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crowdsourcing Crowdsourcing Emerging Manufacturing and Water Security Technology

Borrowing from the successful NASA Challenges playbook, the US Department of Energy recently launched several crowdsourcing efforts to incentivize new applications and technologies in additive manufacturing, also known as 3D printing, and transforming nontraditional water sources into resources.

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Pamela Rentz
challenge accepted Notable Challenges: NASA, LEGOs, and YouTubers

Did you ever say to yourself, "What a brilliant idea! How did they come up with that?" One school of thought holds that the best "aha" moments take place when someone’s alone. However, another theory—shared by organizations such as NASA and LEGO—is that a problem shared is a problem solved.

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Pamela Rentz
Crowd Use Crowdsourcing as a Shortcut on the UI Test Automation Journey

If you run a web or mobile application with a human-facing UI, you will want to conduct end-to-end tests through the UI. A manual QA team could do that, but we don't have that kind of time in today's agile world. Crowdsourcing can be a great resource for maintaining speed and quality in your end-to-end testing.

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Daria Mehra
NASA Challenge: Design a Smartwatch App Interface for Astronauts

What if whenever astronauts on the International Space Station check their smartwatch, the interface they depend on was designed by you? As part of NASA’s effort to use crowdsourcing for new technologies, there’s a new NASA Challenge: design a smartwatch app interface for astronauts.

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Pamela Rentz
Can Bug Bounty Programs Replace In-House Testing?

Large companies have long used bug bounty programs to find vulnerabilities in their software, but these initiatives are becoming increasingly common among individual developers, too. Should a small business use a bug bounty program? And could it even replace their in-house testing? Should it?

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Sanjay Zalavadia
Volunteer While You Sleep: Computing for Clean Water

What happens when thousands of volunteers join together to donate their unused computing power for humanitarian research? Hopefully, through the Computing for Clean Water project, access to clean water is closer to reality for nearly one billion people around the world.

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Pamela Rentz
Dropbox Joins Bug Bounty Programs

With security experts predicting that cyber attacks will not only continue, but escalate, more companies are turning to bug bounty programs to supplement their in-house security initiatives. Dropbox is crowdsourcing security and has announced their new bug bounty program administered by HackerOne.

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Pamela Rentz
In Mobile Usability Testing, Who Accesses Accessibility?

As testers, we need to recognize our own biases and limitations. It is misjudgment to think that we can just close our eyes to be blind or to believe that we understand how someone with Parkinson’s disease functions. Recruit test users other than just a formal test team and learn who your users are.

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Jon Hagar