Beth Perkins

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How to project a local problem to a global audience

Posted by Beth Perkins on Jun 21, 2011 2:18:17 PM

This post was written by two Client Service's team members who worked on the City of Boston's SpeedBump Challenge: Daniel Kuster, Ph.D. and Michael Albarelli, Ph.D.

We recently posted a Challenge for the City of Boston, to solve the problem of locating potholes throughout the city (  We believe the StreetBump Challenge prototypes a very powerful way for a city to approach problem solving, by projecting the municipal problem to a global audience of citizen Solvers.   Such an approach will become increasingly attractive as data become easier/cheaper to collect and share.  As part of the InnoCentive team who worked with the City of Boston to formulate the StreetBump Challenge, we are happy to share our perspective on this type of analytical Challenge at InnoCentive in particular, and some observations about how to get practical value from data-based endeavors in an open innovation marketplace.

Potholes are everywhere, but Boston’s are particularly difficult.  The many freeze-thaw cycles provided by Boston weather, heavy traffic, and a diverse network of street features combine to make street damage a pernicious problem.  In the StreetBump Challenge, the City of Boston provides Solvers with data (acceleration, GPS position, etc) from an Android smartphone app and asks them to predict where street damage was located. 

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Topics: Challenges

Seeker Spotlight: University of Melbourne

Posted by Beth Perkins on Jun 15, 2011 3:16:46 PM

We recently announced that the Assessment Research Centre at the University of Melbourne had posted a Reduction to Practice Challenge seeking the development of a software module to assess collaborative problem solving skills in schools. We asked Professor Patrick Griffin from the University of Melbourne to talk to us about this Challenge, Educational GUI for Collaborative Problem Solving. Patrick is the Executive Director of the ATC21S project.

Hello Patrick.  Thanks for talking to us about your Challenge. The Assessment & Teaching of 21st Century Skills (ATC21S) is an international project coordinated by the Assessment Research Centre at the University.  Can you tell us a bit more about this project and what it hopes to accomplish?

In our information-rich world, students will need not just competence in math, science and reading, but in a number of other skills that include new ways of learning with technology, new ways to solve problems, and new ways to communicate using social media. The world of education has not even begun to explore the possibilities of these new 21st-century skills. So the ATC21S project has taken on the task of developing new ways of assessing collaborative problem-solving and learning through digital networks. In doing so, we are attempting to shift the direction of assessment and teaching towards a model that is more suitable to the measurement and development of skills that people will need in the 21st century.

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Topics: Seekers

Exciting Updates for InnoCentive Solvers!

Posted by Beth Perkins on Jun 13, 2011 1:50:04 PM

Today's blog post was contributed by InnoCentive Marketing Manager Tim O'Brien.

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Topics: Solvers, Challenges

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