gig-economy

Fielding Open Innovation Challenges in Agri-tech

Fielding Open Innovation Challenges in Agri-tech

As the population grows at an ever faster and faster rate, transforming how the world feeds itself is going to be a necessity. Even though up to a third of the food currently produced goes to waste, incremental improvements to current practices aren’t going to be...

Crowdsourcing Engineering Solutions Through Challenges

Crowdsourcing Engineering Solutions Through Challenges

Surcle.io is a global crowd-engineering platform enabling corporations, SMEs, and start-ups to scale resources and tackle engineering and hardware challenges within their organizations and product life cycle. It was launched by the online electrical hardware...

The Sky Is Not The Limit….Your Mind Is!!!

The Sky Is Not The Limit….Your Mind Is!!!

We’re terribly sad to hear the news that Mandla Maseko, a South African who had won the chance to be the first black African in space, has died in a motorbike crash before his dream trip was realised. He was a panellist at our international CSW Europe 2016 conference...

Crowdsourcing Solutions for Democracy

Crowdsourcing Solutions for Democracy

Advanced modern civilizations that were thriving are now challenged by populism, nationalism and new leaders acting with little respect for social values or long term benefits for society as a whole. Some of the democratic foundations we have relied on for so long...

How Crowdsourcing Built The World’s #1 Wine Brand

How Crowdsourcing Built The World’s #1 Wine Brand

Hi! We are Michael and Bonnie, the founders of the world’s largest wine brand. Did you know that we used crowdsourcing to build Barefoot Wine? Sure, it wasn’t called “Crowdsourcing” back then, but it was the secret to our success!  If Necessity is the Mother of...

HeroX: the Social Network of Prize Challenges

HeroX: the Social Network of Prize Challenges

Finding the right talent to solve your problem can be difficult. Crowdsourcing helps you access a global pool of on-demand talent, helping to make innovation efforts less expensive, easier to manage and of better quality through leveraging the ever-expanding 'Power of...

Is Blockchain the Key to Saving Bricks-and-Mortar Retailers?

Is Blockchain the Key to Saving Bricks-and-Mortar Retailers?

The skeletons of massive brick and mortar stores line the streets of America - vestiges of a dying age. 2018 saw the close of over 6,000 stores in America. It’s hard to relegate this to a specific industry - everything from clothing (Diesel and Payless) and appliances...

Summer Internship at Crowdsourcing Week 2019

Summer Internship at Crowdsourcing Week 2019

Crowdsourcing Week (CSW) is looking for Summer Interns. Through our events, CSW fosters open innovation and crowdsourcing practices within organizations. By working closely with both the CEO & the head of Marketing, you will contribute hands-on to our global...

Building Smart Cities Step By Step

Building Smart Cities Step By Step

55% of the world’s 7.7 billion people already live in urban environments, and this figure is rising fast. With the simple act of a footstep, Pavegen’s smart flooring sustainable energy system enables people to physically participate in the sustainable development of...

Why CSW Global 2019 is in San Francisco

Why CSW Global 2019 is in San Francisco

San Francisco has a history of cultural diversity that makes it a spawning ground for new trends and breakthroughs. The city boomed when the California Gold Rush in the mid 1800’s brought 300,000 people from around the world. Some of the gold-seekers made a...

The Influence of Crowd Technology on Democracy

The Influence of Crowd Technology on Democracy

We live in changing times in which high levels of human migration to developed countries has generated a resurgence of nationalist, populist politics. A more confrontational political landscape is fuelled by deliberately misleading news, and social media anonymity has...

AI Can Make Fund Managers Superhuman

AI Can Make Fund Managers Superhuman

"AIs are really dumb." The person who said this, Yoshua Bengio in June this year, is often cited as one of the founding fathers of Artificial Intelligence and recently was awarded the A.M. Turing Award. So why would you trust AI to manage investments? In short you...

8 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Rewards Crowdfunding

8 Common Mistakes to Avoid in Rewards Crowdfunding

Starting a donations-for-rewards crowdfunding campaign is an appealing idea for many, and the conception is that you can post an idea on a platform and the money will start rolling in. In reality, most campaigns fail to reach their targets, and it takes a lot of work...

Seven Tips For Writing An Impactful Crowdfunding Pitch

Seven Tips For Writing An Impactful Crowdfunding Pitch

Donations crowdfunding has become one of the most viable ways to garner financial support for really any venture. Naturally, the ventures which sound the most exciting, like films, games, apps etc, are the ones which get the most shared, but if you are smart about it,...

Prize Competitions Part 3: Choosing the Appropriate Crowd to Compete

Prize Competitions Part 3: Choosing the Appropriate Crowd to Compete

This is the third part in our three-part blog series on prize competitions. In Part 1 we shared the power of prize competitions. Part 2 helped you understand what makes a successful prize competition. Now, we will give you some insight on how to choose the appropriate...

Top 15 Crowdfunding Platforms in Europe

Top 15 Crowdfunding Platforms in Europe

Here is Crowdsourcing Week's top 15 European crowdfunding platforms (including one Israeli platform that caters to European investors). Crowdfunding in Europe has attained a significant level of growth, adoption and maturity in recent years. The European Commission's...

Prize Competitions Part 2: Success is in the Design

Prize Competitions Part 2: Success is in the Design

This is the second part in our three-part blog series on prize competitions, or prize challenges as some people prefer to call them. In Part 1 we shared the power of prize competitions as a means to generate open innovation solutions, and thus accelerate R&D. In...

Crowdfunding and Venture Capital Working Together

Crowdfunding and Venture Capital Working Together

In recent articles we’ve looked at equity crowdfunding from the perspective of entrepreneurs and the benefits they can take advantage of in addition to generating an investment budget, and also through the eyes of retail investors who are not high net worth...

5 Simple Questions To Ask Your Crowdsourcing Platform

5 Simple Questions To Ask Your Crowdsourcing Platform

Crowdsourcing is a great way for an organization to generate external input, particularly when it faces a new challenge. Benfits include tapping in to specific areas of interest or expertise that don't exist within your own organization; getting input from people who...

CSW Salutes the BOLDest of the BOLD

CSW Salutes the BOLDest of the BOLD

This year Crowdsourcing Week launched the annual BOLD Awards to shine a spotlight on BOLD and breakthrough projects in crowdsourcing, open innovation and related-technology sectors. The winners in 12 categories plus three special awards were announced at the inaugural...

A New Asset Class, For The Masses – Equity Crowdfunding

A New Asset Class, For The Masses – Equity Crowdfunding

A little while ago we covered the benefits of equity crowdfunding from the perspective of the entrepreneur. It can be an excellent way for entrepreneurs to raise money, while at the same time gaining significant marketing exposure and solidifying customer loyalty....

Crowdsourcing is Unlocking Billions of Dollars in Primary Industry

Crowdsourcing is Unlocking Billions of Dollars in Primary Industry

Crowdsourcing and open innovation are staring to be recognised within primary industry as effective ways to validate concepts at low risk, solve complex challenges, find new innovative suppliers and automate work. As a consequence, new industrial leaders are emerging...