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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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  • Finding a Path Through Civic Tech: Asking What Technology Can Do For Our World

    October 04, 2021Medium

    As a Media Arts & Sciences major — an interdisciplinary program that combines computer science and studio art and art history courses — this summer I set out to explore a field I’d previously only caught a glimpse of in my classes: civic technology. Motivating my decision to join the New Jersey Office of Innovation as a Software Engineering Civic Innovation Corps member was a question that has often made me think twice about my studies: what can technology do for our world today?

  • Innovating an Inclusive Open Innovation Challenge

    September 02, 2021Medium

    Open innovation challenges — an open call to find the best ideas, products, or solutions around a particular question, problem, or issue — have become increasingly common among businesses and governments to foster innovation. While theoretically egalitarian, long application processes, narrow outreach and lack of creative recruiting strategies limit participation.

  • EDA: New Jersey ranks 3rd in distributing grants to small business

    July 27, 2021Politico

    New Jersey ranks third among states in how much in grants it has distributed to small businesses during the pandemic, according to an analysis from the state’s Economic Development Authority. According to the analysis, which was compiled based on publicly available data, New Jersey has distributed $759 million in grants to small businesses.

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