Check out our curated Weekly RoundUP of the breaking news and must-read thought leadership pieces on the crowd economy spotted by the Crowdsourcing Week team.

How crowdsourcing can evolve the mining industry

Ever thought of mining industry’ data being crowdsourced? Well, here you have Mr. Jong, giving $1 million to the first person who answers his question: “Where is the next large deposit of gold at the mine?”

TORONTO – Could crowdsourcing, artificial intelligence and virtual reality play a prominent role in the evolution of the mining industry?

The 32-year-old chief executive of Quebec-based Integra Gold Corp., Steve de Jong, thinks so.

After acquiring the Sigma-Lamaque mine in Quebec in 2014, the junior exploration company opted to do something considered unusual in the mining industry. The company took the six terabytes of data spanning more than 75 years of exploration and development at the site and threw it up on the Internet for all to see. De Jong—by offering $1-million in prizes—was hoping to crowdsource an answer to the following question: Where is the next large deposit of gold at the mine?

Arts Alive turns to crowdsourcing to fund public art

Take a look at this article on DNAinfo, to learn more on how art advocates are turning to crowdsourcing to bring and fund public art in Jefferson Park, Chicago.

To make that happen, arts advocates—including Ald. John Arena (45th)—have put out a call for $10 donations via the Arts Alive website to cover the $3,500 cost to bring at least one sculpture to Jefferson Park as part of the 2016 Chicago Sculpture Exhibit. “So far we’re doing really well,” Smillie said, adding that $2,300 has been raised in just a couple weeks, making it likely the push will succeed. “We’re very pleased.”

Transifex launches crowdsourcing editor

In need of help in localizing digital content? Transifex has announced its new department that’s doing that very task. See who else is using Transifex to crowdsource translations.

Transifex, leading provider of localization automation, today announced advanced capabilities to leverage individual communities, giving organizations the ability to quickly engage with ‘crowds’ around the world to help translate digital content into local, culturally fitting languages. “With Transifex’s user-friendly crowdsourcing editor, we have quality translations for everything from our mobile app to our website, all done by an amazing worldwide community of Wazers,” said Orit Yehezkel, Head of Localization at Waze. “This has enabled us to support 40+ languages in over 200 countries with localized content that is not only culturally relevant, but is consistent with each community’s voice.

How crowdsourcing is helping people with disabilities

Maayan Ziv, has come up with a new solution for people with disabilities thanks to crowdsourcing. Read how with Access Now app, Maayan has build her solution to the problem of not having accurate information about accessible businesses.

“Recently, I went to a place and there were three steps at the entrance, and I was told it was accessible. I get to the entrance, and there are those steps and then I’m stuck in the middle of the street without any options.” With Access Now—which crowdsources information about accessibility in cities all over the world—Ziv aims to prevent that situation from happening to her or anyone else.

The Defense Department uses crowdsourcing to find website security flaws

The DoD trusts that crowdsourcing will strengthen its digital defense. Check this article out to find out what made the Department take this initiative.

The Defense Department plans to enlist ethical hackers for a pilot cyber “bug bounty” program that aims to uncover security vulnerabilities on DoD’s public-facing websites. The Hack the Pentagon initiative will use private-sector crowdsourcing to allow participants to identify and analyze bugs in non-mission-critical Web applications for the department, DoD. “I am confident this innovative initiative will strengthen our digital defenses and ultimately enhance our national security,” noted Defense Secretary Ashton Carter.

Singapore’s United Overseas Bank is investing $10 million in crowdfunding platform

Have a look at this article to see how UOB is investing $10 milion in Israeli equity crowdfunding platform ‘OurCrowd’ to extend financing to SME’s in South East Asia.

The deal is yet another example of global banks working with alternative financial platforms to nurture and fund the startup economy. Through the partnership, accredited investors among UOB’s clients will now have an opportunity to broaden their investments into OurCrowd’s portfolio companies, taking a small chunk of equity in return for working capital.

[Photo credit: CBCNews Toronto]

There are many fantastic stories out there. What else caught your eye this week? Did you come across some breaking news or a good thought piece?