Monday, April 29, 2013

Future of the Cloud Day Recap

With the the 2013 Future of the Cloud Day now behind us, it is time to recap the amazing day and the great work done by the CloudSpokes community, in their local communities.

We had aimed to get 10 members in 10 different countries involved with FOTC Day this year and knew that would be an great feat. While we did not reach our goals we still had a great level of participation and even more interest from members who just couldn't fit a day of volunteering into their Friday schedule. Don't worry though, we will definitely change the structure up a bit next year to allow the most amount of participants as possible!

Friday, April 26, 2013

In The News: Specialization Provides Online And Offline Growth Opportunities

Forbes - Sean Rosensteel

"...These were all born out of the availability of new technology and a specific market opportunity. For example, before social media networking, sourcing particular skills or talents was an overwhelming task. Now, crowdsourcing firms create and connect unique communities that focus on a specialization. From graphic design and logos at CrowdSpring to enterprise coding & development at CloudSpokes..."


Thursday, April 25, 2013

The API: Field of Dreams, or Empty Playing Field?

Field of Dreams
Iowa farmer Ray Kinsella hears a voice in his corn field tell him, "If you build it, they will come."Ray interprets this as a message to build a baseball field in his cornfield. Ray builds it...

Ray's message is apropos to the recent news of API management companies getting acquired. Recently Vordel, Mashery and Layer7 have all been purchased by larger companies hoping to build and manage the API infrastructure for the next set of enterprise apps.

Wednesday, April 24, 2013

#DifferentSpokes - with @mesirii from Neo Technology

Earlier today we hosted our 6th episode of #DifferentSpokes and had on special guest Michael Hunger from Neo Technology.

It was a great episode with a nice and geeky discussion about Neo4j and Graph Databases, as well as some very interesting tidbits of information about our guest. Including his awesome coffee shop complete with a bar made out of books, and wall paint made from coffee. He even answered Kyle's burning question about their sand graph at Waza 2013!

In The News: Marketing an API to a non-technical audience

NetworkWorld - Lorinda Brandon

"...The joy of an API is that it is infinitely pliable, like Silly Putty. And, like Silly Putty, people like to play with it. Marketing becomes more about planning competitions and driving innovation than about spinning features. And the more API calls you add, the more fun you can have.

But don’t take my word for it – spend just 15 minutes on Twitter with @SmartsheetAPI and look at all the competitions they are hosting, along with their partner CloudSpokes. It’s obvious both Frei and Sorenson are enthusiastic and excited about their API. My hat is off to them for their courage in marketing it so unabashedly to a non-technical audience..."

#DifferentSpokes - Neo Technology

That's right, we are back today with another episode of #DifferentSpokes, and we are talking neo technology! More specifically, and the book Graph Databases for Bowerman's Book Club segment.

Special guest Michael Hunger from neo will be joining us to answer all your questions, so send them in via Twitter using hashtag #DifferentSpokes. A special prize will be given away to the most active member on Twitter so it pay's to raise your hand and ask Michael and the crew questions.

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

Emerging Maturity: How Crowdsourced Competition Enables Task Complexity

We made a pretty bold statement towards the end of our last blog post on Crowdsourcing:

"One way to look at the transition is to look at the change from an organization using “the internet” to engage the world, versus using “the cloud” to transform a business."

What does this mean, and how does competition foster it?

Thursday, April 18, 2013

console.log("Smartsheet Hello World!");

Don't say we didn't warn you.

We mentioned in our last post that Smartsheet was just getting warmed up with their API challenges. We want to give you an update on the latest live challenges, a sneak peek of what's coming, and a way to better manage staying on top of it all.

Tuesday, April 16, 2013

Automated CloudSpokes Code Testing & Analysis with Thurgood

For the past couple of months we've been running "Thurgood" in stealth mode. What is Thurgood you ask? Thurgood is our new tool to provide automated build, quality and security analysis of submitted challenge code. Thurgood taps into numerous services including Cloudbees, Checkmarx, JSLint, PhantomJS, Checkstyle, and more based upon the platform and/or type of code. The results of nearly all of the events are visible from a secure, challenge specific Papertrail account for ease of viewing.

