Crowdsourcing has been used to accomplish astounding tasks that, in the past, seemed nearly impossible. Now, with the help of high-tech imaging tools and the power of the crowd, locating the tomb of Genghis Khan could soon be added to that list. On November 9, National Geographic aired “Forbidden Tomb of Genghis Khan,” which followed Tomnod co-founder and explorer Dr. Albert Lin all over Mongolia in an attempt to uncover Genghis Khan’s resting place.
On November 2nd, 2011, CrowdEngineering announced at CrowdConf in San Francisco that it will launch a self-service platform that will revolutionize the crowdsourcing industry. Crowd4Self is now integrated with Amazon Mechanical Turk which is Amazon’s crowdsourcing forum for HIT’s (Human Intelligence Tasks) and is available in a beta format. By using MTurk’s infrastructure CrowdEngineering hopes to make crowdsourcing an integral part of the business process.
Japan’s first miniature golf franchise ‘Putter King’ has announced the release of their ‘Putter King Adventure Golf’ app on the Apple App Store. And if this news was not enough for golf playing gaming enthusiasts, those behind the game and its promotion have added to the excitement by declaring that they are crowdsourcing hole designs for the game.
Userfarm, the international video crowdsourcing platform, has launched in English. Userfarm is currently the first of its kind globally: the site provides brands, agencies and broadcasters a platform to crowdsource video content from a pool of video makers.
InnoCentive, the solutions provider that has not only a multi-channel open innovation platform, but one that is also able to provide professional challenge development services, has been appointed to General Services Administration (GSA) Schedule 541 4G, Challenges and Competition Services. With this new appointment, Innocentive can now more cost-effectively connect agencies with problem solvers within their organizations, other agencies, and InnoCentive’s Global Solver Community, which today is able to reach over 12 million problem solvers. All in all, this means that federal public sector organisations can now purchase InnoCentive’s products and services through GSA Advantage (GSA’s own website that makes the process of purchasing from scheduled contractors more efficient and less complex.)
The Concord Museum is celebrating its 125th anniversary with a special exhibition entitled “Crowdsourcing a Collection”. The exhibition, which seeks to celebrate the collection of the museum and its history by telling it in the first person, features objects which have been specially chosen by 25 guest curators.
On October 21 Chaordix, one of the leaders in crowd intelligence solutions, and Genius Crowds, a social ideation community that uses crowdsourcing to encourage the development of new products, declared a new joint venture to mutually provide manufacturing enterprises with increased access to crowdsourcing.
Daily Crowdsource today announced the start of a three part webinar series on the Future of Crowdsourcing, featuring in-depth discussions with some of Crowdsourcing’s top leaders. This series focuses on the microtasking division, and will offer viewers a chance to ask questions of Mark Allen (Clickworker), Brent Frei (Smartsheet), Claire Hunsaker (Samasource), Rob Vandenberg (Lingotek), Ville Miettinen (Microtask), & many more. The series is open to the public and free to attend. The first part takes place on Wednesday, November 9th at 10 a.m. PST.