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How Open Source Hardware Increases Security

Security is paramount in virtually all tech-related industries, from mechanical engineering to medical filing. And hardware hacks, in particular, can have some devastating consequences if left unchecked. Hardware hacks can override software security measures and result in long-term access to sensitive information, such as in the recent China hack. Using seemingly innocuous chips, Chinese hackers

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Crowdsourcing

Why Some Crowdsourcing Challenges Fail

Crowdsourcing campaigns present a variety of unique opportunities for engineers, researchers, and weekend hobbyists. As such, one vital ingredient to success is having a well-crafted, insightful challenge design. Unintended barriers to entry, unclear or unengaging details, inappropriate time frames, and lack of meaningful incentives are among the chief offenders to an otherwise well-intentioned challenge. Fortunately,

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New Multi-Protocol Converter Challenge from Zollner Elektronik

Zollner Elektronik, one of the most significant players in electrical manufacturing services (EMS), is beginning to harness the power of crowd engineering. Launching their first crowdsourcing challenge on the Surcle.io platform, Zollner is calling for capable engineers that are interested in helping them innovate a new IoT device and software for enhanced industrial multi-protocol converters.

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Why Bloated R&D Budgets Don’t Guarantee Innovation

Innovation is the name of the game. In today’s rapidly-evolving marketplace, businesses must always be developing products and services to stay competitive. And relevant. An obvious solution may seem to dedicate substantial funding into your research and development division; after all, some of the top innovators in the world—Apple, Amazon, Tesla—boast staggering R&D budgets. This,

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Crowdsourcing

Five Bulletproof Strategies for Successful Crowdsourcing

Five Bulletproof Strategies for Successful Crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing is one of the premier innovations of the digital age, bringing projects to life by asking people from around the world to share their ideas. By globally connecting engineers, artists, and researchers, the possibilities for crowdsourcing are changing the world as we know it. Strategic crowdsourcing yields impressive

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Crowdsourcing

Millennial IoT wallet challenge

A recent crowdsourcing challenge piqued community interest by urging its members to rethink what every modern millennial is (hopefully) carrying around in their back pocket––a wallet. The catch? It couldn’t just be any old folded up piece of leather, but a wallet worthy of ushering the title “IoT” (Internet of Things). Oh, and it also

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