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Flop Idol: another crowdsourcing contest site gets Minted

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… is a fourth option. As a “last ditch move” Minted decided to turn its business into a design-contest site. Instead of having a team of in-house designers, it crowdsourced them, pitching hopeful designers against each other in a kind of talent contest, with winners chosen by vote.

For Minted, crowdsourcing meant more originality in the designs and (more importantly) plenty of exposure. Oh, and $5.5m worth of investment and sales upwards of $11m.

Of course, as readers of this blog …

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Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

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… rating system (still reasonably cool) and accurately predicting the outcome of the Eurovision Song contest (totally uncool, but very profitable).

Founder Anthony Goldbloom aims to grow Kaggle into a “buzzing hive” able to support “hundreds or thousands of data scientists relying on Kaggle for their full-time incomes”. It’s an ambitious step-up from other, older science competition sites ( InnoCentive is a classic example) which tend to market crowdsourcing as a rewarding …

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Do crowdsourced design contests work? You be the judge – and win!

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Nothing beats first-hand experience. Put your money where your mouth is. What doesn’t kill you will only make you stronger. Or so everyone always says.

A few weeks ago we discussed the use of crowdsourcing in design contests. Writing this blog – and reading the feedback we received in response to it – got us thinking. Why not try it out for ourselves? After all, we …

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Food52: a recipe for crowdsourcing success?

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… this is not a site for dieters). No doubt this acts as a participation incentive: “enter our contest and we’ll make your Grandma’s cookies look like something out of a glossy magazine”.

Food52: the secret’s in the (crowd)source

As they explain in this video, when it comes to crowdsourcing, Amanda and Merrill are practical, rather than idealistic: “it’s a great way to get lots of content but it’s completely useless unless you can curate and filter it”. This is a …

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War Games (or how the US military learned to love the crowd)

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… competition invited the crowd to submit designs for a “groundbreaking” new military jeep. The contest ran for a month and DARPA received and validated over 150 entries (it’s not a massive number but I guess there are only so many frustrated amateur Humvee designers out there).

Submersive elements

Finally, this April, DARPA waded into the deeper waters of crowdsourced gaming. The Anti-Submarine Warfare Continuous Trail Unmanned Vessel or ACTUV Program is a project to build an …