The Defense Intelligence Agency’s (DIA) new project, called Needipedia, could speed up the procurement process for emerging technology.
End-users may post their specific technology requirements to the site, and companies may propose solutions directly. The site also includes a category to let industry submit innovations.
It can take 6 months or more for an agency to generate a new RFP, but this new platform acts like a generic Blanket Purchase Agreement (BPA), and is a kind of ’wish list’ for the agency.
The site is one element of the agency’s 2014 Open Innovation Gateway, due to be launched in January.