The Conference

Crowdsourcing Week (CSW), is aiding a whole new generation of thinkers, innovators and leaders to break the norm; learn, adopt and practice crowd-centric aspects to problem solving. The 5-day conference, focussed on “Crowd-Impact: Empowering Transformation”, is designed to encourage multi-disciplinary learning by example.

Why this Matters

In a time of unprecedented connectivity, organizations, governments, and billion-dollar industries are embracing the crowd. The transformations taking place are shaping the future: Finance and investing are being flipped bottom-up with crowdfunding. Big data and citizen science are enabling new advancements. New markets and disruptive business models are emerging based on the sharing economy. Brands are collaborating and co-creating with their consumers. Education and healthcare are only beginning to explore the crowd, and the potential there is huge. Crowdsourcing is expanding rapidly and the number of companies & government agencies engaging in some form of crowdsourcing continues to grow exponentially. Now is the time for organizations to adapt and capitalize on these new opportunities, or risk losing relevancy and market share.

Tool-set for Innovators

This new business environment is all about efficiency, openness, and shared value. By providing a variety of networking opportunities and business development insights, CSW GLOBAL is set to help business leaders transform their organisations from within. With the global rise in crowdsourcing and crowdfunding ventures, there has never been a better time for organisations to capitalise on such growth opportunities.

Nearly 40 speakers from all over the world, including some of the pioneers in this space from Asia will participate in CSW Global ’14 and share their insights.  Among the participating companies and organizations are Crowd Companies, Chaordix, FutureBrand, NASA, iHub, WikiBrands.

The Program  (View full agenda here)

Monday – Opening Night
The week opens with a festive gala where registrants can forge connections with some of crowdsourcing’s brightest minds, while enjoying tasty beverages and hors d’oeuvres. The event is open to Full Access Pass holders, speakers and special invitees.
Tuesday – Transforming Online Communities @ Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis
Crowdsourcing for consumer engagement takes social media, marketing, and product design to the next level. Learn to engage with crowd communities through innovative online programs, competitions and co-creation. Speakers and panelists will explore the tools and case studies that innovate with crowds for market intelligence, creative solutions, product design, idea generation and government accountability.
Wednesday – Transforming Efficiency for Social, Environmental and Economic Benefit @ Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis
Collaborative consumption and the sharing economy signify a shift in the consumer and citizen mindset. How can companies and governments participate? Wednesday will feature the in-and-outs of using crowd-driven solutions to reduce resource consumption and better citizen services, cities, the environment, and improve bottom lines.
Thursday – Transforming Entrepreneurship & Investment through Crowd Finance @ Genexis Theatre, Fusionopolis
The exploding Internet usage coupled with the dominance of mobile has opened many new avenues for business. Creative entrepreneurs want to use this connectivity and technology to hack business as usual. Thursday will focus on new crowd-based business models while highlighting key crowdfunding regulation developments and practices worldwide.
Crowdfunding Workshop for Startups @ INSEAD
Crowd finance has turned the startup funding scene on its head. What is the future of crowdfunding? What happens after a successful campaign? How can entrepreneurs keep the momentum going? What’s the best way to develop and maintain investor relations? This interactive crowdfunding workshop at the prestigious INSEAD is designed to answer the above questions and provide first time or serial entrepreneurs detailed training and best practices for successful crowdfunding.

Featured Speakers  (see full list here)

A stellar list of speakers, practitioners and thought leaders will join CSW Global’14 in Singapore. The illustrious list includes Jeremiah Owyang (Crowd Companies), Sean Moffitt (Wikibrands), Maria Ressa (Rappler), Bryan Kramer (PureMatter), Jenn Gustetic (NASA), Nanjira Sambuli (iHub), Pedro Oliveira (Patient Innovation), Joel Cere (eYeka), David Bebko (CrowdWorks), Pedram Sameni(Petaxia), Neal Cross (MasterCard), Shelley Kuipers (Chaordix), David Drake (Soho Loft) among many others.

