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1 NASA Headquarters (HQ) Innovation Ecosystem Information Technology and Communications Directorate (ITCD) August 2011

2 1 Agenda  What is Innovation?  Assessment Approach  Components of Innovation Ecosystem –(In)novations –innovate.nasa.gov –Technology Focus Areas –Stakeholder Engagement  Future Development Activities  Q&A

3 2 During this presentation and throughout the IT Summit, please tweet your thoughts with the following hashtags… Filename/RPS Number #nasaIT – the official hashtag for the IT Summit #nasainnovation – the official hashtag for the Innovation Ecosystem #nasaIT – the official hashtag for the IT Summit #nasainnovation – the official hashtag for the Innovation Ecosystem

4 3 Agenda  What is Innovation?  Assessment Approach  Components of Innovation Ecosystem –(In)novations –innovate.nasa.gov –Technology Focus Areas –Stakeholder Engagement  Future Development Activities  Q&A

5 4 The word “Innovation” has been used extensively by leadership as a way to promote unique thinking and new ideas across the scientific community… “We need to out-innovate, out-educate, and out-build the rest of the world…The first step in winning the future is encouraging American innovation.” – President Barack Obama “On the one hand, technology is making things simpler for us, but the pace of innovation and the pace of our communications and relationships are getting faster and faster.” – Dr. Bobby Braun, Office of the Chief Technologist "We need to change our mindset and the way we work together to have our people start thinking of NASA not just as a collection of incredible missions but as a developer of the innovative technology that helps drive our nation’s economy…” – Mr. Charles Bolden, NASA Administrator

6 5  To successfully achieve the above requires mechanisms for enabling NASA to best encourage, share and collaborate together for solutions to drive innovation across the Agency and it’s partners  NASA HQ ITCD determined that an assessment of the Agency’s ability to innovate was required in order to determine the most effective approach for positioning NASA to achieve holistic technology innovation “Using existing technology in new ways or highlighting emerging and/or cutting-edge technology to facilitate mission success” …but what does the word “Innovation” mean within NASA? Filename/RPS Number  There have been hundreds of books published on innovation, resulting in a myriad of perspectives on what innovation is to Industry and the Federal Government  For purposes of this briefing we define the term ‘technology innovation’ as:

7 6 Agenda  What is Innovation?  Assessment Approach  Components of Innovation Ecosystem –(In)novations –innovate.nasa.gov –Technology Focus Areas –Stakeholder Engagement  Future Development Activities  Q&A

8 7 Innovation at NASA is often a product of collaboration across a vast network of formal and informal relationships between the Private Sector, Government, interest groups and Universities Private Sector Public Sector Interest Groups R&D and Universities  Though a 2009 GAO Report indicated that NASA had implemented internal procedures and governing practices to mitigate duplication of technology development, anecdotal evidence suggested that collaboration is still very much dependent upon individual intervention With many of these relationships cultivated and managed by a singular NASA employee, the complexity of defining NASA’s relationships becomes even more challenging to define and leverage to drive innovation

9 8 As a result of stakeholder interviews, ITCD concluded that NASA’s focus on missions created stovepipes that impacted the Agency’s ability to share and collaborate regarding innovation and emerging technologies  Interview comments indicated that there were opportunities for synergy across functional disciplines that could promulgate innovation  Interview data suggests that relationships within NASA are primarily established through contracts and missions, where the short-term “partnership” between two individuals is tactically-based and tailored for a specific purpose  The primary issue regarding relationship building is based on the differences between individual and institution relationships, where individual-to-individual are more clearly defined than organization-to- organization  Over 25 stakeholder interviews were conducted with leadership and personnel across the NASA HQ organization to determine the extent of NASA’s current methods of innovation management and collaboration Interview count per NASA Agency Directorate – November 2010

10 9 Further analysis indicated that while there are existing processes for supporting idea generation and collaboration, these processes were not integrated in a way that provided transparency and easy, open information sharing Filename/RPS Number  Using interview data and best practices from industry, ITCD modeled an “Innovation Lifecycle” architecture that depicts the process of innovating at NASA  While the processes of technology incubation through implementation are well defined, integrated and actively managed by OCT, CTO and the OCIO communities, existing processes across the “Ideation” and “Collaboration” phases of the NASA Innovation Lifecycle lack integration  The following are a few examples of the types of existing processes within NASA that support the above two phases of the Innovation Lifecycle… Ideation Collaboration Incubation and Prototyping Integration and Implementation Scaling and Optimization NASA Innovation Lifecycle Where ideas are formed… Where synergies are identified… Where the tech is further developed… Where the tech is optimized for NASA… Where the tech is injected into the Missions…

