Open innovation & crowdsourcing resources

Open Innovation, crowdsourcing, co-creation… overlapping terminologies to describe a trend towards more open business models and a closer collaboration with customers. On this page we gather a list of inspiring examples.

Intermediary Platforms.

01. Research & development platforms

Innocentive – open innovation problem solving

IdeaConnection – idea marketplace and problem-solving

Yet2.com – IP market place

PRESANS (beta) – connect and solve R&D problems

Hypios – online problem solving

Innoget – research intermediary platform

One Billion Minds – online (social) challenges

NineSigma – technology problem solving

Ideaken – collaborative crowdsourcing

Innovation-community.de – Community of innovators & creators.

02. Marketing, design & idea platforms

CMNTY Corporation – community co-creation

Innovation Exchange – open innovation market place

Guerra Creativa – crowdsourcing anything creative

Brand Tags – tagging brands

Battle of concepts – student challenges

crowdSPRING – creative designs

12designer – marketplace for creative solutions

LeadVine – crowdsourcing lead generation

99designs – pioneer in design crowdsourcing

Edge Amsterdam – elite sourcing platform

OpenIDEO – collaborative design platform

Challenge.gov – crowdsourcing for government problems

eYeka – the co-creation community

Spigit – social innovation platform

Zooppa – Branding/marketing platform

03. Collective intelligence & prediction platforms

Lumenogic – collective intelligence markets

Ushahidi – crowdsourcing crisis information

Kaggle – data mining and forecasting

We Are Hunted – the online music chart

Google Image Labeler – crowdsourced image labeling

04. HR & freelancers platforms

TopCoder – competition-based software crowdsourcing

Spudaroo – crowdsourcing copywriting

Clickworker – small online task solving

Amazon Mechanical Turk – low-cost crowdsourcing

05. Open innovation software

Imaginatik – collective intelligence software

Napkin Labs – connect with consumers, experts, employees

Venture Spirit – gamification platform

Wellspring Worldwide– open innovation software

06. Intermediary open innovation services

Big Idea Group – organize innovation contests and idea hunts

Pharmalicensing – open innovation for the life sciences

Chaordix – crowdsourcing engine for innovation

DataStation – complete innovation platform

Peer production & P2P

Funding Circle – p2p lending

Linux – open source software

Wikipedia – peer produced encyclopedia

Yahoo Answers – crowdsourced Q&A

Creative Co-creation

Spreadshirt – shirt community

Threadless – create and sell your t-shirts

cafepress – shop, create or sell what’s on your mind

zazzle – create and sell products

CreateMyTattoo – crowdsourced tattoo design

Sellaband – crowdfunded bands

Artistshare – fans funding new artists

Quirky – community product development

jovoto – co-creation & mass collaboration

Mookum– co-creating lifestyle & interior products

Quirky + GE – co-creating platform by quirky & General Electric

Userfarm – co-creating platform for Video makers

Extra examples

Board of Innovation cooperated with mission-e-motion in an innovation study to combine new mobility with co-creation. We made a report as a part of the whole study, which bundles 20 benchmarks of existing co-creation platforms.

Corporate initiatives

01. Product ideas crowdsourcing

Fiat Mio – create a car

BMW Customer Innovation Lab – in german

InnovationJam* – IBM’s idea generation project

Dell IdeaStorm – external idea sourcing

My Startbucks Idea – shaping the future of Starbucks

Ideasbrewery – Heineken Ideas Brewery

Connect + Develop – Innovation platform by P&G

02. Branding & design crowdsourcing

Peugeot – Peugeot’s design contest

Fluevog – open shoe design

BurdaStyle – open source sewing

Corporate initiatives

iBridge Network – platform for university innovation

Science Commons– generic license agreements

Picnic Green Challenge – ideas to save the planet

Fold it – solve puzzles for science

Galaxy Zoo – discovering the universe