Tech Innovation in Procurement

  • Online
  • For Certification
Starts the week of

June 13, 2016

Course ends on

August 15, 2016

Application Deadline

May 23, 2016

Passionate about innovating through procurement?

  • Are you working to use procurement to solve problems?
  • Do you have a project that aims to increase competition of ideas, enhance business development opportunities, and/or lower costs?
  • Do you want to learn from peers and experts about what’s happening in the space of procurement innovation, civic and govtech innovation?

Course Description

Today we have a misalignment between our citizens’ expectations that government will solve problems effectively and fast and how public procurement is practiced. Government should not be spending as much to make a website as it invests in scientific research to map the human brain. Contracts should not get awarded to the same enterprise over and over again but attract more and more diverse competitors.

But bringing innovation to the government supply chain is also about meeting the needs of citizens more effectively by accepting that in government we should excel of defining the problems and allow the market to inspire us about the different approaches to solving them. This can also be about data-informed decision support, new evaluation frameworks and more representative selection panels.

Ideal participants are those who have already identified a project and/or have a project underway and have clear insight into the problem they are trying to address. This course is designed for those focusing on all stages and types of contracting reform, bureaucracy and problem-solving at all levels of government, including projects that: make procurement better at solving problems; lower the entry barrier to participation; attract more diverse, minority and women-owned businesses; enable more open review and decision-making processes; encourage the procurement of innovative solutions; decrease corruption and improve accountability. If you are engaged in an effort to bring greater sanity to the procurement process come join us!

The GovLab Academy coaching programs have helped 450 government, social and civic entrepreneurs take 250 projects from idea to implementation. We aim to help you “cross the chasm” from idea to implementation and help you scale.

Course Format

1 faculty-led session every 2 weeks for 2 hours (one hour is with a City Mart Mentor and one hour is an all-group session); and a personalized schedule of peer-to-peer and one-on-one team coaching sessions.

Online sessions will be held every 2 weeks for 10 weeks.

Course Duration: 10 weeks

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Fee: $250


Faculty Members

Sascha Haselmayer

CEO of Citymart

In 2011 Sascha founded Citymart, working to transform the way cities solve problems, connecting them through open challenges to new ideas from citizens and entrepreneurs. Today, more than 60 global cities from Barcelona to New York and London to Rio de Janeiro have used the Citymart approach.

From 1992-98 Sascha trained as an architect at the Architectural Association in London and delivered a range of urban strategy projects in the Europe, Latin America and Asia working among others with HPP Architects and Carillion plc before in 2001 co-founding Interlace-Invent, a consultancy and service company based advising on science & technology, socio-economic and development strategies for clients such as Barcelona City Council, ESADE Business School, Shanghai Xuhui District Authority, the Government of Thailand, as well as global investors and international organizations such as the Nordic Council of Ministers. In 2003 he co-founded Living Labs Global, a non-profit organization to promote service innovation in cities.

Sascha has delivered workshops around the world, spoke at renowned smart city related events like Citylab, DLD, TEDx, The Economist Infrastructure Summit, Harvard Kennedy School’s Social Entrepreneurship Summit, Smart City Expo and lectured widely at universities such as the Architectural Association Housing & Urbanism program and IESE business school and co-authored two books on service innovation and technology in cities, markets and new approaches to public procurement and is quoted as a thought leader and entrepreneurial pioneer in publications such as Smart Cities (Anthony Townsend, 2014), Peers Inc (Robin Chase, 2015), The Economist, Time Magazine, The New York Times and various academic papers and articles.

Sascha is an Ashoka Fellow in recognition of his work as a social innovator and a selected member of the Clinton Global Initiative and on the Advisory Board of the UN Global Compact Cities Programme.

Nina Robbins

Project Manager at Citymart

Nina Robbins is a Project Manager at Citymart responsible for a portfolio of partnerships with leading global cities such as New York City and Eindhoven. At Citymart, she has successfully led challenge-based procurement and problem-solving projects for the cities of Long Beach, Philadelphia and New York City. Nina further managed the co-creation of Citymart’s Opportunity Builder online tool with a group of partner cities to establish common needs, taxonomies and use-cases.

Nina has over seven years of program management experience, including planning, implementing, managing and evaluating programs from inception to completion.

Before working at Citymart she led the re-launch of New York City’s Workforce1 Healthcare Career Center initiative. In her first sixth months on the job, she was tasked with coordinating the hiring and training of 15 new staff, negotiating contractual agreements with New York City’s vendor, developing start up tools and guidelines for performance management, designing service delivery sequences and ensuring the provision of quality job-readiness, training and recruitment services. To date, the new center has connected over 1,000 individuals to quality jobs.

