2,529 crowdsourcing and crowdfunding sites
At the end of each week I try to round up the biggest or most interesting developments in the crowdsourcing world, and this week like most has given me plenty of fodder to choose from, including crowdsourced beer, biomolecules and as if that weren't enough--how about crowdfunding a revolution? Exciting times, folks. Read on for all the details:
Twitter adds more languages
Twitter added support for a handful of languages that read left-to-right like Urdu and Hebrew this week. According to PC Magazine, over 425,000 volunteers worldwide contribute to translating tweets into 22 different languages via Twitter's Translation Center. The growth is expected to continue, as Twitter is looking for more volunteers to translate in up to 27 languages.
The State of the Union, translated
In other translation news, earlier this week I told you how Mozilla and PBS have teamed up to push some crowd-based tools that allow for volunteers to translate Barack Obama's State of the Union address into as many languages as possible. The project is ongoing and kicks off the use of new tools that PBS will be showcasing throughout the U.S. election season.
Air Force turns to Open Innovation
When the U.S. Air Force went looking for a better way to air drop emergency supplies into disaster areas, it turned to open innovation site Innocentive. The winning entry from a pair of Dutch engineers was selected this week from among 1,100 entries. Radio Netherlands reported the story here.
Pay-to-Play for Mexican Bands
Latin American cell carrier MoviStar is one of the forces behind a new and interesting crowdfunding platform in Mexico--Bandtastic.me offers a means of building financial support for concerts. We also think it might be one of the first Mexican crowdfunding platforms to launch.
The revolution will not be funded by traditional means
These days it seems like there's nothing that can't be crowdfunded, including a revolution. Check out this fascinating Q & A with a founding member of Adopt a Revolution, currently working to aid the Syrian uprising.
Gamers redesign an enzyme
Turns out all those hours spent gaming are far from wasted. An online game called Foldit allowed players to fiddle with design a protein in the comfort of their homes. This week Nature reports that collective effort actually outdid scientists' work to improve a model enzyme.
Taking control of the tap on Facebook
The makers of Sam Adams are asking their Facebook fans to help them design a new brew. Fans can fiddle with and vote on the recipe online--Boston Beer, the company behind Sam Adams, says there's more than 2,000 possible outcomes.
- Eric Mack is a contributing editor for Crowdsourcing.org. He also currently contributes to CNET. In the past, his work has been featured by NPR, Wired, the New York Times and other outlets. You can contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Find him on Twitter and Google+. Also be sure to follow Crowdsourcing.org on Twitter.