as well, and demonstrate the power of Spigit's purpose-built innovation software."
About Manor Labs
Manor Labs is the official research and development division of the City of Manor, Texas. Manor is a small, but growing, community of about 6,500 innovators (citizens) located on the outskirts of Austin. Manor Labs is also a proud launch partner with Stanford University's Peace Dot Project.
Spigit is the leading provider of purpose-built innovation software for the enterprise connecting employees, customers and business partners for idea management and innovation discovery. Using enterprise-grade social technology, Spigit's software taps into the collective intelligence within an organization and transforms it into actionable, predictive information. By incorporating incentives, idea graduation, idea trading and real-time analytics, Spigit allows companies to get the most out of their key assets. Our technologies are used by the largest and most innovative companies in the world including: Pfizer, AT&T, Southwest Airlines, Allstate, AAA, and Lloyds TSB. Spigit currently powers innovation projects at numerous Fortune 2000 companies and has been named Best of Software Interop 2008 and is listed on the AlwaysOn Global 250 list, the power list of the top 250 private global technology companies. For more information, visit www.spigit.com.