Colorado launches first-ever statewide open innovation challenge

Tuesday February 2, 2016 0 comments Tags: Denver, COIN, LiveWell Colorado, Gov. John Hickenlooper, Imagine Colorado, Shepard Nevel, Unreasonable Institute, Sean Kuusinen, Colorado Health Foundation, Gary Community Investments, SkipsoLabs, Entravision, Comcast


DENVER --  Gov. John Hickenlooper, the Colorado Innovation Network   (COIN) and LiveWell Colorado   announced the launch of Imagine Colorado,   the nation’s first statewide open innovation challenge.

Imagine Colorado is seeking ideas from state residents to answer the question: How would you connect  Colorado’s youth to a healthier lifestyle?

Organizers said Imagine Colorado’s aim is to engage residents to offer ideas on how to ensure kids have access to a healthy lifestyle, with $25,000 in prizes awarded to winning teams and individuals.Imagine_Colorado_logoUSE!

“We believe in the power of the collective wisdom of Coloradans to address tough challenges in our communities,” said Hickenlooper. “We want to harness this energy and ingenuity through the Imagine Colorado platform. We know that solving tough problems requires collaboration, and we look forward to the innovative ideas that will be submitted that will help make our state the healthiest in the nation.”

Challenge partner LiveWell Colorado is a statewide organization focused on increasing access to physical activity and affordable, healthy food for all Coloradans to prevent obesity and other chronic health conditions.

“Imagine Colorado is an exciting opportunity to tap into the state’s entrepreneurial and technology sectors and the creativity of our residents toward making Colorado a healthier place for everyone,” said Shepard Nevel, LiveWell Colorado CEO.

“We know that a person’s health status is primarily determined by his or her social circumstances, environmental conditions and behavioral choices, so we can meaningfully increase the health of our state’s youngest residents by improving opportunities to eat well and be more physically active.”

Throughout February and March, Coloradans ages 7 and up can submit their ideas at Ideas should focus on physical activity and nutrition.

The top 10 finalists will be invited to take part in a live event in April where they will pitch their ideas to a panel of celebrity judges.

In addition to prize money, Unreasonable Institute will provide each of the five adult finalists with the opportunity to interview for the 2016 Unreasonable Institute accelerator program focused on early childhood.

“As a state, we need to ensure our innovation pipeline is overflowing with good ideas," said Sean Kuusinen, Unreasonable Institute program manager. “We support entrepreneurs with the potential to address major problems at scale, and through Imagine Colorado we can engage all Coloradans in this process.”

Imagine Colorado is produced in partnership with The Colorado Health Foundation, Gary Community Investments, Unreasonable Institute, SkipsoLabs, Entravision and Comcast and is supported by more than 30 engagement partners throughout the state.

For more information, visit www.imaginecous.