24 Startups in Asia that Caught Our Eye


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Swiftly is an online design service created by the team behind Australia-based design crowdsourcing site 99designs. The new service helps users solve their small design tasks quickly and also offers more online gigs for designers out there.

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.techinasia.com/asian-startups-list-18-august-2013/

Tags: 99designs, asian, asian-startups, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, haptix, startup, startup-list, startups, swiftly

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Jennifer Gustetic: Prizes & Challenges at NASA – Everyone Can be Rocket Scientist – CSW 2013

NASA's Challenges and Prizes Program Executive, Jennifer Gustetic, discusses Prizes & Challenges at NASA. Everyone Can be Rocket Scientist, indeed!

SOURCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9OB948gObLw&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLTYFivIv4KlyjZS3CWOKifgwmInC8F6NG

Tags: citien-scientist, citizen-science, crowdsourcing, crowdsourcing-week, csw13, jennifer-gustetic, nasa, rocket-scientist

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The Difficulty of Starting Up a Social Enterprise in a Warzone

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"[Those empowered to make a change] come from different backgrounds and aren't [always] experienced in social work or community organising," says Rebecca Chiao, co-founder of HarassMap, an Egyptian crowdsourcing tool that collates and maps data on sexual harassment through SMS reporting. It is part of the Nahdet El Mahrousa network, an organisation that trains social entrepreneurs and helps develop projects from an idea to a full-scale programme.

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.theguardian.com/social-enterprise-network/2013/aug/16/social-enterprises-in-warzone

Tags: clicktivism, corruption, crowdsourcing, harassmap, rebecca-chiao, social-entrepreneurship, social-media, startup, warzone

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“Open Education” Platform OpenCurriculum Launches

The platform combines elements of social media sites, open source software, and the Open Educational Resources movement. Over 10,000 resources are freely available to anyone to download from a catalog. Meanwhile, users who create Facebook-style profiles can create new worksheets, quizzes/tests, and lesson plans, and can share with or collect from other users. Users can also collaborate on projects and comment on other’s work.

OpenCurriculum creates access to better educational materials, more authentic local educational discussions, and easier dissemination of ideas and best practices,” says Varun Arora, Founding Director of OpenCurriculum.

SOURCE:http://www.prweb.com/releases/2013/8/prweb11033565.htm

Tags: crowdsource, crowdsourcing, education, educational-materials, knowledge, open-source, opencurriculum

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Sarah Reiter: Power of the Inner Crowd: Building Asian Brands from the Inside Out – CSW 2013

Sarah Reiter, FutureBrand's Chief Operating Officer (Asia Pacific), on "The Power of the Inner CrowdBuilding Asian Brands from the Inside Out"

SOURCE: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TfE0pP5rs08&feature=c4-overview-vl&list=PLTYFivIv4KlxhZvmL9MjZ_ZPGWhjgO7oe

Tags: asian-brands, crowdsourcing, crowdsourcing-conference, crowdsourcing-week, 013, futurebrand, sarah-reiter

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#Crowdfunding #CraftBeer and Food in Wisconsin

CraftFund has worked with Wisconsin legislators in introducing an intrastate crowdfunding exemption that could boost local economy.

Tags: craft-beer, craftfund, crowdfunding, food, wisconsin

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Massolution NYC 2013: Amazon’s Crowdsourcing Initiatives

013 is only a month away, and we’ve got some exciting news: Steve Cai of Amazon’s Search Team is joining the lineup of speakers at the conference.

Cai will speak on panels about crowdsourcing technology, the industry’s future, and how to implement crowdsourcing successfully. Joining Cai will be his colleague from Amazon Mechanical Turk, senior manager of business development John Hoskins.

Amazon is best known in the crowdsourcing world for its Mechanical Turk platform. It was one of the earliest companies to create a virtual labor pool that institutions could use to complete tasks. Amazon initially developed the platform for its own use, making the firm one of the earliest adopters of crowdsourced labor, before launching Mechanical Turk to the public.

Since then, Amazon has launched a number of other crowdsourced initiatives. One recently introduced feature, for instance, makes use of Facebook to crowdfund birthday gifts. Friends are able to secretly pool small amounts of cash together for the occasion, and then share the present (an Amazon gift card, naturally) on the person’s wall.

A more public crowdsourcing initiative is being carried out by Amazon Studios. As part of its growing streaming service, Amazon is crowdsourcing TV series ideas, and letting the public choose which shows get to go into production. Recently, the company announced that it green-lit two comedies, Alpha House and Betas, as well as three children’s shows, Annebots, Creative Galaxy, and Tumbleaf.

You can find out more about Amazon’s crowdsourcing efforts at Massolution NYC 2013, which will take place in New York City on September 18 and 19.

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To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, click here.

Additional speakers include senior executives from leading crowdsourcing and crowdfunding service providers Alegion, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Arise Virtual Solutions, ChaordixCommunity Leader, DST Systems, Ellenoff Grossman and Schole, Invested.In, Mobile Works, oDeskPASS-Technologies, Seeds, Top Image Systems, Rebirth Financial, WeGoLook, and Zipments.

