What’s New in Crowdsourcing?

October 4, 2016: These days the wisdom of the crowd is helping with everything from decoding war correspondence from 150 years ago to studying breast cancer and preventing terrorism. The conservative parties in both the US and UK are even asking the crowd for help— on topics previously reserved for top strategists.


Cities & Government

crowdsourcing-news-hereHere, a Digital Mapping Service, Uses Crowd-Sourcing to Plot Roads

How do you compete with Google’s Waze? Here, a digital mapping company based in Berlin, believes that it has answered that question. On Monday, it revealed a new service that warns drivers about accidents and locates open parking spaces by extracting data from cameras and sensors inside hundreds of thousands of cars. It gives the company increased firepower to rival other digital mapmakers. Waze is a navigation app that pools information from millions of smartphones to plot traffic patterns and alert drivers about accidents and constructions. Google is also using it to help commuters join carpools in San Francisco.

crowdsourcing-news-donald-trumpDonald Trump asks for debate feedback, preparation tips ahead of next Clinton clash

Eleven days out from the second U.S. presidential debate, Donald Trump‘s campaign is crowdsourcing ideas for how the GOP nominee might attack rival Hillary Clinton. Trump’s campaign sent an email on Wednesday to supporters, titled “Trump Debate Preparation Survey,” that says, “I need your immediate feedback from the first debate in order to win the second one.” Most of the survey questions in the email are on issues brought up during Monday night’s debate, but some go as far as addressing the framing of his opponent – a topic often reserved for a campaign’s top strategists.

crowdsourcing-news-brexitWe’re crowd-sourcing a DIY plan for leaving the EU

To date, over 250,000 people have taken part in the 38 Degrees “DIY Brexit” consultation. They’ve joined conference calls, co-edited google docs, and, between them, answered over eight million survey questions. Leavers and remainers from all walks of life have been sharing their views, and helping to draw up a set of principles and priorities for how they think Brexit should work, covering key areas such as the NHS, the economy, trade, immigration, rights, and the environment.


Business & Technology

crowdsourcing-news-hackheroneHackerOne CEO: ‘We’re building the world’s biggest security talent agency’

Marten Mickos, a veteran executive with companies from MySQL to Sun, Nokia and HP, was not particularly excited about his meeting to explore a leadership role with HackerOne, a fledgling security company. Security is hard, it’s unpleasant, it doesn’t work very well. But he perked up fast after learning about HackerOne’s crowdsourced model of finding and fixing security flaws – a model in which HackerOne plays a key matchmaking role between companies and ethical hackers in a rapidly growing marketplace of skills and needs. After all, Mickos – who joined as CEO in November, 2015 – knows well the power of crowdsourcing, having served as chief executive of open source companies Eucalyptus and MySQL.

crowdsourcing-news-ofcomOfcom starts crowd-sourced research for better mobile services

Telecom regulator Ofcom has invited UK’s 20 million Android smartphone users to join its crowd-sourced research project for better mobile phone services. Mobile users can join a panel of volunteers to gather information about mobile coverage, reliability of voice calls, mobile broadband performance and users’ experiences and habits by downloading the Ofcom Mobile Research app. The app measures the performance of mobile and Wi-Fi networks in UK. There’s no need for users to manually run any tests. App’s home screen will show the highlights of its findings. The mobile user will be asked to briefly rate how well they feel their service is performing.

crowdsourcing-news-nor-shippingNor-Shipping Crowd-Sourcing Sustainable Solutions

Nor-Shipping will work with key industry players and networks to identify unresolved industry issues and then use social media to engage young people to find solutions. The initiative, Problem to Profit, marks another move against convention, says Nor-Shipping, tapping into fresh talent while building bridges between established players and future leaders.
“Shipping is a driver for world development and prosperity, but the industry faces mounting challenges and needs to develop a more sustainable path forwards,” explains Nor-Shipping Director Birgit Liodden. “This new concept will engage a broad spectrum of young people – from those already working in the industry to business entrepreneurs, students and those simply interested in sustainability – in a search for ideas and solutions that established shipping actors may not have considered.

crowdsourcing-news-orin-sportsCrowdsourced company values in the clothing sector

This August, the US based startup opened an anonymous online survey, asking respondents to vote on three areas of the company’s development: the product; the manufacture; and the marketing. Those taking part could decide on which would be the first products to launch, choosing anything from sports bras to leggings. They could also vote on where production would be based, in the US, Colombia or Sri Lanka for example; the level of sustainability of the factory; and whether factory workers would receive minimum or living wage. Each of these decisions had an impact on the price which was updated in real-time on the survey page as voters made their decisions.

