The CIA Runs 'Shark Tank' Competitions Internally For New Tech Ideas
The ABC show
gives aspiring entrepreneurs a chance to pitch business investors on their ideas. And according to new reports, the
Cyberscoop reports that the CIA's internal Shark Tank -like effort is a recognition that technology acquisition inside government agencies can be slow . But with a little bit of competition (and apparently some costumes) the CIA hopes that it can help its technology specialists think outside the box.
"We have run three Shark Tanks, you know like the TV show," the CIA's chief information officer John Edwards said this week at the Public Sector Innovation Summit. "The last one we had 21 submissions. These guys get pretty creative, some dress up as different characters and present and it's a lot of fun."
Yes, it does sound like fun, I suppose. But it also sounds like the CIA is just as painfully hokey as any other white collar workplace in America. Which, I guess, is fairly accurate, aside from the fact that the agency is tasked with overthrowing governments and snooping on the entire world.
CIA employees pitch their ideas to members of the
Another ding against the CIA's latest effort at innovation? Shark Tank stars a vocal Trump critic, Mark Cuban. CIA's CIO John Edwards is probably kicking himself and wishing he'd said that their internal tech competitions were like The Apprentice .
[ Cyberscoop ]