11 10 NASA @ Work Initiative Technology Research Grants Centennial Challenges Prizes InnoCentive Challenge Results Center Innovations Funds Enterprise Architecture Findings SBIR/STTR Mission Directorate Needs The following are a small subset of the types of existing processes that support the “Ideation” and “Collaboration” phases of the lifecycle… Filename/RPS Number  These existing processes are effective at performing their function and independently facilitate innovative ideas  To drive holistic innovation, NASA requires a way to collectively leverage these processes together to efficiently: Manage NASA’s innovation pipeline growth Bring together the most appropriate subject matter experts from across NASA at the right time to drive early adoption Ideation Collaboration Incubation and Prototyping Integration and Implementation Scaling and Optimization NASA Innovation Lifecycle Technology Communities NASA Formal Working Groups NASA Informal Working Groups NASA Communities of Practice Professional Societies NASA Communities of Excellence External Committees Executive Councils

12 11 ITCD hypothesized that transforming this informal relationship network and supporting processes into a more transparent, interactive and collaborative structure would better facilitate the process of innovation at NASA Develop an interactive, collaborative platform… …for bringing together technologists and innovators to drive innovation across NASA Leveraging and cultivating existing relationships between NASA and external partners Identify opportunities for re-use across technologies beyond original functional design or intent Involve scientists and technologist dynamically to actively submit, discuss and collaborate on new ideas 1 2 Opportunities for Innovation Connect scientists and technologists together that is agnostic of geography, function or organization 3 4 Internal-NASA Innovation Sources External Sources of Innovation Private Sector Public Sector R&D and Universities Interest Groups

13 12 Based on this hypothesis, ITCD initiated the development of an end-to-end immersive approach to innovation through the development of an Innovation "Ecosystem" Technology Focus Areas (In)novations innovate.nasa.gov Stakeholder Engagement 1 4 The NASA Innovation Ecosystem is not one singular solution, but a composite of several transformational components that collectively support innovation across NASA with a focus on cross-cutting technology and advanced cross-cutting information technology supporting infrastructure NASA Innovation Ecosystem 2 3

14 13 Agenda  What is Innovation?  Assessment Approach  Components of Innovation Ecosystem –(In)novations –innovate.nasa.gov –Technology Focus Areas –Stakeholder Engagement  Future Development Activities  Q&A

15 14  (In)novations is a physical area at NASA HQ for display of emerging technologies and an area for collaboration  The showcase enables innovation at NASA by providing a tangible demonstration of how innovation and technology injection at NASA can work and interact with stakeholders The most visible aspect of the Ecosystem, (In)novations provides a tangible demonstration of emerging technologies that can prompt new dialogue and interaction (In)novations Capabilities TouchAll displays in the space touch-enabled Gesture Gesturetek ScreenFX enabling interaction with NASA content from passerby's Augmented Reality Overlay data about technology in the showcase via iPad QR Codes Automated content delivery; twitter, email (In)novations provides a means to interact with emerging technology, discuss technologies on display with colleagues and others, and spark the imagination for uses beyond the original intent

16 15 To-date, several vendors from across the country have participated in the (In)novations Showcase, demonstrating their technologies to a NASA employees within a new venue Emotive EPOC A neuroheadset based on the latest in neuro- technologies Infrascanner A hand-held, non-invasive, near-infrared (NIR) based mobile imaging device to detect brain hematoma at the site of injury Briefcam A video analytics technology designed to mitigate the amount of time required to review recordings  Vendors now have an single point of entry to demo, discuss, receive feedback and expand the use of their developed technologies within NASA beyond both their core customers and even the perceived uses of the technologies…at virtually no cost to NASA SansEC Uses magnetic fields to induce power and make determinations about the conditions being monitored without using electrical connections Performance Status Monitoring A sensor system that tracks a user’s vital statistics such as heart rate, EKG, breathing rate, surface body temperature, activity level, posture, and exertion levels and then streams the data in real-time

17 16 Example of Potential Agency Technology Exchange Network Example of Inter-Organizational Technology Exchange Network The NASA HQ (In)novations is the first in a series of showcases across the NASA centers, comprising a network that highlights mission technologies, prototypes and concepts Filename/RPS Number Benefits of Technology and Innovation Network  As additional Technology Showcases are established the network expands allowing further collaboration between Centers and missions  The Network will act as a library allowing for internetwork loans of physical technology  Space reserved to display NASA technology innovation award winners and innovative results of STEM partnerships  As additional Technology Showcases are established the network expands allowing further collaboration between Centers and missions  The Network will act as a library allowing for internetwork loans of physical technology  Space reserved to display NASA technology innovation award winners and innovative results of STEM partnerships Technology & Innovation Network  Centers are encouraged to build their own showcases to expand the reach of technology sharing  Pilot between NASA HQ and Booz Allen underway to determine repeatable approach for expanding the network across NASA and other external organizations (e.g. DARPA) Notional

