Tag Archives: Silicon Valley


Kaggle: crowdsourcing genius or statistical anomaly?

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… resource. Without them, companies like Google would drown in a tsunami of data. Recently, Silicon Valley funders proved just how much they appreciate the humble number cruncher, investing over $11 million in Australian data analytics crowdsourcing start-up Kaggle.

Kaggle is a classic “brain-based” crowd competition site. Organizations post statistical problems and Kaggle’s crowd of “the world’s best data analysts” compete to solve them. As well as prize money, …

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A ticket to play

Posted on by Tommaso De Benetti

… The city is home to hundreds of startups including big names like Twitter, Craigslist and Zynga. Silicon Valley itself is just 50km round the bay.

Every 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 …

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Africa online 2011: The mobile continent

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… workers to write and edit database entries, paying them via (you guessed it) M-Pesa.

Silicon Valley, Nairobi?

Over the last couple of years, the success of organizations like Samasource, Txteagle, and, above all, Ushahidi (also from Kenya), has really put African crowdsourcing on the map. New initiatives are constantly jumping on the bandwagon (or on the bush taxi, perhaps). Many are health care or development projects, like Sproxil. Operating in Nigeria and Ghana, …

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The Travelling Salesman, one man and his crazy dream

Posted on by Ville Miettinen

… him, he has a future with those other highly intelligent Finns, the Dudesons.)

Start me up: Silicon Valley of the north?

But the main reason why Microtask, Nokia and Microsoft are sponsoring this adventure is because of who Kristoffer is going to meet, and what he will learn. For, in this land of extremes – with midnight sun and freezing, constant darkness – an exciting phenomenon has emerged. All over the region, poking their heads out of the snow with surprising frequency, are …

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