The Innovation Office has several programs available including the Idea Accelerator, workshops, consulting, and the Innovation Community of Practice.
Consulting and Workshops
The Office of Innovation offers several different workshops and consulting engagements focused on building a foundation for project success, and then facilitating teams through a process to solve a problem. Learn more about consulting and workshops
In 2017, the Innovation Office secured a three-year $1.25m grant from Bloomberg Philanthropies to focus on the city's goal of ending homelessness. The grant funds an iTeam to help the city identify the best ways for City Council, departments, and the community to collaborate towards a shared understanding of homelessness in Austin. Learn more here.
Open Government Partnership
The City of Austin is a member of the international Open Government Partnership’s inaugural class of “Pioneer” participants -- 15 local-level governments committed to innovate for transparency, accountability, and civic participation. The Innovation Office serves as the city's OGP liaison. The City is currently developing new commitments for the 2018-20 OGP program period. Our Bloomfire community is here
Design, Technology & Innovation Fellows Program
The Fellows Program brought Austin's passionate and civic-minded designers and developers from Austin's cutting edge technology sector into government. The Program has successfully evolved into the Design & Delivery group within the city's Communications and Technology Management department. More info here
The Innovation Office solicited ideas from City employees within four of former City Manager Marc Ott’s signature project tracks, each of which reflected a key priority of the City of Austin: Best Managed, Most Livable, Service with Pride, and Open Government. The campaign resulted in valuable contributions to city governance.