CPN Joins the White House Today in Celebrating Open Innovation

Ida Cahill CPN at the White House for All Hands on Deck

Ida Cahill – CPN President and CEO at the White House for All Hands on Deck


Today, CPN President and CEO Ida Cahill joins Federal, state, and local government leaders, non-profit staff and private-sector supporters at a special event in D.C., titled All Hands on Deck: Solving Complex Problems through Prizes and Challenges, at Georgetown’s Downtown Campus. This event will highlight the impact of open innovation in the Federal government and across sectors, as well as celebrate the successes of Challenge.gov, part of the Obama Administrations Strategy for American Innovation. Here, we will collectively gain concrete tools for designing more ambitious prizes and effectively using them to improve outcomes in addressing complex challenges. Ida will deliver a brief talk at the event, discussing the Challenge and her work in developing this unique competition. CPN is honored to be a part of this important event and reaffirm our continuing commitment to finding treatments for SCI through our Challenge.

We are also marking this special occasion by opening the call for submissions to Stage 1, Round 2 of the Conquer Paralysis Now Challenge. Following the tremendous potential that we saw in the previous rounds research, we are incentivizing researchers to continue to take greater risks and share their novel approaches to addressing spinal cord injury (SCI), with the ultimate goal of creating functional recovery for those with spinal cord injuries. In this second round, we will award $50,000 to 10 researchers and $100,000 to two cross-sector teams for their unconventional and promising approaches. The deadline for submissions is January 21, 2016.

We believe that restoring critical levels of function for those living with spinal cord injury is possible within the next decade and it is through competition that this objective will be achieved. We are honored to join White House and fellow committers in helping to shine a spotlight on the role that prizes play in solving critical national and global issues, and look forward to today’s lively and informative discussions.

To find out more about the open call for submissions for Stage 1, Round 2, visit: Stage 1, Round 2

To follow the conversation at today’s event in D.C., use the hashtag #publicprizes.

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