The list of problems that need to be solved is growing almost as fast as our solutions are. Some are concerned about the lack of food and water security, others worry about access to education and a whopping 45.2% of millennials think today’s most pressing problem is the destruction of natural resources. But with the proliferation of problems, organizations and enterprises are broadening their search for innovative solutions and many of them are looking to the crowd for ideas.
2016 was a big year for crowdsourcing. In our final edition of What’s New for the year, we clearly see how crowdsourcing is being used to create transparency and provide citizens with an active voice in our local governments. Crowdsourcing continues to play an important part in new product development for large and small companies, and our new capacities to collect scientific and locational data is proving to be game-changing. Check out the latest news stories from around the world.
Synack’s Jay Kaplan discusses how the cybersecurity startup he heads mitigates concerns stemming from the practice of using crowdsourced hackers around the world to identify vulnerabilities in the systems of private companies and government agencies that serve as customers. Synack’s safeguards include rigorous vetting and tracking, as well as placing high “bounties” on the most serious vulnerabilities.
The election of 2016 will certainly be one for the history books. Regardless of your political leanings, there was one sure thing to celebrate during this election cycle. The Innovate Your State Fix California Challenge—a crowdsourcing campaign aimed at promoting public participation in order to determine ways to improve government—had an initiative on the ballot in California!
Many of our customers have asked “what are the most important organizational values to nurture innovation?” Some of them may seem obvious or (at least) familiar: transparency, the embrace of digital solutions, the ability to celebrate failure, but we’re coming to discover that the most important value that you can embrace as part of your innovation programs is diversity.
For many years, companies were convinced of the competitive advantage of closed research and development. They jealously protected their intellectual property behind closed doors and dramatically revealed it to the public after years of development. This old model has since been replaced by open innovation.
Attention innovators: here’s your chance to showcase tech & science projects and benefit from international promotion among a tech-oriented crowd, media, industry representatives and business professionals for free. The digital campaign, “Bringing tech&science closer to people,” carried out under the auspices of UNESCO, is here to celebrate innovators and inventors and the world-changing solutions they are working on.
Innovation proves vital for companies across industries, but carries key importance in the technology field. Mainstream perception of the tech industry conjures illustrations of cutting edge, never-before-seen products poised to disrupt and revolutionize daily lives.
November 3, 2016: There’s no longer any doubt that the democratization of designing, planning and decision making for just about anything is here to stay. In fact, these days it seems that no problem is too big or complex for the crowd. In this edition of What’s New we can see crowdsourcing being used to substitute a traditional justice system, write a country’s new constitution, plan the next generation of smart-cities, search for cleaner water, investigate the Moon and Jupiter, and the list goes on.
Crowdsourcing is often associated with start-ups and blue-chip companies who are trying to innovate, but it has the potential to reach far beyond those with seed money and infinite endowments. The beauty of crowdsourcing is that it is rooted in grassroots fundamentals—an environment that is ideal for non-profit businesses.
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.
Given the difficulties in developing and working with metrics and measures for open innovation and ecosystems, I have pulled together some inspiration and insights from several articles.
September 15, 2016: In recent weeks we continue to see big name brands tap into the creativity of the crowd for product and service design ideas. In the arts, Beatles fans and Indian citizens contributed footage for new documentaries. Health agencies are using the wisdom of the crowd to find solutions to drug-resistant bacteria and new online platforms help catalog our galaxy. Law enforcement is improving traffic and street safety via crowdsourcing apps; in Oslo a new app is designed and used by children. In an interesting turn of events, crowdsourcing has converted into a system of checks and balances between law enforcement and society. After recent stories of police misconduct in the US, its citizens are now providing data from inside the courthouses to monitor unjust hearings.
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The European Crowd Experts In partnership with the EU Commission, the country Styria, WKO Steiermark, the city of Graz will be the second hosting city to gather the European Crowd experts. All driven by a common goal: enabling the crowd for a greater good. Stakeholder from all 28 European member states represented by dedicated Country […]
September 1, 2016: From biohazard suit design to the latest watches, bass guitars, marketing videos, xenophobic violence data, and writing the next big pop song, crowdsourcing is being used to brainstorm new ideas, gather more data and build with better design for just about anything you can imagine. Here are the biggest news stories to wrap up the summer 2016.