Last week, InnoCentive's CEO Dwayne Spradlin participated in an event sponsored by Crowdsortium at the Microsoft New England Research & Development Center (NERD) in Cambridge MA. Crowdsortium bills itself as "a group of crowdsourcing industry practitioners that have self-organized to advance the crowdsourcing industry through best practices, education, data collection and public dialog."
To a packed audience, Harvard Professor Karim Lakhani delivered a compelling keynote speech on the history and future of crowdsourcing, followed by a panel which included Dwayne, Jeff Howe (who was widely credited with inventing the term "crowdsourcing"), Doron Reuveni (CEO of uTest), and Daniel Sullivan (President of Appswell). Jim Savage, a partner at Longworth Venture Partners, moderated the panel.
The folks at uTest have kindly posted the videos online. Click on a link to view:
* Keynote: Accessing the Ideas Cloud via Crowdsourcing
* Panel, part 1: Crowdsourcing Defined
* Panel, part 2: The Crowdsourcing Business Model & Sweet Spots
* Panel, part 3: Managing the Crowd & Crowdsourcing Challenges