Friday, 21 October 2011

CrowdConf 2011 - The World's Biggest Crowdsourcing Conference

Guest Blogger, Mollie Allick

The Mission Bay Conference Centre San Francisco will play host to CrowdConf 2011, the world’s largest crowdsourcing conference.  Starting on 1st November, this second annual event will feature a series of workshops, seminars, and talks providing insights into the widespread use of crowdsourcing. If you missed last year’s conference or not sure what CrowdConf is all about then here is an indication of what will be featured.

The first day will include two great workshops focusing on research and industry specific tutorials. These workshops offer conference attendees a head start as they engage in a more intimate tutorial, with limited space, with other thought leaders and crowdsourcing experts. Workshops will be taught by Omar Alonso, Technical Lead for Team Bing at Microsoft and Matt Lease, Assistant Professor at the University of Texas who will focus on topics in the Research and Engineering Track. Also featured is author and Associate Professor David Alan Grier who will examine how to integrate crowdsourcing into existing organisations in the Business and Industry Track.

The main conference will take place on Wednesday, November 2 (click here for the full agenda) and is scheduled to run all day. The agenda focuses on practical tips and tools for understanding crowdsourcing through a range of perspectives including investing, philanthropy, community building, and creativity. The day will feature keynotes, debates, and interactive breakout sessions, and concluding with a networking poster reception. Some of the sessions include Charles Festa from Threadless speaking about community building in his talk "Moonwalk to Market: The Illusion of Moving Forward." and Hitendra Patel and Benjamin Sywulka from IXL Center who will do a plenary talk on innovation titled "Crowdsourcing Innovation: Seven keys to getting breakthrough results every time."

CrowdConf will feature many prominent guest speakers including: Jeff Howe, author and journalist who coined the term “crowdsourcing,” Philip Rosedale, Founder of Second Life, Mark Gerson, Chairman of Gerson Lehrman Group, Charlie Cheever, Founder of Quora, Sharon Chiarella, Vice President of Amazon Mechanical Turk, and more than fifty other incredible speakers representing the most influential and fastest growing crowdsourcing companies. For more information about the speakers visit the CrowdConf website.

Tickets for the event are on sale now so if you fancy learning all about crowdsourcing from some its most influential figures then see below for details of how to register. Crowdsourcing Gazette readers can get a $75 discount by entering the code CSGZT when registering.

Event: CrowdConf 2011
When: Workshops: Tuesday, November 1 (10am-3pm); Conference: Wednesday, November 2 (8:30am-6:30pm)
Where: Mission Bay Conference Center, 1675 Owens Street, San Francisco
Cost: $75 for workshops, including tutorial, notes and lunch. $450 for conference, including entry to the full-day program and networking reception, plus lunch and snacks throughout the day.

Acknowledgements; Thank you to Mollie Allick for her blog contribution. Mollie is the Conference Director for CrowdConf and the Events & PR Director for CrowdFlower. She can be reached at

Image Credit; CrowdConf

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