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How this Elevator Company Lifted E-Service by Using Crowdsourcing and Open Innovation
Press a button, elevator goes up, push another button, elevator goes down. Elevators have been around for centuries, and the origins of modern elevators go as far back as ancient Roman history. Even the first Otis passenger elevator was installed all the way back in 1857 in a New York City building on Broadway. So, to say the elevator has a long history is quite the understatement. Yet, we ofContinue Reading
How Uber Applied Gamification and Improved This Real World Experience
With his acoustic guitar held well above his shoulders, Wesley Schultz - front-man for radio darling the Lumineers – ended the encore, which ended what had been an incredible evening of soulful harmonies, bittersweet melodies and audience entwined sing-along. With a “thank you” and “goodnight!” the crowd offered back one last sound-crest of whistles, cheers, and waves. Then as the mostlyContinue Reading
Managing Innovation: Crowd vs. Community
This post was written by TopCoder founder Jack Hughes. One of the earliest decisions we made at the founding of TopCoder was that, before we would build anything else, we would build a community and refer to the people using our platform (at the time, non-commercial algorithm contests to have fun and learn) as a community and individuals within it as members. Today, we don’t really even thinkContinue Reading
Can Open Innovation and Crowdsourcing Prevent Atrocity?
Atrocity. What images and thoughts come to your mind? However you envision it in your head, it is safe to say we all feel pangs of sadness as we picture what that word means to us and what it means to those who find themselves suffering through an experience in life that no person should endure. But what if along with the automatic sadness there was also hope and real belief that the peopleContinue Reading
Big Data: Too Big to Ignore
You know something has gone mainstream when you're watching your favorite sitcom or some new viral video on YouTube and a beautifully crafted commercial from Cisco hits you, describing the Internet of Everything and how these new connections will both generate and be driven by Big Data solutions. So as this "mainstreaming" is occurring, what should you do? Instead of glomming on to the hype, itContinue Reading
The 3 Biggest Things the “Crowd” Learned at Crowdopolis
There was a literal 800 lb. gorilla in the room at the Digital Sandbox on Broad St. in lower Manhattan this week. Well, OK, it was still figurative, but the Crowdsourcing focused event Crowdopolis, put on by the team behind the Daily Crowdsource, ended late February with a bang. With plenty of coffee and Crowdsourcing focused content and presentations, the lively crowd - representing a mix rangingContinue Reading
Why this Quincy Jones Educational Startup is Bigger than its Gamification and Social Media Parts
Frequent the TopCoder Blog? You may notice we have an affinity for music and especially innovation within the greater music sphere. Perhaps it's the global appeal of music or just how it makes us feel, but we dig those rhythm and blues. Possibly it's due (our affinity) to the industry itself being one of the first to be disrupted in the digital era - via Apple applying a killer software-deviceContinue Reading
4 Reasons For You to Atomize Your Open Innovation Initiatives
"Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs." - Henry Ford Perhaps Mr. Ford was onto something with this one and "perhaps" he was decades ahead of his time as well. We of course say that a bit tongue-in-cheek considering the man revolutionized manufacturing. But we use this quote specifically because today, it can be repurposed to fit the entirely new paradigm of Open InnovationContinue Reading
The Important Role of Collaborative Questioning in Open Innovation
Asking questions, attaining answers; it's a very human thing to do. The very notion of Q&A has spawned some of the most valuable social networking sites we have today including Reddit and their popular AMA (Ask Me Anything) "sessions" and of course Quora, which is a social network based wholly on people asking questions and subject matter experts selecting to offer up their time to answer theContinue Reading
Collaboratively Creating an iPad Application for NASA Astronauts
Call it Crowdsourcing, call it co-creation, or just call it plain cool. The TopCoder Community is embarking on a very creative endeavor to design, develop, and produce an iPad app that will help NASA astronauts more seamlessly and accurately track their dietary intake while living aboard the International Space Station (ISS). Throw into the mix some very unique technical variables, such as thisContinue Reading
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