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The Challenge: Supply Chain

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Applications Close December 2
StatVentures Census Open Innovation Labs StatVentures Census Open Innovation Labs

The future of data.

The future of
  • hummus
  • lumber
  • battery
  • refrigerator
  • sriracha
  • microchip
  • hummus
data.

StatVentures scouts technology through collaborations with innovators outside government to ensure the U.S. Census Bureau provides quality data more efficiently, creatively, and effectively.

Bring Us the Goods

You're essential to our calculation.

StatVentures tests and funds cutting-edge technologies and ideas, while providing direct partnership and feedback from the Census Bureau to make government adoption of new approaches faster and easier.

Population count machine displaying the current population of the US as 206751918 Source: Library of Congress
Image Source: Library of Congress

Data is greater than the sum of its parts.

Compete for funding, participation in an elite cohort of technologists, and ultimately government adoption in our inaugural supply chain challenge.

Help us identify & use new ways to produce more timely, granular, and robust information about our nation’s supply chain infrastructure. Phase one winners receive $10,000 and a spot in our elite Phase two innovator cohort.

Phases

October to January

Propose an idea to improve U.S. Census data sources. Ten of the most innovative and promising ideas will be awarded $10,000 and their submitters will be invited to join the inaugural StatVentures cohort.

Spring 2023

Iterate on your idea from phase 1, with direct collaboration and feedback from the U.S. Census Bureau team. Finalists with the most promising roadmaps will receive awards to move from plan to prototype. Missed phase 1? Don’t worry, new “walk on” teams have the opportunity to join in phases 2 and 3.

Late 2023

Build your prototype and test it in real-world scenarios. Prototype demos are evaluated on their potential to serve the U.S. Census Bureau’s mission and goals, and ultimately have the opportunity to be awarded additional funds and pursue adoption by the U.S. Census Bureau.

Apply on challenge.gov

Data is greater than the sum of its parts.

Compete for funding, participation in an elite cohort of technologists, and ultimately government adoption in our inaugural supply chain challenge.

Help us identify & use new ways to produce more timely, granular, and robust information about our nation's supply chain infrastructure. Phase one winners receive $10,000 and a spot in our Phase two innovator cohort.

Apply on challenge.gov

Fresh, new data in 3, 2, 1

  • Phase 1 Concept

  • Phase 2 Roadmap

  • Phase 3 Test

Phase 1: Concept

Propose an idea to improve U.S. Census data sources. Ten of the most innovative and promising ideas will be awarded $10,000 and their submitters will be invited to join the inaugural StatVentures cohort.

Phase 2: Roadmap

Iterate on your idea from phase 1, with direct collaboration and feedback from the U.S. Census Bureau team. Finalists with the most promising roadmaps will receive awards to move from plan to prototype. Missed phase 1? Don’t worry, new “walk on” teams have the opportunity to join in phases 2 and 3.

Phase 3: Test

Build your prototype and test it in real-world scenarios. Prototype demos are evaluated on their potential to serve the U.S. Census Bureau’s mission and goals, and ultimately have the opportunity to be awarded additional funds and pursue adoption by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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