Thursday, September 9, 2010

Two’s company, three’s a crowd conference: CrowdConf 2010

By Ville Miettinen, September 1st, 2010

It has never been easier to keep in touch and informed with the world around us. With email, newsfeeds and Twitter, the problem today is too much information, rather than too little.

Even so, I’m a firm believer that there is no substitute for good, old-fashioned face time. Actually meeting people in your field, having a chat and swapping contact details is still the best way to develop your ideas and grow your business. The problem is, of course, no one has the time to constantly travel around the place meeting people. Everyone is far too busy reading their news feeds.

Mingling with the crowd
This is why all of us at Microtask are so excited about the first annual crowdsourcing conference, CrowdConf, which is being held in San Francisco on 4 October.

In attendance will be researchers, technologists, outsourcing experts, legal scholars, and artists from all over the crowdsourcing world. Along with the all-important mingling, attendees will hear from a list of guest speakers that reads like a who’s who of the crowdsourcing and human computation industry. This list includes Jeff Howe (who first coined crowdsourcing in 2006), the bestselling authors Tim Ferriss, Jonathan Zittrain and David Alan Grier, and the CEOs of some of the most exciting new crowdsourcing businesses such as Crowdflower, Samasource, Keniks, uTest, Odesk, LiveOps and Victors and Spoils.

In addition to the guest speakers there will be a series of peer-reviewed presentation tracks and technology demonstrations. Topics for discussion include the past, present and future of crowdsourcing, quality assurance and metrics, social and economic implications of crowdsourcing, task design and worker incentives, as well as innovative projects, experiments, and applications. Basically, everything we talk about on this blog.

If the future of the working world sounds like something you might be interested in, don’t miss out (tickets are still available). Exactly what we end up talking about is of course anyone’s guess, but what is clear is that the ideas and relationships that this inaugural conference fosters will play an important role in shaping the world in years to come.

Microtask is a proud sponsor of the event, and both our CTO Otto Chrons as well as yours truly will be attending in person. If you’re visiting CrowdConf, please come and swing by our booth. And if you really don’t have time to make it, don’t worry too much – at least there’ll be plenty of blogging, vlogging, texting and tweeting to fill you in on what you missed.

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