Crowdsourcing

Crowdfunding Proving Popular in the Middle East

Luke McManus | Posted 09.09.2014 | UK Tech
Luke McManus

Crowdfunding has been met with skepticism from banks and local government. "They see it as a threat," claims Absi, "they fear it because it could be a way of laundering money or funding terrorism; it's not a comfortable zone for them."

Too Many Cooks Enhance the Taste of Broth!

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 19.07.2014 | UK
Preetam Kaushik

Writing is often an intense expression. It's a deeply personal one, often tumultuous a journey with many sharp curves, and one-ways; most of the times...

How New 'Crowdspeaking' Site Thunderclap Is Revolutionising Online Awareness Raising

Hilary Wardle | Posted 24.05.2014 | UK Tech
Hilary Wardle

If enough people share the same information at once, there's a good chance that the update about that project could become a trending topic on Twitter or Facebook. It could even go viral.

Crowd-sourced Mapping Is Opening Up the Darkest Corners of the World

Dr Kat Arney | Posted 17.05.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Kat Arney

Most maps are static representations of a geographical snapshot in time but the world changes constantly, especially in fast-moving situations such as wars or natural disasters - something I recently explored in a recent documentary for BBC Radio 4, Mapping the Void.

Crowdsourcing: Just a Trend of a Real Game-Changer?

Dr Mark Esposito | Posted 15.04.2014 | UK Tech
Dr Mark Esposito

Last June, David Cameron announced a £1m Longitude Prize for the invention of the next penicillin, airplane or world wide web. The name, Longitude Pr...

The Spread of Religious Freedom Advocacy, and How to Improve It

David Griffiths | Posted 06.11.2013 | UK
David Griffiths

There is much to praise about fresh commitments around the world to promoting FORB. I hope we will now see growing sophistication in how it is done - and if so, the Special Rapporteur comes recommended as an excellent resource.

A Twitter Solution to a Twitter Problem

Finbarr Goode Begley | Posted 07.10.2013 | UK Tech
Finbarr Goode Begley

You can effectively weed out fake accounts by requiring a minimum member date and number of Tweets and have these moderators evaluated by a member of the team at Twitter in the first instance. After the initial backlog of applications this becomes a system that is easier for Twitter to manage and maintain than one where the company takes all the burden upon itself.

Can The Power Of Art Help Transcend Disability?

Posted 01.07.2013 | UK Lifestyle

"The drawing universe is a universe of freedom" says artist and university professor Paolo PT Barreto in the latest in a series of films from Brazil. ...

Visual Data Mining From Crowdsourcing: From Augmented Reality to Augmented Security?

Preetam Kaushik | Posted 02.07.2013 | UK Tech
Preetam Kaushik

There is a constant deluge of images being uploaded online every second as we speak. On social networks like Facebook and Google+, and online forums like Reddit and 4chan, millions of photos are being uploaded by users who click them with the now ubiquitous smartphone cameras.

Crowdsourcing Is The Answer To Youth Unemployment And Giving Business A Boost

Adam Ball | Posted 25.06.2013 | UK
Adam Ball

Education in the UK is fantastic in many ways but more and more it is struggling to keep up with disruptive industries that are creating jobs that weren't around even 5 years ago. We need to pursue more practical routes to training with a laser focus on addressing the growing skills gap between those leaving education and the marketplace.

Why Regulatory Compliance for Financial Services is Akin to Road Maintenance

Tony Virdi | Posted 28.05.2013 | UK Tech
Tony Virdi

With so much change in a what is often a 'spaghetti of legacy / new systems and processes' it will always be challenging and costly to make structural changes; hence banks will often take the least contentious path. After all, regulatory change is not revenue-generating and times are tough.

Businesses Embrace the Wisdom of the Crowd

Green Futures | Posted 30.03.2013 | UK
Green Futures

Crowdsourcing goes far beyond the inception of new solutions. Start-ups are drawing on the masses for everything from funding - through investor platforms like Kickstarter - to development.

