The Reason Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing Work in Only 5 Sentences
Why? Why do people enter software coding competitions, crowdsourced design contests and compete against hundreds of their peers in algorithmic problem solving challenges? Because they choose to. We’ve discussed in the past the power of self-selection, what it does to the individual human who is choosing their path, choosing the project(s) they care to work on and the immensely positive impact self-selection has on their productivity, ingenuity and outputs.
Below is a five sentence discussion that took place between TopCoder’s Director of Events and Educational Programs, Jessie D’Amato Ford [jmpld40] and a TopCoder software development copilot [cyberjag]. This short exchange summarizes exactly why developing assets and digital solutions via a community like TopCoder works so well.
Do What You Love
Yes, the above is both a candid moment and a microcosm of why community in Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing works so well. It boils down to one simple thought. When a human being can choose the projects they work on based on both their specialized skill-sets and what type of work they actually want to be doing, the outputs benefit. When outputs benefit, solutions are more thoughtful, designs are sharper, user experiences are more innovative and more value is created.
Can Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing be this simple? Yes.
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Special thanks to TopCoder community member [cyberjag] for inspiring this post.