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Creating a more innovative state for the people of New Jersey

We create innovative policies and technologies that address complex public problems.

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“A stronger New Jersey will be built on the back of innovation.”

Governor Phil Murphy

The Office of Innovation works collaboratively with government, academic, non-profit, and private sector institutions to drive innovation in the Garden State and improve the design and delivery of policies and services to the state's residents, businesses, and institutions.

What We Do

Design + Development

We collaborate with State departments and agencies to develop better products, policies, and services for New Jerseyans using human-centered, data-driven, and agile practices.

Innovation Skills Training

Through the Innovation Skills Accelerator, we train public officials to leverage new technology and data to drive innovation in their day-to-day work and tap into the intelligence and expertise of New Jerseyans.

Public Engagement + Open Government

As part of the SmarterNJ initiative, we work with State departments and agencies to leverage new and innovative technology that allows the public to meaningfully contribute to the policymaking process.

Project + Policy Advising

We employ expertise in data, design, open governance, and open innovation to provide the Governor's Office and State partners with an array of innovation advisory services to strengthen project, policy, and legislative outcomes.

Projects + Initiatives

The Office of Innovation designs, develops, and implements an array of projects and initiatives in partnership with the Governor's Office, State agencies, and other public sector stakeholders. Click below to learn more about a few of our projects.

  • SmarterNJ

    SmarterNJ is an open government platform that empowers New Jerseyans to engage on a wide variety of policy issues. To make policies even more effective, we need to tap the…
  • Innovation Skills Accelerator

    The New Jersey Innovation Skills Accelerator is a free, online program to train public officials to leverage new technology and data to drive innovation in their day-to-day work, and tap…
  • Business First Stop

    The Business First Stop initiative was developed to address Governor Murphy’s goal of making government work more effectively to enable inclusive business growth, and is a strategic component of the…
  • New Jersey Career Network

    New Jersey Career Network (NJCN) is an initiative developed in partnership with the New Jersey Department of Labor and the John J. Heldrich Center for Workforce Development at Rutgers University.…
  • Future of Work Task Force

    The Future of Work Task Force, which is chaired by Chief Innovation Officer Beth Simone Noveck, was formed in October 2018 with Governor Phil Murphy’s signing of Executive Order 41.…
  • Innovation, Open Governance + Open Data Policy

    The Office of Innovation collaborates with the Governor’s Office, State agencies, and other public sector stakeholders to advance the development and implementation of policy. By leveraging an approach that is…
  • User-Centered and Data-Driven Product Development

    The Office of Innovation works with State departments and agencies to serve residents more effectively by improving public-facing digital products. At the heart of every project we undertake is the…
  • COVID-19 Response

    In collaboration with numerous State departments and agencies, the Office of Innovation has undertaken an array of projects to support the State of New Jersey’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic…
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  • COVERAGE: NJDOL updates unemployment app, with further improvements expected

    April 29, 2022NJBIZ

    The New Jersey Department of Labor and Workforce Development released updates to its Unemployment Insurance application to make it easier for New Jerseyans to apply for unemployment benefits. The updates released April 29 were designed and developed in collaboration with the U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Digital Service, NJDOLWD’s Division of Information Technology, and the New Jersey Office of Innovation.

  • COVERAGE: NJ launches widget to help cannabiz hopefuls navigate setting up a business

    March 18, 2022NJBIZ

    The New Jersey State Office of Innovation launched a free online tool to help new cannabis entrepreneurs navigate setting up their business. The New Jersey Cannabis Regulatory Commission highlighted the tool in a March 17 LinkedIn post and called it both “easy-to-use” and “super helpful.”

  • RECOGNITION: New Jersey's COVID-19 Information Hub nominated by StateScoop for State IT Innovation of the Year

    March 14, 2022StateScoop

    In the earliest days of the pandemic, the New Jersey State Office of Innovation, in collaboration with several State of New Jersey agencies, partnered with Yext to launch the COVID-19 Information Hub, providing residents with real-time information on safety rules, programs and services, access to testing, resources to keep their businesses open, and other tools to help navigate the pandemic.

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