If you like betting on sports, but don’t like losing, WinTheTrophy may be a great website to get involved with. WinTheTrophy is a free sports betting competition that combines sports betting, social gaming, fantasy sports and crowdsourcing into one fun, free and legal experience. It tracks all bets placed & spits out personal win-loss statistics. The goal is to help users uncover their individual betting strengths and weaknesses.
Two Stevens professors, Nickerson and Sakamoto, are being funded by the National Science Foundation to research crowdsourcing and the creative collective. The professors are conducting research on how well design can be accomplished by a set of individuals quickly assembled online. The three year study entitled, “Crowdsourcing Creativity: Experiments in Design,” will build an idea ecology & test the effects of utilizing a cyber crowd. Concepts will be treated like the chromosomes of a population that evolves in order to solve a problem. The crowd generates the ideas, selects the fittest, and combines them to create new ideas.
Anyone But Me has launched a unique three day web-a-thon in a bid to raise $120,000 to produce the third season of the web series. Winner of the Webby and Streamy awards, the teen serial based on a post-9/11 generation was funded by private capital for the first two seasons. The show’s creators preferred the web-a-thon to the normal subscription charges that could have covered production costs as subscription would restrict the number of viewers to the serial.
Recent reports circulating the net indicate the do-gooders are unhappy at giving too much credit to calls for help via crowdsourcing techniques, challenging the verity of messages for assistance without proper corroboration.
With the demands on time and money, people are becoming increasingly creative about their meal options to continue eating well. Popularly known as dinner co-ops, this crowdsourcing initiative taps onto foodies living within close proximity to each other and taking turns on cooking dinner (sort of like a supper pool where one is assigned to cook for 5 households for one day, and expect an entire work-week of fresh homemade meals without lifting a finger after having done his or her share). This is great for those who want more variation and quality for their meals, but lack the time to do so.
In this world of internet and better connectivity, people all over the world can easily bridge the distances and communicate with each other and establish meaningful friendships with a simple click of the mouse. This is a primary reason why crowdsourcing has expanded to such great lengths. It is now being used for various projects, including recipe-sharing.
A new widget for Android phones has been doing the rounds with more user friendly features letting cycle users update community members of the availability of cycles for hire at each docking station.
Backed by strong international agencies and institutions such as the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), The Asia Foundation (TAF), the East West Management Institute (EWMI), and Cambodia’s British Embassy, human rights platform Sithi, utilizes crowdsourcing to expand initiatives and protect those who need it. It is the first of its kind in Cambodia. Spearheaded by the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR), this online portal has a virtual cartographic representation of various areas to help pinpoint locations where injustice, violence and crime occur. Through crowdsourcing, Sithi can effectively monitor what goes on in several places, making sure that people could legally take action in the interest of human rights.
The Fort Green online edition of The NY Times’ The Local has taken an interesting approach to identifying dangerous intersections: Crowdsourcing. With the tragic death of Aileen McKay-Dalton, came a barrage of comments pointing to the dangerous nature of that particular Fort Green intersection.
Actress Kristen Bell recently launched a new product benefiting the Humane Society of the United States. In support of the organization’s efforts to care for rescued animals with special needs, she launched a fundraising campaign on crowdfunding site, crowdrise. The actresses goal is to raise $5,000 for the Society, & dedicates her efforts to her Hurricane Katrina survivor, & favorite Labrador, Sadie.