Now why would the government be running contests when these are private sector jobs and services that are being requested? Wouldn’t this also create real jobs and contracts? Check out what I found on Walmart Classifieds this evening:
Well now, as I am as curious as all get out, I pop on to the Challenge.gov site directly. Lo and behold there are several to many contests listed and some crazy monies (these of course belong to the taxpayers) to be awarded to winners? Like this one
Created by U.S. Department of Energy
The L Prize competition will substantially accelerate America’s shift from inefficient, dated lighting products to innovative, high-performance products. Sponsored by the U.S. Department of Energy, the L Prize is the first government-sponsored tec…$15,000,000
Then I spot at the bottom of the various contest pages this note:
Challenge.gov is an official website of the U.S. government.
Administered by the U.S. General Services Administration
in partnership with Challenge Post.
So I click on the partner ChallengePost.com and open it up to see more contests including this one that just blows the mind Apps for Development Posted by the World Bank, Washington, DC.
The World Bank is challenging the public to create innovative software applications that move us a step closer toward solving some of the world’s most pressing problems.
POSTED BYThe World Bank, Washington, DCThe World Bank WANTS
AND$45,000 HAS BEEN PLEDGED TO
WHOEVER SOLVES IT
I see all of this several ways:
Culling for cheap ideas
Avoiding creating jobs
Building a data base of creative innovators
Taking advantage of today’s youth
Buying votes through “hope” of fame and fortune
Avoiding bids by the government and just who will be winning these “contests”
Talk about backdooring and potential nepotism to friending awards, I’m just saying!
All On The Taxpayers Backs, the government spending money but providing no jobs… again!