Innovation Madness 2016

United States Air Forces in Europe and Air Forces Africa wings submitted 378 innovations, many of which can be replicated by various units around the command or even the Air Force. This year’s innovations added up to $15 million in monetary benefits and 174,000 labor-hours saved. The second annual competition differs from last year’s inaugural edition by awarding the $250,000 pot of money in six categories as opposed to last year’s “winner takes all” format. USAFE-AFAFRICA’s Innovation and Transformation Council hopes the various prizes will incentivize more Airmen to think innovation year-round, day-to-day, and foster a culture of empowered, innovative thinkers. (U.S. Air Force graphic/ Tech. Sgt. Ryan Crane)

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