crowdsourcing-news-reebokGlobal fitness guru Emily Skye partners with Reebok to launch a crowd-sourced training shoe

With the help of Ms Skye’s eleven-million-strong social media following, the Gold Coast-dwelling 30-year-old will work directly with her fans around the world, crowd-sourcing their ideas and preferences for the perfect bespoke shoe. The Reebok and Emily Skye trainer will then be released at a date that is yet to be set in 2017.
Ms Skye also plans to spearhead a number of Reebok initiatives that intend to shatter the traditional perceptive of what it means to be ‘body perfect’.


Health & Nature

crowdsourcing-news-breast-cancerCrowdsourcing effort takes aim at deadliest breast cancers

With a big new project that aims to gather enormous troves of information about their diseases in hopes of finding new and better ways of treating patients like them — women whose cancer has spread, or metastasized, and left them nearly out of options. The idea is to gather molecular and genetic clues from as broad a group of metastatic breast cancer patients as possible. With data from thousands of people, researchers think they will be better able target treatments or come up with new ones by answering important questions about the disease. For example: Is there something unique about tumors that spread to the brain, or that recur many years after diagnosis? What allows a very few women to outlive others by many years despite the same prognosis?

crowdsourcing-news-zikaUniversity of Arizona app uses crowdsourcing to fight Zika

In response to the Zika outbreak, University of Arizona’s College of Public health researchers and the UA Bio Computing Facility have released a crowd-sourcing mobile app to track the disease and help detect outbreaks. The community-based disease detection system, Kidenga, allows public health investigators to both track mosquito-populations within a community and identify those experiencing Zika symptoms. According to researchers, the app also provides users with confirm-cases, educational materials and real-time mosquito activity.


Takeda gets into the digital health crowdsourcing game with depression app challenge

Depression joined at the hip with digital health tools seems to be a hot area in at the moment. Pfizer launched a mood tracking app the Moodivator earlier this month to help people with depression track their mood as part of their treatment, set goals and establish routines. In August, Iodine began offering an app developed through Apple CareKit to manage depression in a clinical setting. At Health 2.0 this week, Takeda Pharmaceuticals held a competition to find a digital health application for Multiple Depressive Disorder.

crowdsourcing-news-wwf-nzWWF calls on innovators to step up for NZ conservation competition

Innovators, creators and inventors are being called to step forward to help boost tech’s involvement in conservation, and $25,000 is up for grabs to make those innovative dreams a reality. Resources are a huge problem for those working on frontline conservation projects, so the organisation is looking for innovators, and it will all be done through crowdsourcing. “We’re really keen to hear about any ideas, gadgets, tools or innovative projects that tackle conservation obstacles, like controlling invasive pests, improving water quality or saving native species,” explains Michele Frank, WWF head of New Zealand projects. The 2016 WWF-New Zealand Conservation Innovation Awards are seeking entries directly through an online crowdsourcing process, where applicants can join a community for proposing, critiquing and refining their ideas in real time.


Finance & Society

crowdsourcing-news-civil-war-telegrams‘Decoding the Civil War’: Tech unlocks Union telegrams

Today we use our digital devices to text, tweet, and email, but during the Civil War, telegrams were deployed to do things like request artillery or even to say “We have met with a serious disaster.” Now, a new project is bringing thousands of telegrams that carried information between Union officers, Abraham Lincoln, and his cabinet into the digital age. The work is being done by “citizen archivists” on the Zooniverse website, which is a place for the public to help with large projects that need crowdsourcing, like identifying animals captured by cameras on the Serengeti.

crowdsourcing-news-safetyUsing Crowdsourced Intelligence Gathering To Prevent Incidents

When New York bombing suspect Ahmad Rahami was captured in under four hours Monday, it proved reactionary crowdsourced intelligence gathering works. But how can these types of incidents be prevented before they occur? As part of their duty of care obligation, companies like Hearst, one of the nation’s largest diversified media, information and services companies, are turning to next generation solutions like LiveSafe, the world’s leading mobile safety platform, to help avert incidents before they occur. Prevention of possible incidents have become a top priority for companies. If an employee sees a suspicious duffel bag or know someone who could become a threat, who do they tell? LiveSafe answers these questions by taking the concept of “see something, say something” to the next level, allowing employees to do something.