Sunday, March 8, 2009

Malaysia and Crowdsourcing

C'mon Malaysia. Crowdsourcing is the one area that that is a fieldflattener. I say again, all you need is the right skill sets for any projects that are structured for crowdsourcing.

Sign up and, you are part of a global team. Wonderful and easy. All you need is to have the correct skill sets.

And....I believe that the universal language between boundaries is ENGLISH. I repeat, ENGLISH.

Here's an extract of a Businessweek piece, Pushing the Limits of Crowdsourcing for your reference:

From around the world, almost 20,000 people chipped in on a five-minute animated film that features a love story between a guitar and a violin. You could have been one of them. All you needed was a Facebook account and an itch for computer-generated animation. The Mass Animation project, led by Yair Landau, is showing how much further crowdsourcing can go, and how traditional production methods may get left behind.

David Perry is also pushing the limits, and expectations, of just what's possible by tapping the brainpower of the multitude. Project Top Secret, which Perry began in early 2007, has elicited contributions from 60,000 people who have signed in to help create a giant multiplayer online game. Like Landau, Perry is a novice in his new creative role. Both still have their day jobs: Landau, 45, is head of Bedouin Media, a production company; Perry, 41, runs And both claim their concepts have proven wildly successful. So how did they do it?

After seven years as president of Sony Digital Pictures (SNE), Landau didn't need to take a big jump to launchMass Animation, a three-way partnership of Intel (INTL), Dell (DELL), and Facebook. He got interested after a friend at Facebook told him how easily Facebook was able totranslate its Web site into different languages by simply letting users do the work. Facebook, meantime, was interested in seeing what other crowdsourcing projects it could come up with. Familiar with Landau's work in digital movies, Facebook approached Landau about crowdsourcing a movie via its site and Live Music, the animated tale, was born in Los Angeles.


Perry, a 26-year veteran of the video-game industry with several No. 1 titles under his belt, was looking for ways to include the video-game community into the production of games. Working with Acclaim Entertainment, the Beverly Hills resident had also seen how crowdsourcing made translation easier: On their own, users would record game dialogue in different languages. Perry and Acclaim figured gamers could do much more. On a plane ride from Korea to the U.S. in November 2006, Perry and Acclaim Chief Executive Howard Marks agreed to launch a contest that would crowdsource a full-fledged game. "We just decided to give them the rope to let them hang themselves," he laughs. In early 2007, Project Top Secretbegan.

Landau and Facebook spent less than $250,000 creating the Mass Animation application that would run on the site and host the entire contest. It was built by AniBOOM and SpreadApp and designed by Noise New York. Autodesk (ADSK) was brought in to provide a trial version of the industry-popular Maya animation software. To help users along, Landau created storyboards, character models, and broke the movie into 107 shots for the crowd to animate.

Within two months, 50,000 people became "fans" of the project on Facebook. A third of them stepped up to either animate a segment, uploading QuickTime video files to the Facebook app, or vote on submissions through the application or by creating their own fan pages. In the end, people from 101 countries contributed animated shots. Each person with a winning clip won $500. In addition, Dell and Intel, which used the contest to promote its Core i7 processor, gave away a Dell Studio XPS computer every week. In all, the sponsors spent about $1 million and eight months on the project. Landau says producing the same five minutes of film by traditional methods would have cost millions more and taken at least six months longer.

Read more here.

C'mon Malaysia! Let's get onto the global bandwagon at a faster click.


kuldeep said...

To enable the people innovative leadership is a prerequisite.We do not have that in politics,government nor in the major companies.

Let me just highlight the TOURISM sector.Our leaders still subscribe to spending millions to bring huge entourages to do roadshows all over the world or engaging expensive big names agencies to come up with run of the mill advertising campaigns.

They should really look at the alternative of creating a WEBSITE with content developed by inputs from the people who knows and love their own towns.All that is needed is about a million bucks and we will have wonderful ,interesting writeups,photos and maybe even the people on something thats close to their hearts.

And with online social networking the impact is greater and more permanent than any current initiative.

The leaders must appreciate that the web is a genuine and popular source of info for travellers.

How can we get the message across?

Anonymous said...

Great idea CT. How about using this approach to develop a Master Plan for Selangor. Currently, we don't see a coherent plan by PR in running the state and everyone seems to be busy fire-fighting.

Kuldeep's idea on tourism is worth exploring. Why don't you prepare a proposal to the party leaders?

de minimis said...


I'd much rather that they seek me out. I'm really not that interested in chasing after politicians, thank you :D