Crowdsourcing is distributed problem-solving method and production model. Usually, the problems are broadcast to an unknown group of solvers and a open call is given for solution. Users, known as the crowd, typically form into online communities, and the crowd submits solutions. The crowd participates in sorting through the solutions, finding the best ones. These best solutions are then owned by the entity that broadcasted the problem called the crowdsourcer and the winning individuals in the crowd are usually rewarded.
Crowdsourcing is a powerful concept that harnesses the power of a community, using advanced social media technology and knowledge of crowd behaviour, to collect, evolve and rank ideas and contributions to reveal the strongest performers.
Crowdsourcing can shorten time to market for new products, help in uncovering ways to cut costs or improve service levels, and increase market success for new products or enhancements. Open Innovation is a form of Cloudsourcing.
Crowdsourcing technology is used by companies, organizations and governments to rapidly and economically understand market needs, opportunities and priorities.
Here in this article we cover the top web 2.0 sites that are aimed at providing a platform for crowsourcing:
Launched in 2006, Cambrian House began as a crowdsourcing community to discover new businesses and technology ideas. It attracted 50,000+ members and more than 7000 ideas from the crowd. With the power of their own innovation, Cambrian House developed Chaordix the technology to harness a crowd for breakthrough ideas.
The Chaordix crowdsourcing platform is a proven, flexible engine to tap communities for vital business intelligence to innovate, improve operations, and reduce the risks of competing in the marketplace.
Chaordix makes it simple to seek and interpret input from a crowd that gives advantage to your enterprise.
What sets the Chaordix technology apart is its scalability to handle large crowds, ability to minimize bias in voting and crowd behaviour, and social networking sophistication that helps to engage both similar and disparate crowds.
IdeaScale offers a way for companies to ask for ideas and allow customers to rate, discuss, and brainstorm for the company. It begins with an idea posted to IdeaScale community by a user. Each idea can be expanded through comments by the community. Through voting system, the ultimate measure of an idea is determined. Any idea can be voted to the top or buried back down to the bottom. It combines the “wisdom of the crowds” concept with Web 2.0 models like Digg.
IdeaScale is the most powerful, feature rich idea management tool available.
The ideas generated within your portal should be owned by you – not part of some larger community where your brand is compromised. An IdeaScale portal allows you to choose the look and feel of your portal to match your own identity. Customize your portal with CSS to match your brand, right down to the URL (ideas.mycompany.com, etc). Export your ideas to Excel/CSV files for offline reporting.
IdeaScale provides powerful integration tools right out of the box such as: iPhone support, wiki support, and Twitter/Facebook integration.
IdeaScale is a hosted, turn key solution for collecting ideas – no managed servers servers and software required to install.
The CrowdSpirit platform proposes a new model based on crowdsourcing that enables businesses to involve innovators from outside the company directly in the design of innovative products and services.
In CrowdSprit, you submit ideas in response to a challenge set by a company. Then you are invited by the business to join the project team jointly developing the idea with the company. You will have the pleasure and privilege of being the first to use this innovative new product/service.
Here is how it works in 7 steps:
1. The business sets a challenge and the criteria for selecting the best ideas in the incubator.
2. Innovators submit, vote on and discuss the ideas.
3. The best participants are invited by the company to join the project team
4. The project team summarizes up to three concepts based on discussions of the ideas submitted in the incubator.
5. These concepts are presented in the elevator to all innovators who choose whether to validate them or not.
6. The company shares the winnings, if any, equitably among the members of the project team according to the rule => all members of the project team receive the same reward .
7. The company may or may not decide to prolong the project by inviting the project team to take part in its development in the idea in action space.
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MobIncentive.com is all about collective incentives. We allow people to set up an incentive for getting something done and let everyone else in the world “pile on” to the idea. If enough people get behind an idea and “put their money where their mouths are”, things will get done. Through MobIncentive, you can share your idea with the world and see who else wants to pile on and get something done. Attract enough fame and fortune to your idea and you may change the world. MobIncentive.com works through collective incentives. Anyone can post an idea or challenge, and anyone can “pile on” to ideas they like with fame and/or fortune. As people “put their money where their mouths are” the reward for taking action on that idea grows. You can collect the money from an idea by submitting a solution that is picked by the idea’s judge