Bold Showing in Berlin: Crowdconvention Round-Up

June 22, 2011

wolfblogWhat happens when you get 150 crowdsourcing experts and leaders together in a swank hotel in the middle of Berlin for a day? Apparently nothing less than an explosion of ideas and an interesting collection of accents. I was glad I could contribute in both respects!

I want to get in the habit of looking toward the future in these blog posts, but the discussion, and even conflict, which came out of the mix at Europe’s first ever crowdsourcing conference Crowdconvention deserves a little recap.

When we started out planning the conference, we wanted to foster connections and idea-sharing. But I was blown away at the level of advanced discussion and ideas that came out of this smart group of leaders and researchers. Crowdconvention 2011 was just the first of many – absolut.

As I said to the crowd at the start, we tried to get Heidi Klum to open and close, but she happened to be busy. So, instead they had me and I was glad to see that everyone stuck around.

Jeff Howe opened up the day with some keen insights: “The crowd is wise, innovative and stunningly productive.” He rightly noted that, the ability for a crowd to form without any physical proximity is a sea change enabled by Internet access anywhere, anytime. This enables crowds to form around interests or commerce on a scale unknown, Herr Howe said.


One presentation in particular stoked some necessary discussion about crowdsourcing and employment.

And founder of CrowdFlower Lukas Biewald talked about his experience heading the San Francisco-based paid crowdsourcing company. “It’s really amazing how fast the crowdsourcing industry grows,” he said.

All these are exactly the type of challenges and concerns we need to talk about, as the use of crowdsourcing grows and enters different markets and industries.

About 150 people attended and after a full day of presentations and networking most stuck around for some (what we call in modern German) relaxen on the hotel terrace.

With so many brilliant industry leaders in one room sharing challenges and ideas and posing questions, Crowdconvention made for a very innovative and informative event!

If you were at the conference: What’d you think? If you missed it: What emerging topics should be covered next time?

Till next time – Ciao!

Dieser Artikel wurde am 22.June 2011 von Wolfgang Kitza geschrieben.


Wolfgang Kitza

4 Kommentare

etrusca 29.06.2011, 15:48:37 Uhr


Dear mr CEO,
are you asking for some ideas? Well, I’m longing to let you know mine.
What about an international book? Some pages from all over the world, written in everybody own language (and in English too) on some interesting topic. There are so many of them, nuclear, poorness, jobs, survival and so on.

I always had this dream, knowing the thought from people far away, for understanding if human mind work the same in every place.

A Babel speaking a lot of tongues but the same language.

This was my idea.

Thank you for, I’m happy to be a part of it.


Adewale 29.06.2011, 18:02:21 Uhr


Click worker is really great, It’s an exact representation of some dreams I had a long time ago and planned to achieve.. A network of great minds, where every body brings ideas to the table and you get your commiseration after the whole body works on the project, meanwhile, a remitted part goes back to the company, while all who actively participated on the project shares the rest.
Its really nice being on board, but I hope over time, active click workers get an increase in terms of their assessments and basic tasks… cheers

Wolfgang Kitza 26.07.2011, 11:27:55 Uhr


Hello Etrusca!
Thank you for the comment, it is always good to get new ideas from our own crowd of clickworkers. There is already a crowdsourced book in existence: “Not Safe For Work” is a compilation of 17 short stories co-authored by 80 individual writers, each of whom wrote part of each story. With multiple authors working together to share the burden of writing the different plots, I would say that this is a great example of a crowdsourced book initiative. Maybe a non-fiction book with stories from all over the world as you suggest could be next!

Thanks again,
Wolfgang Kitza, CEO Clickworker

Wolfgang Kitza 26.07.2011, 11:28:16 Uhr


Hello Adewale!
Thank you for sharing your comments with me and the rest of the Clickworker community. We are always working on ways of increasing the assessments and tasks available to our clickworkers, so stay tuned for more things coming your way!

Thanks again,
Wolfgang Kitza, CEO Clickworker