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:


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…)

How You Can Help Find a Cure for Ebola

Ebola_virus_emThe Ebola outbreak may be fading from the headlines, but it is still a huge problem that is claiming thousands of lives.  To help speed up the development of a definitive cure for the devastating disease, the Scripps Research Institute is enlisting members of the crowd to use their computer downtime to carry out critical research.

Erica Ollmann Saphire, a Professor at Scripps, said: “We have the information in my lab that will tell us how to fight it [the virus]. But we need computational power to calculate which drugs will best fit in the targets that we find.”


Countdown to the Inaugural World Open Innovation Conference

napavalleyopeninnovationconferenceHave you got your tickets?  This week sees the very first  World Open Innovation Conference.  Leading industry and academic figures will gather in Napa Valley, California on December 4-5 for two days of research, lectures, presentations and brainstorming, designed to forge stronger links between business practice and academia. (more…)

Intelligence Community Embraces Open Source and Crowdsourcing

720px-US-NationalGeospatialIntelligenceAgency-2008Seal.svgIn a recent radio interview, the chief information officer of the USA’s National Geospatial-Intelligence Agency (NGA) restated the organisation’s support and investment in crowdsourcing solutions.  Speaking on Federal News Radio, Dave White highlighted the GitHub platform and the need for wider collaboration.

The GitHub platform is an open innovation portal that allows registered users to help the agency develop apps across 16 areas, including anti-piracy and tools for first responders.


Why Problem Solvers Love IdeaConnection

emerging-technologies-160IdeaConnection’s problem solvers are drawn from diverse disciplines, countries and cultures. They work together in small teams to solve open innovation challenges for businesses and for the common good.

At any one time a team could consist of an engineer, biologist, chemist and physicist. In their own words, here are some of the reasons why these brilliant minds enjoy stretching their creative problem solving muscles.