Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation's NASA Tournament Lab Overview - Innovation Case Study

Published on August 21, 2018


NASA and Harvard University established the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL) to enable competitions within the Topcoder community to create the best computer code and algorithmic solutions for NASA. This video describes how they did it, and provides insights on a number of competitions run through the NTL.


Jin Paik

Jin H. Paik is the Program Director and Senior Researcher at the Laboratory for Innovation Science at Harvard (LISH). In his role, he serves as the lab’s general manager. He works to develop the lab’s strategic vision, as well as to direct project and research activities. He oversees the development of open innovation projects through partnerships with NASA, Harvard Medical School, federal government agencies, academic and research institutions, and industry leaders. He advises organizations on innovation strategies with a focus on starting and scaling open innovation practices. He has worked extensively on programs that focus on data science, development and use of artificial intelligence, technology commercialization, and the future of work. Prior to joining the LISH team, he worked at the Harvard Kennedy School and Mathematica Policy Research. He holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of Michigan and a master’s degree from Harvard University.

Lynn Buquo

Lynn Buquo currently serves as Manager of the NASA Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI). CoECI provides end-to-end service to NASA, and other government agencies, in the use of crowdsourcing, primarily through the use of open competitions launched through the NASA Tournament Lab (NTL). The NTL offers a variety of open innovation platforms to engage the crowdsourcing community in challenges to create the most innovative, efficient, and optimal solutions for specific, real-world challenges being faced by NASA today. Ms. Buquo received her bachelor and master degrees at the University of Cincinnati. Previous positions include Information Systems Operations Manager for the Constellation Program and Chief of the Information and Applications Systems Division in the Information Resources Directorate.

Steve Rader

Steve Rader currently serves as the Deputy Manager of NASA’s Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation (CoECI), which is working to infuse challenge and crowdsourcing innovation approaches at NASA and across the federal government. CoECI focuses on the study and use of curated, crowd-sourcing communities that utilize prize and challenge based methods to deliver innovative solutions for NASA and the US government.

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