InnoCentive is a crowdsourcing company that unites groups or companies with tough R & D challenges (“seekers”) with people interested in tackling them (“solvers”).
The challenges run the gamut from things like creating a fray-proof satin to potential medical breakthroughs like finding a biomarker for ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease). The solvers are rewarded, sometimes handsomely. The ALS challenge has a $1 million reward, for instance.
When I was perusing the site the other day, one challenge caught my eye: Social Networking for Enterprise Applications. It says, “SAP is seeking ideas for novel uses of Social Networking to enhance business applications in corporate computing environments.”
Sounds like right up the alley for COM529. Anyone need an extra $10,000? That’s the reward for solving this challenge. Deadline is Oct. 23, 2008. You might have a little competition, though; more than 900 “project rooms” have been opened on the challenge already.