Nova Scotia government launching public sector ‘innovation garage’ with IBM

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The Nova Scotia government has launched a public sector innovation garage in collaboration with IBM.

Housed in Halifax, the garage will be a dedicated space that will enable a new approach to delivering public sector programs and services. Within the workspace, IBM will offer expertise, methodologies, tools, software, and processes. Technology business partners SAP, Microsoft, and Apple will also participate.

“We are committed to developing new and better ways to meet the diverse, changing needs of the public sector and Nova Scotians,” said Patricia Arab, Minister of Internal Services. “This is not a traditional approach to innovation. The garage is a place where we can safely generate and test ideas, and explore and experiment with possible solutions.”

Other public sector partners can also use the garage; the Nova Scotia Community College (NSCC) is one of the organizations working to find out how it can participate.

“Our goal is to work with the Government of Nova Scotia to build innovative solutions that will deliver improved services to the people of this province,” said Claude Guay, general manager of global business services at IBM Canada. “With the innovation garage, we can quickly prove new solutions leveraging artificial intelligence, analytics, blockchain, internet of things, and IBM Cloud.”