Over the years, Booz Allen has seen how ideas and innovation can change the shape and nature of our clients’ mission and business. From change management to systems engineering to cybersecurity, Booz Allen has always been at the forefront of delivering the newest thinking. A critical part of that success has been encouraging innovation from our employees and then developing and nurturing those sparks of creativity.
Cultivating Our Greatest Asset
The Ideas Festival combines both of those robust traditions – developing game-changing ideas and developing our people. “We believe that the best ideas come from the folks who are working on the frontlines with clients,” says Senior Vice President Gary Labovich. “And the best ideas aren’t necessarily the biggest ideas. Some so-called small ideas have made big impacts with clients and the firm.”
“The firm’s commitment to supporting staff innovation helps set Booz Allen apart,” adds Senior Vice President Karen Dahut. “The Ideas Festival is the firm’s signature innovation effort, designed to identify and incubate new ideas and solutions for the marketplace. The Ideas Festival consists of two parts: an Ideas Contest where consultants vie for the opportunity to win investment funding to turn their ideas into business plans; and an Ideas Summit, a daylong workshop focused on discussion and collaboration around innovation. The event guarantees significant exposure across the firm for our employees’ innovative ideas, and since the original Ideas Festival was held in 2008, it has continued to evolve and become an institutionalized part of our culture.