Office of Innovation



The Harris County Innovation Laboratory is the proponent for accelerated innovation at the County.


Accelerate the discovery, implementation, and transition of new and novel technology applications, policy models, sustainability solutions and business solutions models from diverse sources throughout the globe that will enhance Harris County resident services.

About us

Our marching orders are to always be open to ideas. Establishing an office of innovation is a crucial step towards fostering creativity, efficiency, and increasing capability. This initiative aims to harness novel ideas, cutting-edge technologies, and collaborative approaches to address business issues, enhance public service, and drive forward-thinking process and policy.

By cultivating a culture of innovation, we seek to proactively meet the needs of our citizens, embrace change, and spearhead impactful transformation. Our strategy revolves around creating cohorts to enable collaboration, accelerate idea development, and rapid prototyping, helping set a roadmap for the enhancement and innovation of services offered to our departments and the 4m+ residents we serve.

The Harris County Innovation Laboratory will deliver value to County Departments by addressing three areas.

How to Discover

Define complex problems within the innovation community of practice, informed with data in all priority areas for the County.

How to Accelerate

Activate networks of stakeholders, technicians and technologists, vendor partners and entrepreneurs.

How to Implement

Develop new opportunity-solution combinations use cases through research and development, and vendor partnerships.

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AI Cohort

Exploring Artificial intelligence and its related technologies to augment our workforce and helping better our services to our residents and County functions.
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EV Cohort

Exploring electric vehicle strategies and technologies for business optimization and climate impact.
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Drone Cohort

Exploring drone technologies for planning, safety and productivity.
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Cyber Cohort

Exploring cyber technologies for network security.