tax1Groundbreaking innovation is not a term you readily associate with the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) but nonetheless innovations are need by the taxation agency in the United States.

So, it is turning to the crowd to help it come up with ways of improving its interactions with taxpayers.
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Mycobacterium_tuberculosisThe fight against tuberculosis has a new weapon – the crowd.  The University of Nottingham in the UK, supported by IBM’s World Community Grid has launched a new study into one of the world’s deadliest diseases – and it will involve crowdsourcing thousands of computers all over the world.
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darpaslideThe Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) in the USA wants to reward you for making homemade weapons.  No this is not a joke, but a serious crowdsourcing exercise to help tackle the threats posed by terrorists.

In its latest crowdsourcing initiative, the agency wants people to think of every conceivable way that household appliances can be weaponized.  In return, you could not only help to make the world a safer place, but be in line for a $130,000 payday.
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earth23Space archaeology is an exciting field of research that uses satellite imagery to hunt for clues of past civilizations on Earth.

And you can become a space archaeologist from the comfort of your own living room or bedroom thanks to a forthcoming online crowdsourcing platform called Global Xplorer.


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mistakes

8 Big Crowdsourcing Mistakes Crowdsourcing and open innovation can be powerful tools.  Throw out a problem, and a solution bounces back – usually quickly, and for a relatively low cost. Then why is it that so many companies fail to get everything out of crowdsourcing that they had hoped for?  The majority of the time…

1280px-The_Pentagon_January_2008No, US government officials haven’t taken leave of their senses; they’re inviting experienced and vetted hackers to test the cybersecurity infrastructure of the Department of Defense’s HQ.

This “Hack the Pentagon” initiative is the first cyber bug bounty program in the history of the federal government.


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ICE_to_Bombay_Indian_RailwaysFM radios and bio-toilets are just some of the features that could soon be a part of the travel experience on India’s railways.

The country’s government recently held a crowdsourcing exercise for new ideas to make train travel more enjoyable for both drivers and passengers. And it has announced that some of those ideas could be implemented soon.
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smogfreetowerLike a giant vacuum cleaner, the 7-meter tall Smog Free Tower sucks in polluted air from the skies above Rotterdam.  But unlike a vacuum cleaner, the building filters it using a patented ion technology and releases bubbles of smog-free air through its vents.

What’s more, the tower also turns some of the smog into jewelry.
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Handy Problem Solving Quotes

isolated-1052504_960_720Got a problem that you’re a stuck on? Haven’t come up with a work around yet? Well, give your brain a little rest and glance over these thought-provoking quotes on problem solving. They may even help to get your grey cells whirring into action once more.
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