Open Innovation Bloggers – Cures, Geo 2.0, Wikipatterns & More

5 09 2007

More blogger reading catch up. This time from the world of open innovation.

Open Innovation to Find A Cure for ALS

InnoCentive, the global leader in open innovation sourcing, announced today that five Solvers have been chosen to receive prizes for the first phase of the Prize4Life ALS Biomarker Challenge. The five winners will receive $15,000 each for their proposals on how to identify an ALS biomarker. Three of the Solvers are from the U.S. and two from Europe.

Prize4Life is offering a total prize purse of $1 million dollars, through InnoCentive, for the successful identification of a novel biomarker for ALS/Lou Gehrig’s disease. Finding a solution to the ALS Biomarker Challenge will be a major breakthrough in the area of ALS research. Identifying a robust biomarker for ALS will increase the effectiveness of clinical trials by reducing time and cost, and facilitate the design of novel efficient drugs to treat this fatal disease.

Over 5,000 Web 2.0 Tools (and counting) for Whatever You Need

Everything 2.0 is the 21st Century answer to the Country Store. If they dont have it, you dont need it. This link offers “GEO 2.0: 124 ways to map, track & navigate people, places, experiences, content, media & news – globally – locally & extraterrestrially.”

Wikipatterns: Helping You Assess How Best to Deploy Wikis

Wikipatterns is an extremely useful site for executives seeking to understand how best to leverage wiki technology for various projects. They believe that by “applying patterns that help coordinate peoples’ efforts and guide the growth of content, and recognizing anti-patterns that might hinder growth – can give your wiki the greatest chance of success. is a toolbox of patterns & anti-patterns, and a guide to the stages of wiki adoption.”

Customer Communities Provide Better Support to A Company’s Customers

From Zdnet blogger Dion Hinchcliffe, “a new survey of the personal use of Web 2.0 applications by CIOs emerged late last week and provided another interesting, if high-level, datapoint about the future of Web 2.0 in the enterprise. Carried out by CIO Insight, the survey reported the usual trends like high rates of use of wikis, blogs, and RSS, as well as a few unexpected outliers, like 39% of CIOs listen to podcasts.

IDC Analyst Connection: Wikis – Taking Content Collaboration to the Next Level

According to Socialtext (a wiki provider)– By encouraging broad participation in content collaboration, wikis do an effective job of tapping into the collective knowledge, insights, and creativity of communities of people both inside and outside an organization. The key benefit of this type of “crowd-sourcing” process is generally faster creation of higher-quality content. Information created in this manner tends to be more insightful and relevant than information created by fewer people, either an individual or a small team.

The End of Work As You Know It

Now from Business Week comes this story about hyper-productivity in the near future for us all. Plug it into your environmental scan…

“Over the next decade, the relentless march of computer power and Net connection speeds will bring more profound changes to work than anything we’ve seen so far. Consider just a few of the breakthroughs technology visionaries think we’re likely to see in coming years. Picture Apple’s slick iPhone shrunk down to the size of a credit card. Then imagine it can connect not only to your contacts on the latest social network but also to billions of pea-sized wireless sensors attached to buildings, streets, retail products, and your co-workers’ and business partners’ clothes-all sending data over the Net to you.”

 Ten Things IT Department Should Tell Management

Great stuff from

I love this one!  Everyone a gem.  Here is number 7.

Stop underestimating the impact the Web will have on business. I am really tired of our thinking that the Web is just another channel. The Web is not an evolutionary channel. It’s definitely a revolutionary one that changes dramatically every year. Please allow us to pay close attention to new Web technologies and Web-based business models. By the way, why aren’t we crowdsourcing our R&D?”

So many good one’s.  I’ll send part two later this week.




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