Tag Archives: Berlin


Rate me baby one more time: crowdsourcing the perfect song

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

Music is a powerful thing. It can make you laugh or cry, and even tear down the Berlin Wall (according to David Hasselhoff, anyway). The same song can mean different things to different people, with infectious tracks like Britney Spears’ ‘Hit Me Baby One More Time’ managing to be both the all-time most requested song on US radio as well as an instrument of torture used at Guantanamo Bay (along with ‘I Love You,’ the theme from Barney the Dinosaur, which would …

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Crowdconvention 2011: a designer’s tale

Posted on by Harry Seppala

… that’s a story probably best kept for parties). So for me, Crowdconvention (held June 15th in Berlin) was a fantastic and rare chance to meet other designers, size-up the competition and generally mingle with the cream of Europe’s crowdsourcing crop.

Conventional wisdom

The atmosphere at this year’s Crowdconvention – proudly co-sponsored by Microtask – was open and friendly. Companies were surprisingly willing to share information on topics ranging from worker-accuracy and …

Tags: Amazon Mechanical Turk Berlin crowd Crowdflower crowdsourcing Harri Holopainen jeff howe microtask microwork Ville Miettinen

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Crowdfunding donations: Is giving me your money a good idea?

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

When people ask me “What’s your dream holiday?” I usually lie to them. I say some exotic holiday destination that makes me sound normal. I don’t say space or the moon or the bottom of the sea, because I’m nervous it might make me sound like a dreamer or full of myself. Which I am (not).

But the truth is I am a lot like Richard Branson, Ashton Kutcher and James …

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Winds of change: can crowdsourcing help solve environmental problems?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… in Dorset in the UK, to mosquitoes outstaying their welcome (is a mosquito ever welcome?) in Berlin, the results were compiled to create an interactive map of meteorological weirdness.

Of course the Guardian’s research has its shortcomings too. Claims can’t be verified, meaning hoaxsters (or those people who can’t be bothered looking out the window) could potentially skew the data. But if we assume that no one wants to sabotage the experiment with false sightings of wild …

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2011: a crowded year

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… is Europe’s first ever crowdsourcing conference: Crowdconvention. Taking place on June 15th in Berlin, the convention (co-sponsored by Microtask) will offer “space for discussion, exchange of information and possibilities for new partnerships” (hopefully served up with some decent beer). The packed schedule includes crowdsourcing A-listers such as Richard Lewis from Clickworker, Lukas Biewald from CrowdFlower, Pia Erkinheimo from Nokia, Jeff Howe from Wired, Carl Esposti from …

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