Friday, May 31, 2013

MESH01 June Code Blitz - $40,000 up for grabs

Looking into June, we have a LOT of MESH01 stuff coming, so we’re going to run a new Code Blitz for this unique Spokes Partner. There’s a ton of awesome challenges in the pipeline, with a great opportunity for NEW participants interested in AngularJS, MongoDB, Node.js, Restify, rich image image server APIs like Cloudinary and more.

Oh, and there’s about $40,000 up for grabs if our predictions are correct.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Code Blitz Leaderboard: 2 Days Left

Do you like our new Code Blitz logo? It's a little ridiculous, but also, a little awesome.

With just two days left (today and tomorrow) here's our last leaderboard update before our final announcement for two main winners, and our new member winners. There's some surprises and changes on this update. However, with more than half the challenges still outstanding, there's still plenty of time for upsets:

Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Code Blitz Leaderboard: Weekend Update

Our first-ever Code Blitz is off and running. Through the end of this month, the top two competitors will win an extra 50% of their winnings, and any members winning their first challenge will win an additional $200!

After the big weekend we wanted to provide an update on the current leaderboard. With 6 challenges now closed, 2 new challenges added, and about 25 still in progress (worth over $30K), there's plenty of room for things to change:

Friday, May 24, 2013

Code Blitz! Win 50% more this month

There’s a record number of software development challenges up on CloudSpokes right now, running through the the end of the month.

We’re a little giddy with all the activity, so we’re hosting our first ever Code Blitz: The top two competitors will win an extra 50% on top of their winnings, and any member who wins their first challenge by the end of this month gets an extra $200!

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Camaraderie in Community Software Development


We discussed it a little in our last post regarding self-selected experts.

We're incredibly lucky to bear witness to the many acts of talented contribution from the CloudSpokes developer community. However, once in a while, we see something truly special. Like the discussion thread on one of Smartsheet's first developer challenges.

Monday, May 20, 2013

#RingDNA Quick Connect #ChromeExtension Winners

Just last monday, we announced RingDNA as our newest sponsor and already they had their first challenge up and running. Only a few days later that challenge was scored and has officially kicked off what will be a long series of many more RingDNA challenges to come.

Thursday, May 16, 2013

Emerging Maturity: How Crowdsourced Competition Brings Self-Selected Experts

In our last two posts regarding the 3 different types of crowdsourcing, we touched upon two main benefits: (1) Task complexity, and (2) Variable Skills & Scale.

Now it's time to explore the people that are core to competition, and get an idea of how competition-based crowdsourcing, specifically in a community development model, creates those aforementioned benefits.

Monday, May 13, 2013

Welcoming our latest challenge sponsor, RingDNA!

We’ve just kicked off a series of crowdsourced development challenges with our newest sponsor, RingDNA. This is the just the beginning of an ongoing relationship with a very cool company, with multiple challenges in the pipeline. We caught up with RingDNA Founder & CEO, Howard Brown, to chat about tapping into a community development model.

Monday, May 6, 2013

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

We finally have a recording of our webinar with uTest!

Featuring our very own Dave Messinger, this webinar showcases how to unlock the power of crowdsourced development and testing:

Thursday, May 2, 2013

$4,300 Weekend Special #GoogleAppEngine Challenge - gAudit Application Hardening

Looking for something fun to do this weekend? We've got a unique, high price-tag, challenge running through Monday. This challenge is all about security. We surfaced vulnerabilities in a recent related Google challenge, and this challenge is all about addressing them. Therefore this one will be judged strictly on meeting the security requirements.

Be notified first when we post new Google challenges:

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Emerging Maturity: How Crowdsourced Competition Enables Variable Skills & Scale

We've discussed the 3 types of crowdsourcing.

We've seen how if done correctly, competition can allow complex assets to be created (as in websites with 99Designs, or complicated videos with Tongal).

But the next logical question beyond complexity, is how elastic (what range of problem sets) and scalable (how many at a time) are the problems that crowdsourced competition can tackle?