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Modeling Mass Collaboration Networks to Investigate Innovation Drivers and Manage Innovation Potential Open Access

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There is a paucity of research that empirically substantiates the theories presented in innovation driver literature to real-world user innovation networks. Trending hackathon-style mass collaboration events provide a microcosm in which to observe innovation as it happens. NASA’s International Space Apps Challenge is a hackathon-style mass collaboration event and our innovation network of study. We model the user innovation networks of NASA's International Space Apps Challenges and use social network analysis to empirically investigate the existence and impact of three innovation drivers to innovation potential. The three innovation drivers investigated are competition, social interaction, and network vitality. We empirically prove the innovation driver of competitive intensity exists in our networks and is an indicator of innovation success while the innovation drivers of social interaction intensity and network vitality are not.

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