In 2010, Nina was awarded an Urban and Social Policy Program Fellowships at Columbia University, where she designed and began to implement a program improvement plan. During her tenure, student enrollment in the program doubled, nine new urban policy courses were developed, the Urban and Social Policy speaker series was launched and two additional faculty lines were added.

Nina holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Cultural Anthropology from the University of Virginia and a Masters Degree in Urban Policy from Columbia University.

Uthman Olagoke

Project Manager at Citymart

Uthman is an experienced project manager at Citymart, working with cities to find solutions that will elevate the quality of life for citizens and bring innovation to the inner-workings of government.

Uthman is currently managing partnerships with the cities of Detroit, Miami, New Orleans, Bristol, Da Nang and Melbourne to use procurement as a problem-solving tool through Citymart’s open challenge framework. He serves as the main point of contact for each city, providing them with support and technical assistance as they go through the 6-step challenge process (develop problem statement, develop solicitation package, launch open challenge, engage market, and select best solution).

Uthman also manages a team of analysts that conduct research and outreach to find the relevant solutions for a challenge and encourage their participation. Uthman has managed open challenges ranging from social cohesion in Bristol, UK to transportation and congestion in Melbourne, Australia to the digital divide in New Orleans, LA. Uthman also manages the relationship with the foundations sponsoring the open challenges in each city. Working with each city, Uthman adapts the open challenge process and problem-based procurement tools to each city’s distinct government environment. He also delivers capacity building workshops to city leadership to strengthen the city government’s problem-solving and innovation capacity as well as give them new ways to engage their local vendor community.

Before joining Citymart, Uthman worked at Bennett Midland, a management consulting firm in New York City, which worked exclusively with the civic and public sectors, where he provided project management and technical assistance support to 19 city governments around the world funded by Bloomberg Philanthropies to deliver bold solutions to complex municipal challenges using the Innovation Delivery approach.

Uthman also managed Results for America’s Local Moneyball for Government Fellowship, providing project management support to 12 senior local government officials in the United States implementing data and evidence-based tools in their cities. He graduated from Dartmouth College in 2011 with a degree in Government and Sociology.

Claus Mullie

Analyst at Citymart

Claus Mullie joined Citymart in 2015, Claus contributed extensively to Citymart’s Procurement Institute, a large online resource designed to train city officials on innovative procurement. This included researching and compiling case study material.

Claus has also managed the research and outreach processes for the Sheffield Smart Lab challenge, focusing on housebound adult care, and the Da Nang Social Cohesion challenge, focusing on community building in public space.

More recently he designed and managed Tech Londoners, a Citymart partnership with The Mayor of London, which brings together London’s technology entrepreneurs and community groups to co-design the future of smart care in London.

Currently, Claus is working closely with the City of Eindhoven to develop the city’s problem solving methodology and new approaches to procurement for their social services department. Claus also delivers capacity building workshops to entrepreneurs as well as to city leadership to strengthen the city government’s problem-solving and innovation capacity as well as give them new ways to engage their local vendor community.

Before Citymart, Claus worked with the European Commission’s Smart City Unit (DG Connect) and the New Cities Foundation to help city governments spearhead innovation. He holds an MSc in Urbanisation from the London School of Economics and a BSc in Politics and International Relations from the University of Manchester.

Philippa Parry

Analyst at Citymart

Philippa works as an Analyst at Citymart and is currently working on introducing problem-based procurement to the governments of Long Beach and New York City, supporting challenge-based procurement strategy and delivery at all stages. Philippa also led the strategy and research on past Citymart challenges with the Government Laboratory in Chile, focused on how to the healthcare system could better meet the public’s needs, and the Bristol Social Cohesion Challenge (UK), improving social integration in a rapidly changing city.

Her experience and responsibilities involve a detailed understanding of each city’s needs, translated into a clear, practical and inspiring challenge statement, while understanding the needs and motivators for applicants. As an analyst, Philippa puts these two perspectives together to help ensure optimum engagement between the city’s problem and vendors’ proposals. Philippa then leads the research and outreach phases, identifying different solution types and taking charge of communicating the opportunity to vendors and the wider public.

Prior to Citymart Philippa worked as a freelance sustainability consultant, advising the Barcelona area local authority, AMB, on their sustainability education programme. Other projects included working with European civil society organizations, defining how systems thinking can and should change the way they organizations work and campaign.

A native Londoner, fluent in Spanish and Catalan, she is an experienced translator, linguistic corrector and university-level English teacher.

Philippa holds a Masters in Leadership in Sustainability from London-based Forum for the Future and an undergraduate degree in English Literature and Classical Literature and Civilization from the University of Birmingham, UK.

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