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Advancing Humanoid Kind: NASA’s Robonaut to Star in Two Open Robotics Competitions
Robonaut 2 is the only humanoid ever to travel to space. It also lives on the International Space Station, so as far as the hierarchy of real robots goes, this is likely the coolest humanoid in the world, sorry 3-PO we did say "real", and, we did say "cool". So what happens when NASA has the bright idea to source the world and ask the TopCoder community to create brand new algorithms that can
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The Power of Social Media in Open Innovation Success
What is the power of a tweet? Can it change the world? This week we helped NASA launch an ambitious Open Innovation challenge wherein they are asking the world of algorithmists, coders, and hackers to create a superior algorithm that optimizes the positioning of the large solar panels on the International Space Station (ISS) with the purpose of harvesting the most amount of energy possible without
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Energy Harvesting on the ISS: NASA’s Newest Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing Challenge
"Space... the final frontier." For many sci-fi fans - myself included in the geek-dom - that iconic opening line from Star Trek speaks to the vast openness of both the physicality of space and the opportunities that lay ahead for us humans. As we continue to explore and experiment in space, a newer technique for innovating continues to emerge and evolve here on Earth. Open Innovation challenges
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3 Videos You Have to See: How an Open Innovation Community Created Assets for an Open Innovation Community
How would an Open Innovation community such as TopCoder go about having professional web video created for our site? Well, it's a pretty simple answer when you think about it. We of course tapped a super-talented community of video professionals and hosted an open competition. Now, you might be saying, sure this is old hat by now. Need something, launch a contest, get something - What's the big
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2nd Screen Innovation: What Seahawks QB Russell Wilson and a 5 Year Old Can Teach Us
It was just shortly after Hurricane Irene - that hit the Tri-State area in 2011 - when I noticed a few of my trees were either downed or in severely bad shape. After a visit from our friendly arborist, a few trees were removed from my yard and I was thinking; "Yes!!! I can now get DirecTV." and because of that, I could purchase the NFL Sunday Ticket and lo and behold, I would be able to
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2013: The Year of the Sensor – Your Year to Innovate in the Physical Realm
The One Word Answer "Sensors..." It was the one word start of an answer he gave as he reached into his pocket for his mobile device. Sitting in a conference room at the start-up incubator - LaunchBox Digital located in D.C. - I remember thinking, he reminds me of "House M.D." minus the cane, and nicer. The question he began to answer was a simple one: "What's the next big thing in technology?"
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The Open Innovation Solution to a Big Data Biomedics Challenge [INFOGRAPHIC]
Big Data, if that isn't the "winning" tech buzzword of 2012 we don't know what is. You can't turn on your TV or roam the blogosphere without being inundated with articles and pieces focusing on the Big Data trend. Even financial institutions are putting out very original content on the topic. If 2012 was about understanding the term, getting to know the space, and forecasting the potential impact
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The Creative Destruction of the Autonomous Automobile: 3 Industries that Will Never Be the Same
by @ClintonBon - Clinton Bonner "Things will never be the same again." As overused and trite as this phrase has become, we are still very much in and on an accelerating technology curve that assures the phrase won't go out of style anytime too soon. Whether the Ray Kurzweil predicted singularity is our fate, or if his futurist vision for the human-robot symbiosis falls a tad short, the current
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21 Amazing STEM Resources You Can Use Right Now to Change the World
This post was contributed by Jessie D’Amato Ford, Director of Events and Educational Programs at TopCoder This whole STEM problem our country faces is really eye-opening for a plethora of reasons. Want proof? See our last STEM focused post that canvassed some shocking stats on the state of STEM Ed. Ever since I became the lead on NoNameSite.com, a TopCoder initiative and on-line gaming
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Is ‘Do Nothing’ Leadership the Key to Your Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing Success?
Can you achieve more by doing less? Can you achieve much, much more, by doing very little? What if you actually were to do nothing? What would be the results? We know the answer to this don't we? Your projects, your department, the things you are in charge of would come crashing down around you and you would be out of a gig... Or maybe the exact opposite would happen. This year, at the second
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