This Week in Crowdsourcing: News Roundup March 20

Mar 20, 2015


As part of our weekly mantra, we are delivering a list of curated news roundup—interesting news and updates on crowdsourcing, crowdfunding… in a nutshell, the 14 parts of the crowd economy landscape.

Australia launches its first ever real-estate crowdfunding platform

It’s a happy day for Aussie investors of all types now that CrowdfundUP, a Perth-based startup finally launches the first ever real-estate equity-based crowdfunding platform that offers debt and equity investment opportunities, CrowdFundInsider reports. It aims to connect ‘everyday Australians’ to unique investment property opportunities. Read the whole story here…

Singapore’s history to be preserved through crowdsourcing

The National Archives of Singapore invites the community to contribute on the crowdsourcing archivist project to better preserve the country’s history and heritage. The public can help in identifying and captioning old photographs of Singapore and transcribe documents as well. Want to be part of it? Read more on how to join…

NASA’s Challenge on crowdsourcing asteroids

NASA rolls out a new desktop application to the Public Asteroid Data Hunter that has the potential to detect new asteroids. With the participation of amateur astronomers, this asteroid hunting is part of the NASA’s Asteroid Grand Challenge where they can detect asteroid threats and know what to do with them according to Daily Galaxy. Read the whole story here…

Can crowdsourcing help NGOs tackle social issues?

HarassMap is an online crowdsourcing platform that uses Geographic Information System (GIS) and SMS technologies being used to tackle one of the Egypt’s social problems: sexual harassment. This may be an effective way for NGOs to gain information on incidents and data collection where people can report it directly on the website, communicate through Facebook, Twitter or send SMS. Read more of this report…

Crowdsourcing to drive innovation for prostate cancer research 

Medical experts, leaders, and researchers will collaborate on the Prostrate Cancer DREAM Challenge using crowdsourcing and data sharing to discover new solutions to key unanswered clinical research questions. This can provide better outcomes for thousands of men suffering with the advanced disease. Read more of open innovation in healthcare…

Taxmen chasing crowdfunding entrepreneurs?

Jenny Wecker hit the gold mine on her Kickstarter campaign last December when she collected $42,000 in pledges in exchange for more than 300 orders of stylish diaper bags she had designed The New York Times reports. However, in the eyes of Internal Revenue System, she’s still a small business owner and must give what’s due to IRS—find out how you can save yourself from shocking tax consequences when venturing on crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter and Indiegogo and learn from these experiences and stories.

Crowdfunding to give birth to green project in Yorkshire

Care to make Yorkshire a better place to live or visit? One of the largest turbine installers Earthmill, turbine manufacturer Endurance Wind Power, and UK’s biggest social crowdfunding platform, Trillion Fund join forces to create a community-scale onshore wind energy. Investors can stake in for as little as 50 euros; the goal is to raise 2.5 million euros for the ambitious project of renewable energy. Read more…

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What else caught your eye this week? Came across some breaking news or a good thought piece?

About Author

About Author

Maria Krisette Capati 玛丽亚

Maria is the Editorial Associate of Crowdsourcing Week in charge of media outreach. She's a major of Business Management and Entrepreneurship and an advocate of faith-based non-profit organizations, women's, and children's rights. When she's not writing and dabbling with the Crowdsourcing Week team, she satiates her wanderlust and travel around Asia.

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