How the Crowd Ruined Wisdom

Glynn Jones | Posted 23.03.2013 | UK Tech
Glynn Jones

Just about every website and app these days uses crowdsourcing to magic up 'what's best' and this is a terrible mistake.

Kickstarter Could Raise A Billion Dollars In 2013

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 09.01.2013 | UK Tech

Crowdfunding platform Kickstarter has announced a bumper 2012, with 2.2 million people pledging £198.6m ($319m) to finance 18,109 successful projects...

Why We've Built Our Own Crowdfunding Platform: Leukaemia & Lymphoma Research and Pledgeit

Ellie Dawes | Posted 26.01.2013 | UK Tech
Ellie Dawes

Some charities have dipped their toe in the water of crowdfunding. Cancer Research UK now have a nifty function on their online donation section that allows people to contribute to specific research projects. And of course charities have hugely benefitted from the success of JustGiving.

Kickstarter Sued: Formlabs 3D Printer Accused Of Patent Breach

Huffington Post UK | Michael Rundle | Posted 22.01.2013 | UK Tech

Kickstarter has reportedly been sued for promoting a 3D printer which it is argued may violate another company's patent. The crowdsource funding we...

How to Harness the Wisdom of the Crowds to Create a More Sustainable Business

Phil Drew | Posted 07.01.2013 | UK
Phil Drew

It is in the area of corporate sustainability that we believe crowdsourcing has the greatest latent potential. This is because the nature, scale and complexity of the challenges demand businesses not only to think outside of the box but to reimagine the box itself.

London Entrepreneur Wants to Crowdsource a Future for a London Pub

Stephen Canning | Posted 29.12.2012 | UK Tech
Stephen Canning

James Dance, 26, is looking to change his future during the recession and that of one of the many London pubs that are falling on hard times.

Crowd-Sourcing Poetry

Sean Hewitt | Posted 07.11.2012 | Home
Sean Hewitt

2012 has been yet another demonstration of why the position of literature in the UK is unique. Where else would a national newspaper feature a poem on its front page , as The Guardian did recently with the poet laureate's Olympic poem, 'Translating the British, 2012'?

On the Perils of Crowd-Funded Publishing

Katy Brand | Posted 18.08.2012 | UK Comedy
Katy Brand

Have I made a huge mistake? I have walked away from talks with two well-known traditional publishers, and decided instead to go with a new crowd-funded publishing company called Unbound, and now, as I watch the subscriptions come in, I begin to panic - will I reach my funding target?

WATCH: Can You Help Katy Brand Publish Her Novel?

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 11.06.2012 | UK Comedy

Katy Brand may already be a well-known comedian and actor - but with your help, she could also be a published novelist. Brand is currently writing ...

Kivastarter: crowdsourcing needs to learn from microfinance

Bob Thomas | Posted 11.07.2012 | UK Tech
Bob Thomas

Kickstarter's very public successes have increased developer attraction to the platform. And with the increased developer activity, the number of failures and cancellations has increased also.

Amazing Scoopshot

Laila Escartín-Sorjonen | Posted 07.07.2012 | UK Tech
Laila Escartín-Sorjonen

Basically Scoopshot is an application for your iPhone or Android you download for free from the App Store or Android Market and ta-daa! You can become a moneymaking mobile newsphotographer just like that! As long as you keep your eyes open and you happen to be in the right place at the right time.

Can Crowdsourcing Drive Innovation in the UK Games Industry?

Oli Christie | Posted 04.06.2012 | UK Tech
Oli Christie

"I've got a great idea for a new iPhone app". As the owner of a mobile games studio, I've heard this phrase more times than I can count. I've heard it so many times that I decided to do something about it and turned to a term that has been much talked about: crowdsourcing.

Why the Government Shouldn't Ignore Its Own Big Data

Sam Sheppard | Posted 13.01.2012 | UK Tech
Sam Sheppard

What astonishes me more than the array of data, is the apparent lack of attention it receives, at least from the departments, agencies, and councils that produce it. I think this a terrible oversight, and presents a huge opportunity for big data use. If there is one thing that every company, from global leaders to bedroom start-ups, knows, is that you never ignore data.