New Alan Turing Institute to Open

Alan_Turing_photoAlan Turing, one of the most brilliant minds of the 20th century is rightly being lauded again for his achievements thanks to interest in his work generated by the biopic The Imitation Game.

His legacy will live on in the soon to be opened Alan Turing Institute in the UK.  Its headquarters will be based at the British Library in London and five universities will lead its work in maximizing the benefits of big data. (more…)

Crowdsourcing Experiment to Solve the Mystery of Edwin Drood

Dickens_Gurney_headCould crowdsourcing solve one of the world’s biggest literary mysteries?  Many Charles Dickens fans are certainly pinning their hopes on the crowd to discover what actually happened to Edwin Drood.

When the author of such classics as Great Expectations and A Christmas Carol died, he was midway through The Mystery of Edwin Drood.  With the novel laying unfished, its ending was therefore unknown. But now an innovative website going by the name of the Drood Inquiry hopes to determine the location and fate of the story’s young protagonist. (more…)

Mark Zuckerberg Crowdsourced his New Year’s Resolution

Mark_Zuckerberg,_World_Economic_Forum_2009_Annual_MeetingHe may well be one of the world’s most successful innovators, with billions of dollars in the bank, but Mark Zuckerberg thinks there is still room for improvement.  So, toward the end of 2014, the Facebook Chairman, CEO and co-founder decided to crowdsource his New Year’s resolution. Following the suggestions of 50,000 people, he’s selected one. (more…)

3 Awesome Open Innovation Challenges for Better Health

800px-DNK_ambulance_A6Need a medical innovation, a better way to treat patients or new approaches to improve health and well-being? The crowd may just have the solution that you are looking for.

The medical and healthcare industries are no strangers to open innovation and putting the brain power of the public to good use. After all, we all have vested interests in the outcomes.  Here are three open innovation challenges that have yielded breakthrough innovations:

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Superfast Hyperloop within 10 Years?

HyperloopIn 2013, a preliminary design for the futuristic Hyperloop high speed train concept was made public.  If it gets off the ground, it will shave hours off journey times, ease congestion and cut pollution levels.  Now, a group of engineers from Boeing, NASA and SpaceX want to make it a reality and they say they can do it within 10 years.  They were brought together by crowd collaboration platform JumpStartFund.

The Hyperloop transport system was envisioned by entrepreneur and business magnate Elon Musk and features a network of above-ground tubes that can send passengers from LA to San Francisco in 30 minutes at a speed of 800 miles per hour.  This is approximately twice the cruising speed of some passenger planes.  (more…)