The GovInsider Innovation Awards are back, bigger and better, for the second year in 2017.

Nominations are open to all government agencies until 30 June across seven categories.

One of the categories is Best Citizen Engagement, which recognises a project that has engaged citizens and reached a large audience. The project needs to have used tools to create impact, either by changing perceptions, responding to aggrieved citizens, or reaching a new group in society.

In this category last year, a joint project between the Ministry of Finance, Papua New Guinea and the United Nations Development Programme won. The Phones Against Corruption project allows the citizens of Papua New Guinea to anonymously report suspected government corruption through SMS. By the end of 2015, more than 20,000 SMSes were received, and 251 cases of alleged corruption were under investigation.

Besides citizen engagement, the GovInsider Innovation Awards seeks to recognise public sector projects from across the region in six other categories:

  • Best Adaptation
  • Best Team Under 35
  • Best UI and UX Design
  • Best Use of Data
  • Best Drones Project
  • Best Risk

Read about the other winning projects from 2016 here, and find out more about the nomination categories and download the nomination forms here.

There are just a few weeks to go until the 30 June deadline for nominations. Multiple nominations from the same agency are allowed.

The awards will be judged by an international panel: Siim Sikkut, Government Chief Information Officer, Estonian Prime Minister’s Office; Karen Delafield, CIO, HM Treasury and Cabinet Office, United Kingdom; Tuty Kusumawati, Head of Jakarta Regional Development Planning Board, Indonesia; Stuart Smith, Chief of Service Innovation and Design, National University of Singapore, Institute of Systems Science; and Joshua Chambers, Editor, GovInsider.

Winners will be announced at Innovation Labs World, taking place on 26 September 2017 in Singapore. The event will gather thought leaders in the public sector and innovative government units to discuss the future of public service, and how to use creative solutions to improve public services.

Image from UNDP in Papua New Guinea