Jeremiah Owyang, Founder, Crowd Companies, US

Expert on social business and the collaborative economy. Read his fascinating market report on the collaborative economy value chain.
Sean Moffitt, Managing Director, Wikibrands, Canada
Leading authority on company innovation and building engaged business cultures.
Maria Ressa, Founder, Rappler, Philippines
Entrepreneur and ace reporter redefining journalism by combining traditional broadcast, new media and mobile phone technology for social change.
Bryan Kramer, CEO & President, PureMatter, USA
A Global Top CEO Influencer on Social Media, Bryan will talk about important creative shifts for business.
Jenn Gustetic, Program Executive, NASA, USA
Jenn heads open innovation and prizes at NASA and will talk about NASA’s latest plans for its crowd-scientists!
Nanjira Sambuli, Research Lead, iHub, Kenya
Learn “Viability, Verification, Validity:  3V’s of Election Based Crowdsourcing” during Nanjira’s session.
Joel Cere, eYeka, France
Joel will explain why Europe is riding the wave of crowdsourced video. 
Pedro Oliveira, Patient Innovation
Patients often develop solutions to help them cope with their disease, in some cases saving their own lives. The sharing of these solutions can be revolutionary for healthcare.
Neil Cross, VP, MasterCard Labs, Asia, Africa, Middle East
Neil will talk about private crowds and how MasterCard innovates with them, establishing fresh ideas & approaches.
John “Jay” B. Rogers, CEO, Local Motors, USA
Jay is crowdsourcing the next industrial revolution with his next-generation auto company.

News From our Partners/ Speakers

Crowdfunding for a Better Planet: Earth Hour Blue Launch

Earth Hour and Crowdonomic (who will both be bringing their unique perspective to the stage at CSW Global 2014) have partnered up to launch Earth Hour Blue, a crowdfunding and crowdsourcing platform that empowers people to support causes that benefit the planet.

The causes range from a project to build fibreglass boats for fishermen affected by Typhoon Haiyan in the Philippines, to a project in Madagascar to build wood saving stoves for villagers to reduce deforestation. Six campaigns are live with more projects lined up to launch each week!
Drink to CSW with our Official Beer!

Adding to the conference’s international flavor is, La Socarrada, an artisanal beer specially crafted in Spain, by two friends Rafael Suñer and Sergio Iborra that represents the region they come from, Hàtiva – Valencia, Spain. It is home-brewed in small batches without any additives or filters. CSW is excited to share this special brew with registrants at CSW Global’14

True to our mission, we are teaming up with businesses that underscore our commitment to smart, resource-efficient business models that are disrupting the current norm and build on our connected economy.

Get a Room with Roomorama!

CSW has partnered with Roomorama to provide conference attendees accommodation with a local flair. Roomorama will waive booking fees for CSW registrants during the week of the conference.  All registrants will receive the promo code. Details here.

Get around with Uber!

Crowdsourcing Week is proud to partner with Uber, the future of on-demand transportation, to offer conference attendees a FREE Uber ride (capped at $50) between their lodging and conference venue. All registrants will receive the promo code. Details here.

Featured Contests

CSW/ 99designs – Design conference posters 

CSW is calling on the creative community to design an 11×17 inch poster featuring an inspiring quote related to collaboration and innovation. Three winners will win prizes and a full-access pass to CSW Global’14. Visit the contest webpage for more details.

CSW/ Talenthouse – Crowdsource CSW’s intro video

CSW has partnered with Talenthouse to tap into its creative global community & source a 10 sec long intro video that underscores CSW’s mission to further a crowd-centric economy. More details on the contest here.

CSW/ PortfolioMNL – Design Brand Materials for CSW

Have a creative side for designing sleek branding materials? CSW, along with design portal is inviting design entries for conference branding materials. Prizes include a SGD 1000 cash award and two full access passes to the conference in April.