Swipe right to fix the world: can Tinder-like tech match solutions to problems?

There is a proliferation of technology that helps us match talent with need. If privacy is protected in the process, this development could have a high impact

Everyday, millions of people use apps like Tinder to find a romantic match. What if governments used similar technology to match the skills of citizens with the most pressing challenges of our time?

The federal government already turns to the public for help online. Challenge.gov, which celebrated its fifth anniversary this fall, showcases requests by government agencies to the public to tackle hard problems in exchange for cash prizes and other incentives. The initiative capitalizes on the simple idea that knowledge is widely dispersed in society and more people will share their innovative insights if asked.

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