18 17 As a companion to the Innovation Showcase, innovate.nasa.gov was developed to virtualize the Technology Showcase and provide a means for online collaboration and discussion  innovate.nasa.gov augments the information available to visitors in the physical showcase and serves as a virtual information sharing and collaboration platform  The platform is open to all innovation partners…including NASA employees, educational institutions, other Government agencies and Industry (In)novations (In)novation Partners Innovation and Technology Facilitation Connection to (In)novations showcase Collaboration and Networking Technology Focus Areas Enterprise 2.0 Capabilities

19 18  Technology Focus Areas (TFAs) will form the basis for determining the opportunities, relevance, application and interest in emerging technologies introduced within innovate.nasa.gov and the (In)novations showcase  Utilizing existing communities of interest within the Agency and the the Office of the Chief Technologists (OCT) Space Technology Roadmap (2011) taxonomy, approximately 16 mission-technology driven TFAs will be established within the Innovation Ecosystem Technology Focus Area Examples While the Platform provides an avenue for viewing and discussing new technologies, active participation by technology communities will be critical to driving innovation within the Ecosystem Filename/RPS Number Active participation by the Technology Focus Areas is a critical success factor to the overall health of the Innovation Ecosystem, to be facilitated by engaging with stakeholders in the following ways… OCT Space Technology Roadmap Taxonomy Listing NASA Technology Focus Area Framework RoboticsEnabling Information Technology NanotechnologyLanding Systems

20 19 Finally, underpinning the success of the Ecosystem is to actively engage stakeholders within and external to NASA using an overarching governance plan Filename/RPS Number The above supports NASA’s overarching innovation governance, which can be leveraged for facilitating interactions, requesting directed research to further a specific field, teaming on missions, and discovering innovation early in its lifecycle NASA Stakeholder Engagement NASA Innovation Partners Internally Focused Externally Focused Stakeholder Engagement  The establishment of an overarching governance process is essential towards bringing together NASA and external stakeholders, engaging them the criticality of innovation across mission technology, and sustaining the Innovation Ecosystem Maintaining engaged stakeholders and leadership who are actively participating, influencing and sustaining the innovation pipeline Identifying, managing and sustaining and evolving critical technology relationships outside of NASA

21 20 Agenda  What is Innovation?  Assessment Approach  Components of Innovation Ecosystem –(In)novations –innovate.nasa.gov –Technology Focus Areas –Stakeholder Engagement  Future Development Activities  Q&A

22 21 In conclusion, there is a great amount of excitement, buy-in and success stories already generated through the development of the Innovation Ecosystem…and more is on it’s way Filename/RPS Number Major milestones of the Innovation Ecosystem reached to date include… (In)novations Showcase is under construction at NASA HQ innovate.nasa.gov website has been developed and ready for deployment (In)novations Showcase Design Completed Innovate.nasa.gov Website Developed Initial set of technology vendors are on display at the IT Summit temporary showcase Vendors Secured for Showcase Launch …next steps include the launch of the NASA Technology and Innovation Advisory Council, the first refresh of technologies within the (In)novations Showcase and innovate.nasa.gov website, and expansion of the Showcase network

23 22 As part of the 2011 NASA IT Summit, ITCD is providing a demonstration of the (In)novations Showcase and platform… …we encourage participants to interact with the (In)novation Showcase and innovate.nasa.gov website and provide feedback as to how these tools can continue to support the Agency

24 23 For more information about the NASA HQ Innovation Ecosystem Program, please contact the following… Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc. Pacific Concourse Drive Los Angeles, CA Tel (310) 297 1827 hardash_jill@bah.com Jill A.C. Hardash Senior Associate 202.358.7220 victor.thompson-1@nasa.gov NASA Headquarters 300 E Street SW Washington, DC 20546-0001 Victor Thompson Deputy Chief Information Officer Information Technology and Communications Directorate (ITCD) National Aeronautics and Space Administration www.nasa.gov 202.358.2520 brady.w.decker@nasa.gov NASA Headquarters 300 E Street SW Washington, DC 20546-0001 Brady Decker Chief Technology Officer Information Technology and Communications Directorate (ITCD) www.nasa.gov Booz Allen & Hamilton Inc. Pacific Concourse Drive Los Angeles, CA Tel (310) 297 5539 summers_richard@bah.com Richard Summers Associate National Aeronautics and Space Administration

25 24 Agenda  Overview of NASA HQ Innovation Ecosystem  Assessment Approach  Components of Innovation Ecosystem –(In)novations –innovate.nasa.gov –Technology Focus Areas –Stakeholder Engagement  Future Development Activities  Q&A

26 25 Questions?


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