013. To submit an executive speaker for consideration, please contact Ali Cox: ali [at] crowdsourcing.org

For press passes, please contact Jennifer Moebius: jennifer [at] crowdsourcing.org

013’, please contact: events [at] crowdsourcing.org

Tags: amazon, amazon-mechanical-turk, crowd-sourcing, crowdfunding, crowdsourcing, 013

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Massolution NYC 2013: Invested.In’s Alon Goren on Crowdfunding for Enterprises

Editor's Note: Over the next month, we'll be running a series of Q&As with crowdfunding and crowdsourcing industry leaders on the topic of crowd-powered services for enterprises. We kick off the series with Alon Goren, co-founder and CEO of Invested.In, a white label crowdfunding solution. To find out more about crowd strategies for enterprises, check out the 013 conference taking place in New York City on September 18 and 19.

Crowdsourcing.org: How does crowdfunding empower consumers? How do the enterprises you work with view crowdfunding?

Alon Goren, Invested.In co-founder and CEO: Crowdfunding empowers consumers through its inherent ability to allow the crowd to make collective decisions and validate an idea, a product, a service, or even a whole new industry, utilizing modern technology. Similar to how crowds can gather and protest to make a difference and foster change, crowdfunding enables crowds to rally and support new, exciting ideas.

The enterprises we work with are embracing the fact that consumers can now vote with their dollars and effectively change and improve their communities. They know that helping facilitate that change not only brings them recognition and goodwill, it positively affects the communities they serve.

Why are enterprises interested in crowdfunding? What are the key advantages of crowdfunding in terms of brand perception, market testing, and cost savings?

For one, it's just good business. Happy customers are good customers. Include your customers in your decision-making and they're excited to be involved and feel invested in your success. Crowdfunding also falls into our current culture of transparency and conscious business practices. There are many types of crowdfunding models out there, and enterprises are looking at them all to engage their customers and community members.

You can utilize different models to help solidify your position in the community. Charitable and community projects work well for those engaging in CSR [corporate social responsibility] initiatives. Other enterprises even crowdfund new product lines, validating markets and pre-selling products before spending significant time and resources on manufacturing those new products.

What pitfalls should enterprises avoid when they think about engaging the crowd?

I think the most major pitfall to avoid is seeming disingenuous. Enterprises need to be aware of the consumer's perception of them and be as transparent and open [as they can] in this space. I've seen many campaigns and initiatives fail because whatever the intention, the consumers felt like they were being sold something or were being lied to. You can easily avoid this by making members of your team accessible, having basic information on your initiatives available, and by just being generally transparent.

What can attendees expect to learn from your presentation on crowdfunding for enterprises?

We will discuss how we've helped some of the largest brands in the world and banks utilize and embrace crowdfunding. We'll learn from their experiences, and from the teams that conceptualized, built, launched, and ran these enterprise crowdfunding initiatives.

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To learn more about the event and purchase tickets, click here.

Additional speakers include senior executives from leading crowdsourcing and crowdfunding service providers Alegion, Amazon Mechanical Turk, Arise Virtual Solutions, Chaordix, Community Leader, DST Systems, Ellenoff Grossman and Schole, Invested.In, Mobile Works, oDeskPASS-Technologies, Seeds, Top Image Systems, Rebirth Financial, WeGoLook, and Zipments.

013. To submit an executive speaker for consideration, please contact Ali Cox: ali [at] crowdsourcing.org

For press passes, please contact Jennifer Moebius: jennifer [at] crowdsourcing.org

013’, please contact: events [at] crowdsourcing.org

Tags: alon-goren, crowd-funding, crowd-powered-business, crowdfunding, investedin, 013

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Protesters Reorganize as Bulgaria Parliament Takes Recess

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While fewer protesters are taking the streets during summer recess, much of the movement has moved online, finding a home on independent web sites that spur public debate. In the beginning of July, Kolev launched Citizen.bg, an online forum where people share ideas, discuss new laws to limit corruption and then vote on them in an effort to create a popular vision for Bulgaria’s government.

“We are basically crowdsourcing our future political system,” Kolev said.

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://bikyanews.com/89434/protesters-reorganize-as-bulgaria-parliament-takes-recess/

Tags: boris-kolev, bulgarian-parliament, citizenbg, crowdsourcing, government-corruption, social-media, sofia

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Daphne Bramham: Canada needs the independent media voice of CBC

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Because of the turmoil in the private sector, there’s never been a time in Canada where a public broadcaster has been so necessary to ensure that all communities and citizens have access to national, regional and local news.

The BBC’s crowdsourcing of a map for its future comes in response to the British government’s decision to download the broadcaster’s costs from the foreign affairs department onto individual householders who pay for radio and television licenses.

SOURCE LINK to the full article: http://www.vancouversun.com/news/Daphne+Bramham+Canada+needs+independent+media+voice/8794906/story.html

Tags: bbc, canada, cbc, crowdsourcing, daphne-bramham, media, public-broadcasters

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