Gov. Pat McCrory’s program to test drive technology before state agencies buy it has won recognition from a governmental research center at Harvard University.
The N.C. Innovation Center – also called the iCenter – was one of 124 “Bright Ideas” honorees designated this month by the Ash Center for Democratic Governance and Innovation.
Begun in 2013, the iCenter brings private vendors, students and state officials together in a “try before you buy” lab. The center says more than $6 million worth of technology has been tested through the center, which receives no state funding.
Chris Estes, the state’s chief information officer, led the effort to establish the center, which has become a model for other states.