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Want to Change a High School Kid’s Life? Show Them This…
This post was written by Clinton Bonner of TopCoder, you can follow him on Twitter here. Change, we hear an awful lot about it, yet change remains extraordinarily hard to produce. We know our economy isn't producing as many jobs as it needs to propel us out of these long-lasting doldrums. We know there is a sincere lack of technological talent being created through the American education system.
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Why the Dallas Mavericks are Crowdsourcing their Next Logo and How they Could Have Done it Better
Mark Cuban, the Dallas Mavericks (NBA basketball) energetic and unapologetic owner, has caused quite the stir with one simple blog post. The premise: Help the Mavs design their new uniforms. Who can participate? Anyone and everyone. Yes, Crowdsourcing isn't new at this point and we have all now seen, for several years running, the Doritos "Crash the Superbowl" winning submissions aired during the
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How to Take Your Mobile Application Strategy Global, Faster
Culture; it’s a funny thing. What is popular in one nation, heck even in one region of a single nation, might be wildly un-popular in the next. For instance my college roommate loved the band Rush, and he wasn’t even Canadian. A more serious and simpler example is the meaning of color (what it represents) throughout varied cultures and societies. Just look at our usage of the color red in
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Pro Sports and the Quantified Self: Why This Has Nothing to Do With Moneyball
The Buffalo Bills made headlines in the NFL circuit at the end of the last regular season - after making few headlines during the year - stating that their executive team was creating a dedicated advanced analytics wing to embrace this new era of Big Data. The announcement was met with some early criticism; mostly focusing on the dynamism that is pro football versus the celebrated success of
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4 Things to Never Do When Managing Open Innovation Competitions
We hear a lot of talk in the greater Open Innovation "space" that is often quite esoteric in nature. Rhetoric that talks of the wonders of the wisdom of the crowd, yet fails to offer a sincere level of granularity as to what really makes an Open Innovation community "tick" or how to manage an Open Innovation process so that you can achieve scale. After all, if you are entering Open Innovation to
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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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