A Microsoft approach to thinking about lean government

In entrepreneurship, the idea of a “lean startup” has caught on like a firestorm. Inspired by Eric Ries’ book of the same name, lessons about doing more with less and launching “minimum viable products” are being consumed by founders in Silicon Valley and around the world. Now these lean principles have entered pop culture to…

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Innovating the Permit Process in Charlotte Before the Democratic National Convention

This is a guest post by Andy Pitman, part of Microsoft’s eGovernment solutions team. This post originally appeared on the Microsoft in Government blog. Last year, Charlotte, North Carolina was presented with an enormous opportunity — and challenge — hosting the 2012 Democratic National Convention. The event would bring more than 35,000 attendees, including media,…

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The view from 501: Five lessons about social media engagement from the Embassy of Canada’s Inauguration tailgate party

Yesterday was a special day in Washington, one that only comes once every four years — Inauguration Day. During the preceding week, the city transforms in both good (bars stay open late!) and bad (security and roadblocks everywhere!) ways. But in the end, something on the order of a million people came from all over…

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Microsoft Mentors Budding Tech Entrepreneurs At StartupWeekend Blacksburg

This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, the startups lead for Microsoft’s public sector developer and platform evangelism (DPE) group, based in Washington, DC. This post originally appeared in slightly different form on the official Bizspark blog. On Sept. 14-16th, my colleague Ed Donahue and I were mentors at StartupWeekend Blacksburg, hosted by Rackspace…

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Time Magazine Partners With Foursquare To Help Republican Convention Attendees Find Each Other

Where are my friends? Where are the VIP’s? What’s the best party to attend tonight? Those are not uncommon questions when you’re at a huge event like the Republican National Convention. Tampa, FL, where it is being held, is a spread-out city, and events sponsored by myriad companies and organizations are being held miles from…

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CNN Helps Republican Convention Delegates Skype Those They Represent

Deep in the heart of Tampa, there is a CNN Grill. And deep inside the CNN Grill — a combination working news studio and restaurant for participants in the Republican National Convention — the 24-hour news network has deployed social media platforms to help different kinds of people connect. These social tools include a Tumblr…

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Startup Weekend Gov Features U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park And Data Entrepreneurs

This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, a platform and development evangelist with Microsoft Public Sector based in the Washington, DC area. See photos from this event on Ashish’s Skydrive. Last weekend, Microsoft hosted Startup Weekend Gov in our Chevy Chase, MD offices, featuring speakers like U.S. Chief Technology Officer Todd Park, and Deloitte’s…

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Personal Democracy: How The Internet Is Becoming The World's Newest Political Power

This is a guest post by Lauren Keyson, a communications consultant and journalist based in New York, NY. Last week, Personal Democracy Forum 2012 brought hundreds of people to New York University’s Skirball Center to discuss how the spread of technology is lowering the barrier of entry into participating in political conversations. The theme running…

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"Games 4 Health" Webinar Juxtaposes Gamification With Living Healthly Lifestyles

This is a guest post by Arundhati Parmar, the Minnesota bureau chief for MedCity News, where this article originally appeared. Reprinted with permission.  Video games conjure up images of couch potatoes shooting up aliens. But “gaming” has advanced far beyond that, often pushing the limits of how technology interfaces with the human body and mind….

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Startup Weekend EDU Convenes Education Geeks For 54 Hour Hackathon

This is a guest post by Ashish Jaiman, a developer evangelist for Microsoft based in the Washington, DC region. See photos from the event on Ashish’s Skydrive. Startup Weekend EDU is a 54-hour startup incubator event focusing on innovative solutions for education challenges. It was held June 1-3 at Microsoft’s Reston, VA offices with sponsorship…

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