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The 5 Traits of Effective Open Innovation Leaders
As Tom Cruise sported the infamous "Vince" t-shirt, slamming sequential billiards balls to their rightful homes, Eric Clapton sang it oh so well... It's in the way that you use it. Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing have arrived in the sense that we are no longer talking about theoretical strategy and the near-mystic wonderment of the 'wisdom of the crowds' miraculously solving a hard problem for
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Legacy System Modernization: Achieving the Complex via Open Innovation & Crowdsourcing
At this point, I believe most people are well versed on the notion of utilizing Crowdsourcing for design needs. Need a logo, or icon set; host a competition, post a purposeful prize on the right platform hooked to the right community of creatives and likely you will receive scores of different looks in a time-boxed time frame. In the grand spectrum of Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing, these types
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Innovation Alert: The Shoe that Powers Your Cell Phone
Imagine strolling down the canals of New York City with a giant, perfectly folded slice of NY pizza in hand. As you devour that wonderfully crispy, yet gooey triangle of happiness, a dreadful thought enters your happy place. Your cell phone is almost dead and, well you need it because it does everything! Then you remember; "Wait, aren't I wearing my shoes that have been generating electricity the
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3 Huge Things Big Data and Open Innovation Challenges are Helping to Transform
You've likely read enough blogs to fill a digital library focused on what Big Data was about to help humanity accomplish. We are guilty as charged here on the TopCoder blog as we've shared such tales, even illuminating how Big Data will soon improve your golf game (Fore!). It's fun to envision the 'what ifs' of technology, but it's also supremely important to spend time with two feet on the
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Are CIOs Really Losing Power and Relevancy to CMOs?
We've been hearing since late 2011 that the near future in IT and digital asset creation would showcase a not so slow demise in both the power and relevancy of the office of the CIO (Chief Information Officer). Stories such as Wired's - 2012 Will Be the Year of the Apocalyptic Reckoning for CIO's focused on Gartner predictions for the near-future and in a nutshell was stating that due to myriad
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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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Getting Young Women Into STEM Focused Careers – a $10,000 Design Contest
This post was written by Jessie D'Amato Ford - Director of Events and Educational Programs at TopCoder Have you checked out the Girls in IT report created by NCWIT (National Center for Women in Technology)? If you haven't yet, here is a visual sneak peak: Wow, right? Now the above graph is solely focused on computer science, but it's likely safe to assume that if we visualized the same stats
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The Human Cloud: It’s the End of the Work as we Know It
... and I feel fine. On March 22nd, IBM's smartplanet blog posted a concise and powerful piece by Joe McKendrick laying out the findings of a recent Accenture report focused on nontraditional workers who are participating in the freelance economy. Since TopCoder is referenced by name in the piece, we thought we'd share this well written article with our audience as well. For the original article -
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The Fundamental Difference Between TopCoder and Elance or oDesk
There comes a time when an overall market or methodology rises into the limelight where a parsing is needed to separate the players sharing this earned spot on the proverbial stage. For Crowdsourcing of software development and design, that time is likely now. Being at the very front end of our marketing and business development efforts and often finding myself talking TopCoder at live events, I
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The Current State of Technology Talent Acquisition and Retention
Please, before reading this post, we ask you to put your "logic hat" firmly on until this ride comes to a full, and complete stop. Thank you. So it seems it has come to this. DeveloperAuction just raised $2.7 million dollars and the premise, as the very straight forward name implies, allows developers to set up personal sites that showcase their ability with the hopes of landing a new gig. For a
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