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GDC 2011: Angry birds, happy Finns

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… screen, this time of year is exciting for other reasons: SXSW festival in Austin, and the Game Developers Conference (GDC) in San Francisco.

This year I was sadly unable to attend SXSW because of other commitments (the organizers of SXSW refused to change its date for me on such short notice). With all that is currently happening in the gaming industry and the prominence of Finnish companies at the GDC, there was no way I was going to miss this as well.

Fringes in fashion

I was not …

Tags: alan wake andry birds applifier crowd crowdfunding crowdsourcing crowdsourcing platform distributed work finnish developers games GDC igda microwork premium fanpage remedy rochard rovio san francisco shadow cities stagecraft videogames

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HS Talkoot: Microtask to the rescue of Finnish media history

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… chance to achieve eternal glory, top placement in the charts and the satisfaction of preserving Finnish media history.

HS Talkoot will be open until the end of October. Each week the best player will get a free 6 month subscription to the digital edition of Helsingin Sanomat. Put yourself to the test, for something noble…and fun!

More information on the project is available directly on the HS Talkoot webpage.

Oops, we did it again!

HS Talkoot is our second project correcting …

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A ticket to play

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… year thousands of tech-seeking tourists cross the Golden Gate Bridge to attend events: the Game Developers Conference, Apple Keynotes, the Web 2.0 Summit – there’s an expo for everyone.

In such a tech-friendly town, it’s not surprising that computing is spreading into public spaces, affecting the way citizens interact with their urban environment. The first stop? That most boring of public places: the bus stop.

Routed to the stop

In late 2010 large touch screens were installed …

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Welcome to the Open Ministry

Posted on by Jack Reynolds

… of government. Iceland is preparing to implement a crowdsourced constitution, and this March the Finnish Parliament passed the Citizens’ Initiative Act. The Act allows any citizen to present a law to Parliament, providing they can get the support of 50,000 citizens.

Spotting the opportunity for a groundbreaking piece of online activism, Finnish entrepreneur Joonas Pekkanen assembled a team of volunteers, including web-development wizard Aleksi Rossi, and created the Avoin Ministeriö, …

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Crowdsourcing: an ancient Finnish tradition?

Posted on by Hannu I. Miettinen

… very familiar”.

Then I realized why. Crowdsourcing is really just a new name for a very old Finnish idea: talkoot.

Talkoot is a form of collective voluntary work that’s been practiced in Finland for over 1300 years. The concept dates back to when people first began to build log houses. Because houses had to be completed before winter (and because it’s hard to lift a ridge-pole all on your own) people called on their (often very distant) friends and neighbors to help with …

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