gamespaceCancer charity, Cancer Research UK has launched a free app to let citizen scientists help create new cures for cancers.

The software program is a game called Play to Cure: Genes in Space where players have to seek out a fictional substance that represents genetic cancer data. As they pilot their ship variations in the genetic data are being simultaneously studied.

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energyWhat does it take to generate positive results from engaging with open innovation? How can companies maximize the potential of external knowledge sources?

The European School of Management and Technology Berlin (ESMT) thinks it knows the answers. The institution has come up with three best practices following an exhaustive study of 23, 800 organizations that use online feedback mechanisms.

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1510783_805967892762852_774635400_nThe huge snow storm hitting the southern United States continues to wreak havoc with gridlocked roads, abandoned cars and stranded motorists.

In Atlanta, one of the worst affected cities many residents have turned to crowdsourcing and social media to stay informed and offer assistance to others.

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crowdsurveyWhat are your views on crowdsourcing? Do you believe it can deliver better innovations at faster speeds and more cost effectively? Does your company make use of crowdsourcing initiatives and planning more or scaling back?

Now is your chance to have your say in the 1st annual Global Crowdsourcing Survey.

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462px-Einstein-formal_portrait-35So innovation is a solo activity that can’t be taught, can’t be forced or coaxed and isn’t for everyone. Wrong!

An entertaining article in The Week explains that innovation is much simpler than people think. Along the way it busts seven common myths about innovation. They are:

Innovation is a solo activity – the popular perception is of wild-hair Einstein types tinkering away in their garden sheds until they chance upon their Eureka moments.

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g2The launch of the fourth annual Google Pwnium is imminent, with the search engine behemoth offering more than $2.7 million in prizes for anyone who can crack Google’s Chrome OS and/or browser.

Pwnium 4 will take place on March 12 at CanSecWest security conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

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800px-Anopheles_stephensiFrom designing new medicines and developing computer games to crowdfunding projects and using computer downtime, open innovation is helping to transform the global response to malaria.

According to the World Malaria Report 2013 by the World Health Organization (WHO), an estimated 3.4 billion people are at risk of malaria, of which 1.2 billion are at high risk.

While open innovation doesn’t have all the answers it can help to enhance knowledge, accelerate drug discovery and create more effective interventions. Here are three approaches where the crowd is helping:

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cars1In numerous towns and cities across the world, citizens are having more of a say in sorting out civic problems. Through open innovation and crowdsourcing initiatives thousands of people are not only involved in identifying particular challenges such as pollution, poor water quality and graffiti, but also in designing and implementing the solutions.

Local and regional authorities realize they can’t go it alone and need the smarts of those who have vested interests in the outcomes. The added bonus of these activities is they bring the governed closer to those who govern, making for a more transparent, open society.

In an article in Journal Sentinal, Satish Nambisan, a professor of entrepreneurship and technology management at the Lubar School of Business identified four roles that citizens play in civic innovation and problem solving.

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news-1Student innovators around the world have just one month left to enter the massive global Valeo Innovation Challenge. The contest is a search for a product or system that will make the cars of 2030 more intelligent and intuitive.

So far, 300 teams from 40 countries and representing 254 universities have signed up, but there’s still time to take part as the closing date for project submissions is February 14th.

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open innovationI have two wonderful daughters. The oldest is 7 years old, and in many ways, she is the most prolific, efficient and successful user of open innovation that I know, and I think that there is a lot that can be learned from how she does this.

Almost every time that my daughter has a problem that she can’t quickly solve on her own, her first thought – her very first instinct – is to go external. She outsources the solution to her problem… to me, or to my wife.

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