The Air Force recently distributed $650,000 in "seed money" during its first Innovation Rodeo, designed to support troops' innovative ideas. During the rodeo, held in partnership with AFWERX, a panel of five senior Air Force leaders watched eight presentations, selecting three top ideas aimed at increasing the effectiveness of the service while delivering cost savings. Winning ideas included a "What's Up" app for base event announcements, which received $250,000 of seed money; an AI system for facility roof inspections; and a "See Something, Star Something" app to enable crowdsourced feedback on contractors working for the Air Force. The top eight ideas were selected from 122 total submissions. The Air Force Installation and Mission Support Center plans to make the innovation rodeo an annual event. Read more at AF.mil.
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