Asking the Community to Give Back - Future of the Cloud Day 2013

Next Friday, April 26th we're going to try something a little different. We want to see if we can pool our talented group of CloudSpokes members, family, and friends to come together as a community and give back to our local communities in need. Our goals are simple. If we can rally 10 members from 10 different countries across the world to participate that would be amazing, and would be the start of something really special.

Saturday, April 13, 2013

Help smarten up the Smartsheet API with a new Bug Bash challenge

Our marquee Spokes partner, Smartsheet, is throwing down the gauntlet. It’s the beginning of a series of Smartsheet challenges focused on the new Smartsheet API, and CloudSpokes members (like you) are getting the first peek. Note that this is only the first of many of Smartsheet API challenges. Getting in early will provide a leg-up on some bigger and badder challenges to come.

Friday, April 12, 2013

Emerging Maturity: The 3 Different Types of Crowdsourcing

Crowdsourcing, according to Gartner's hype cycle, is really in its infancy as it begins to approach the peak of the curve. The "crowdsourcing" term itself is less than ten years old, and the most of the key players in the industry are younger than that. There are countless blog posts that help define the handful of categories that most companies fit into, but there are really three key model differentiators in today's market.

Thursday, April 11, 2013

CloudSpokes April 2013 Roadmap

April is well underway and not only is it income tax time here in the US but our April sprint is in full swing. We've got a number of new features planned for this month and we've launched challenges to build out this functionality for both members and sponsors.

Monday, April 8, 2013

In The News: Committing to your developers will help you keep them

VentureBeat - Dave Messinger

"...In Silicon Valley and elsewhere, developer talent is scarce, particularly for companies that are not “the” social network or named after a fruit. But when companies do find, recruit, and hire the talent, most aren’t taking the right steps to empower their developer talent to learn, grow and thrive.

Few companies truly harness and empower developer talent, but there are a few ways that any company can start..."


uTest & CloudSpokes Webinar: Unlock the Power of Community Development and Testing

We're teaming up with one of our favorite crowdsourcing companies this coming Thursday for a special webinar. The plan is to cover what it takes to fully build, and fully test, an app or asset from start to finish.

Friday, April 5, 2013

$1400 Weekend Special #Salesforce Challenge - Online Auto Listing Account Planner

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We've got a special challenge running over the next few days that is the precursor to about 4 or 5 subsequent challenges that are coming soon. The goal of this challenge is to provide a clean Account Planner in that will be responsive and work well in both browser and tablet.

Guest Blog: Being a Community Judge by @talesforce

If you know CloudSpokes, then you know the name talesforce. He is not only our overall leader in wins, but has been a rockstar CloudSpokes member since the day he joined! Talesforce recently jumped over from full time competitor to also judging challenges and has hit the ground running. In the past 2 months alone, he has reviewed over 60 submissions and continues to sign up for as many challenges as he can. He was so impressed by the judging side of things, that he asked to guest blog about it! We said yes of course, and talesforce sent us the blog below. 

Wednesday, April 3, 2013

#DifferentSpokes Recap - Talking Node.js with @kevino80

We just wrapped up our fifth episode of #DifferentSpokes and it sure was a doozy! We had a slight technical difficulty around 12 minutes in when the Google servers booted us, but it didn't last long and we were back up and running less than a minute later!

As always we had a really great show today and owe a big thanks to Kevin for joining us and talking node.js as well as sharing his story of how he first learned programming from his Grandpa! 

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

The First CloudSpokes Ombudsman is...

A couple of weeks ago we introduced the Ombudsman Program, and we had open nominations for the position running until Sunday evening. Well the nomination period is over and the results are in!

We took all of your nominations and tallied the results, taking the vote totals into account before deciding. After a long deliberation, we have come to a decision on the first CloudSpokes Ombudsman.