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About the Program

Solving business challenges with employee creativity, open thinking and technology.

The MN.IT Services Innovation Program is the creation of a forward-thinking State Chief Information Officer who believes in the power of innovation and recognizes the need to carve out dedicated time and space for it, given that it wouldn’t otherwise happen.

The creativity of the program relies on our commitment to: 

  • Foster innovative services and solutions.
  • Bring business and IT together to build new solutions in support of each state agency mission.
  • Use unconventional mediums to engage and connect people. 
  • Bridge gaps in understanding on polarizing issues.
  • Harness creativity from a wide spectrum of backgrounds, insights and expertise.

Visit innovation.mn.gov – a modern responsive web design built by the Mobile Ninjas, a collaborative group formed by the MN.IT Innovation Program.

 
 

Goals and Strategies


For MN.IT employees:

  • Create greater efficiencies by establishing ICAT (innovation catalyst) teams to identify areas of improved efficiency and execute projects to save money and improve the efficiency of service delivery.
  • Produce cultural change by hosting employee events to solicit ideas and proposals and implement projects based on employees’ recommendations.
  • Establish innovation processes and protocols by using agility programs to teach innovation approaches to select employees and pilot new projects.

For public citizens and business:

  • Engage the public through citizen crowdsourcing projects: Hack for MN, Capitol Code, CityCamp MN, Data Opener.
  • Leverage strategic partnerships by partnering with business for rapid procurement and execution, alliances with local tech associations and higher education, such as University of Minnesota.
  • Impact specific issue areas, such as open data, mobile online services, regional economic development, accessibility and ending homelessness efforts.
Visit innovation.mn.gov – a modern responsive web design built by the Mobile Ninjas, a collaborative group formed by the MN.IT Innovation Program.
 
 

Our Approach

Innovation doesn't happen because it is directed or discussed; it happens because organizations commit to the disciplines, practices, behaviors and processes that support and sustain it. These must be overlaid onto an organizational culture that is ready to innovate.

So how does it work? 

We utilize unconventional tools, such as idea crowdsourcing and civic engagement, to capture ideas and expertise from broad and diverse communities. We leverage the agility of the cloud to actively connect MN.IT employees in a series of ideation events:

  • Access to cloud technologies is essential to success, since our agency is so highly distributed (2,100 employees in over 70 agencies across more than 90 locations).
  • Events are an open forum for idea generation and collaboration. 
  • Events are aimed at improving organizational efficiency and at generating positive outcomes for Minnesotans through the creative application of information technology. 

Visit innovation.mn.gov – a modern responsive web design built by the Mobile Ninjas, a collaborative group formed by the MN.IT Innovation Program.