Crowdsourcing & Rapid PD Comes to the Army

Gary S. Vasilash

If you’ve ever thought that development for large, bureaucratic organizations is necessarily mired in red tape, here’s something that might change your perspective: The Army CoCreate platform.

It’s an online collaboration platform that’s led by moderators trained by Local Motors, the open-source developer and producer of vehicles.


Working with the U.S. Army Rapid Equipping Force, Local Motors ais providing a means by which issues that are of concern to soldiers can be quickly addressed via prototyping workshops called “Make-a-Thons.”

It is executed like this:

1. Ideas are contributed via the Army CoCreate website. Members of the Army CoCreate community vote on ideas that should be more fully addressed.

2. People can upload their designs that address the issues.

3. Based on the ideas and designs, REF selects projects for development.

4. Prototypes are built at Make-a-Thons.

The Maneuver Center of Excellence at Fort Benning is hosting two-week long Make-a-Thons, the first December 9-13 and the second January 13-16.

The goal is to get ideas into reality double-time.

Check out this video explaining how Army CoCreate works: