The journey towards the much-awaited 19th Public Sector Innovation Awards has officially begun with an open call for entry to innovators in all spheres of government and public entities.
The acting Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Centre for Public Service Innovation (CPSI), Ms Lydia Sebokedi launched the official call for entries to all of the public sector, Non-Governmental Organisations, Non-Profit Organisations and those in the private sector recently.
“We are happy to officially launch the 19th Public Sector Innovation Awards 2021…we are inviting innovators in government departments, municipalities, public entities, public institutions and the private sector working with the government on innovations aimed at improving service delivery challenges to enter,” she said.
According to Ms Sebokedi, those who want to enter the 2021 Public Sector innovation Awards should do so before the scheduled deadline of Friday, September 17, 2021.
These awards recognise successful and effective service delivery improvement projects and initiatives that have been achieved through the application of innovative approaches, methodologies and tools.
Innovation sought by CPSI involves the application of new ideas, which results in benefits through cost-savings, efficiency improvements and new products or services, using technology and other solutions, which may involve process adjustments, culture change, institutional change or management development.
However, the CPSI awards do not award projects that have been achieved through the application of standard procedures and approaches.
The newly reviewed awards categories are also aligned to the seven government priorities as announced by President Cyril Ramaphosa during his State of the Nation Address (SoNA).
Again, the closing date for the awards that seek to respond to the imperatives of the Fourth Industrial Revolution has been extended to 30 September 2019.
Entries are open for the following categories:
Innovative Solutions Reducing the Cost of Delivering Services
This category rewards those who are faced with the challenge of “doing more with less”, thus being able to demonstrate how innovation contributes to alleviation of budgetary constraints.
Call for Public Sector Innovation Ambassadors, Champions and Trailblazers
The emphasis of this category is to identify innovation ambassadors who are actively entrenching the culture of innovation in the public sector.
They do this by developing in-house capacity to solve problems or by empowering others to innovate.
This category celebrates the innovative use of ICT and non-ICT solutions to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of service delivery at the coalface.
The emphasis is on the interface with citizens and what has been done to make their experience of government pleasant, hassle free, effective and efficient.
Innovations harnessing 4IR Solutions
This category includes the use of frontier technologies such as Blockchain, Robotics and Artificial Intelligence and new ways of leveraging big data that can significantly improve service delivery.