Friday, June 28, 2013

MESH01 Code Blitz Update - The Final Weekend!

MESH01 Code Blitz has been in full effect for 4 weeks now and is in its final stage. In the past 28 days we have launched 21 MESH01 aka Wear test challenges. Sixteen of those software development challenges have already been scored and the leaderboard is still a log jam for 2nd place.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Announcing the CloudSpokes Hall of Fame!

Earlier today, the announcement of the CloudSpokes Hall of Fame hit the news, listing our Inaugural Class of 2013 Inductees. It comes with great honor to officially announce the CloudSpokes Hall of Fame and its first-ever class. This is something we have had on deck for quite some time now, and are really excited to announce and begin to grow.

Friday, June 21, 2013

In The News: 11 Interview Questions You Wouldn't Think to Ask--But Should

Inc. - Suzanne Lucas

"'If you were building a website, how would you design a forgotten password authentication process?' -Dave Messinger, CTO, CloudSpokes

This is a question that we ask certain candidates in the interview process because their answer provides us a solid understanding of how they troubleshoot and problem solve, especially for our technical job applicants. We are looking for candidates that think of how they can use existing, pre-packaged technologies and skills to solve problems, instead of starting from scratch every time, a skill that is practiced on the job every day. We're more interested in hearing about their thought process than the viability of their answer."


Thursday, June 20, 2013

Thurgood Walkthrough

Yesterday we had a super awesome, really fun episode of #DifferentSpokes. If you didn't see it, you should definitely watch it here. One of the segments of the show was Jeff talking about Thurgood, and what it means for you as members.

To go along with what he discussed on the show, we sat down and put together a walkthrough video for you to all learn the new process. Like mentioned on the show and in the video, Thurgood will be a mandatory process starting in early July. Yup, that means that submissions that don't follow the new process won't be judged!

Tuesday, June 18, 2013

#DifferentSpokes Agenda for 6/19/13

#DifferentSpokes returns Tomorrow, at 3pm EST and with a packed show of special community guests and topics!

Joining us will be Kenji776, ForceLogic, Manish_Kumar and Soe. We will also be introducing our newest team member, Chris Delaurentis aka LazyBaer, who we expect to be a regular host with us from here on out.

Monday, June 17, 2013

Webinar: Saugatuck Technology & CloudSpokes - Advantages of Community Development

In the new "cloud-enabled" world, the entire technology stack has been democratized. However access to expert technical talent continues to be a major hurdle for organizations of all sizes.

Saugatuck Technology has taken an independent look at the data and successes behind the CloudSpokes community software development model, and will be reviewing findings in an upcoming co-hosted webinar on June 25th at 10am PDT.

Friday, June 14, 2013

Forum Notifications

When we launched our site re-design back in February, we also added true forums. Up until now, there was no clear instruction on how to get notifications from the forums when something new was posted, or when a new comment was added to a thread you were participating on.

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Code Blitz Winners!

All the challenges are wrapped up and it's time to announce the winners of our first-ever Code Blitz!!

But first, here's a quick recap, by the numbers:
- 30+ open challenges with $30k+ up for grabs
- 32 challenge winners and 7 first-time winners
- 92 submissions, 181 registered members total
- 2 overall Code Blitz winners!

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Emerging Maturity: Paying for Performance in a Crowdsourced Competition Model

It's the final chapter of the saga. We've covered three of the four major crowdsourcing model differentiators so far, comparing Freelancer, Microtask, and Competition-based models. Now for the fourth and final differentiator:

(1) Task Complexity
(2) Variable Skills & Scale
(3) Self-Selected Experts
(4) Paying for Performance

Thursday, June 6, 2013

Risk Assessment Tool Winners!

A couple weeks back we launched this Risk Assessment Tool software development challenge that ran for a quick 5 days over  the weekend and fell right in the middle of Code Blitz. This challenge was awesome for a number of reasons. It had 10 members registered or watching, and a very active discussion thread. Also, the name alone gave me a great reason to watch 1983 super flick Risky Business starring Tom Cruise.

Where the Heck has #DifferentSpokes Been?

You're probably all wondering where #DifferentSpokes gang has been since there was no episode the past few weeks. Have no fear, we haven't stopped the shows, just ran into some scheduling issues that caused the last episode be canceled. It was actually a good thing however as it gave the crew extra time to write up some super awesome software development challenges for you to compete on, hence Code Blitz and MESH01 Code Blitz.

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

APIs, Clouds, Images, Wear Tests, and more with Cloudinary and MESH01

We love APIs. We love cloud platforms, crowdsourcing, building crowdsourcing platforms, and lots of other topics associated with CloudSpokes, but we really do have a soft spot for APIs.

Therefore, when faced with a slight technical annoyance regarding images for Spokes Partner, MESH01, we turned to a rock solid API provider to help: Cloudinary. We caught up for a quick Q&A with co-founder, Itai Lahan, to discuss.

Monday, June 3, 2013

Native #iOS Honeycomb Grid Navigation Winners!

Incase you were living under a rock for the past week or so, CloudSpokes has been launching software development challenges like crazy. You could say it was a special couple of weeks that made our members happier than a body builder directing traffic, or you could say it was a sign of the epic-ness that is to come. We think both are appropriate.

It was a special two weeks because we have never, in our existence, had so many challenges open and so much prize money up for grabs. Enough so that we even launched Code Blitz! And like 25+ challenges and almost 30K in winnings wasn't crazy enough.