In a hackathon hosted by the Garage48 Foundation, in Kampala, Uganda, the goal was to build new internet and mobile prototypes in 48 hours, the winner Somesha, a crowdfunding platform, believes crowd funding platforms can help impoverished students get an education.
99designs, the largest platform in the world for crowdsourcing the services of graphic designers, launched in Canada on Tuesday. The goal of opening the Canadian branch is to offer small companies an almost unlimited supply of professionally designed logos, web pages, and other artwork in the graphic design field.
The translation network Lingotek is running a contest which will award the winners two tickets for this year’s CrowdConf2011 as well as a one year access to Lingotek’s Collaborative Translation Platform – Hosted Version. All the contestants have to do is to write an essay about the importance of translation in global business.
Crowd Leader, David Alan Grier, has just been elected as incoming President of the IEEE Computer Society. IEEE is the world’s foremost membership organization for computing professionals. Grier has been the acting First Vice President and Vice President of Publications for the IEEE Computer Society for the past year. Grier’s election as President will round out his already thorough understanding of the inner workings of a trade association.
On September 28, The Economist named Marc Koska OBE, inventor of the K1 Auto-Disable (AD) syringe, as the winner of its award for social and economic innovation for the year 2011. Koska came up with the idea for the syringe in 1984 after reading an article in a newspaper that said reused syringes would become a key means of transmission for HIV/AIDS.
GE is searching for new ideas that will improve breast cancer diagnostics. The challenge has been launched in collaboration with venture capital firms Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, Venrock, Mohr Davidow and MPM Capital. The purpose is to generate new solutions faster through collaboration, and make screening and breast cancer information more accessible worldwide. By 2020 the goal is to improve the lives of 10 million patients across the globe.
The crowdsourcing and open innovation problem solving platform InnoCentive has just announced that its online scoring technology Prodigy, which is used for analytical challenges, is being upgraded with several enhancements.
The Daily Crowdsource is pleased to announce the winners of its first International Crowdsourcing Excellence Award. The ICE Award is crowdsourcing’s highest honor, and was created to recognize the individual workers that have made an impact in the crowdsourcing world based on creativity and impressive work.
The Standby Task Force and Amnesty International USA’s human rights program is recruiting volunteers to help geographically pinpoint human rights violations taking place in the Syrian rebellion. The program began in early September and asks the participants to look through up to date satellite imagery for indications of demonstrations, military action or troop movements. In the first month of the operation volunteers have found more than 2000 trouble spots. The high resolution images are provided by DigitalGlobe.