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How to use Accelerators to Drive Innovation in the Public Service


The accelerator community, though dispersed, is growing and driving innovation worldwide. While their meaning, impact and value have yet to be fully realized, accelerators are a valuable asset.

Though accelerators have largely been associated with start-ups and the private sector, the public service is tapping into their benefits and seeing positive results. There are a variety of accelerators  that offer short-term programs that provide hands-on learning experiences with mentorship and coaching, to promote growth and develop new skills. They are opening up new opportunities for governments and businesses to innovate, disrupt, transform and build support, relationships and networks, as well as bolster economic growth and prosperity.

Join the discussion and attend the live demonstration to find out how you can be part of an accelerator program, and explore why they are important instruments for public servants.

Morning session: Showcase and panel discussion


  • Beth Noveck, Chief Innovation Officer, State of New Jersey
  • Edward Paulino, Innovation Fellow, Office of Innovation, State of New Jersey
  • Vik Pant, Chief Scientist and Chief Science Advisor at Natural Resources Canada
  • Brittany Hurley, Tech Advisor, Application Development, Employment and Social Development Canada
  • Nicholas Scott, Director, Innovation Services, Digital Academy, Canada School of Public Service
  • Liz McKeown, A/Director General, Digital Academy, Canada School of Public Service

Afternoon breakout session: Accelerator journey


  • Canada School of Public Service Team
  • Canada Revenue Agency Team


Eman El-Fayomi, Head, Design, Canadian Digital Service

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