Against the backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic, Open Social Innovation formats received a boost to identify and assess societal challenges, as well as to foster creativity and to inspire better policymaking and citizen-centred design of solutions. In this session we discuss the question to what extent these formats can have a sustainable impact and contribute to the common good. Have public administrations found a new working method to drive change and innovation? And if so, under what conditions and for what objectives are they a suitable instrument?
To answer these questions, we will talk with makers and implementers of the hackathon #WirVsVirus and UpdateDeutschland under the auspices of the German Federal Chancellery, the #SmartDevelopmentHack of the Federal Ministry for Economic Cooperation and Development (BMZ) and the European Commission (EC), and the international, digital ideas competition #SolutionsForCities of the Federal Ministry of the Interior, Building and Community.