CrowdFlower Announces Expanded CrowdConf Program

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Industry-leading conference offers panels highlighting the role of crowdsourcing in government, enterprise, and data science; Adds CrowdFlower University and Introduction to Crowdsourcing training.

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“I always look forward to this time of year, as it brings together the leading minds in crowdsourcing,” said Lukas Biewald, CEO of CrowdFlower.

CrowdFlower, the leader in crowd microtasking, today announced an expanded program for its industry-leading conference CrowdConf. The additions are designed to showcase both enterprise uses of crowdsourcing, technical innovations in the crowdsourcing field, and provide ramp-up training for those new to crowdsourcing.

“I always look forward to this time of year, as it brings together the leading minds in crowdsourcing,” said Lukas Biewald, CEO of CrowdFlower. “We started CrowdConf when crowdsourcing was in its infancy. Now in our fourth year, it is great to see how far things have progressed. We are seeing companies solve real business problems by tapping into the crowd.”

The CrowdConf 2013 agenda includes three tracks: microtasking, research and trends, and innovators and insights. The packed agenda includes more than 50 speakers and nine panels on topics that range from how to leverage crowdsourcing platforms to distribute microtasks, to how healthcare and finance can use the crowd, to how to pay the crowd. The complete agenda can be found here. Speakers include:

  • Patrick Booher, director of enterprise data, Autodesk
  • Jared Heyman, CEO, CrowdMed
  • Ece Kamar, Ph.D., researcher, Microsoft
  • Theresa Kushner, vice president of data governance, VMware
  • Chris Lightner, measurement lead, Edelman Digital West
  • Dr. Joe Polastre. presidential innovation fellow, U.S. Department of State
  • Chris Stori, Meraki director of sales operations, Cisco Cloud Networking Group
  • Nicole Sunstrum, social engagement coordinator and social media board chair, State of Michigan
  • Lorenz Trockle, product manager, human judgment, eBay Inc.

The conference will feature a keynote by Nick Taylor, award-winning author of "American-Made," the definitive history of the landmark Works Progress Administration (WPA). Taylor’s talk, “If the WPA Were New: Human Action in the Digital World,” will explore how the changing nature of online work could allow for a new digital version of the famous work program.

Other conference program features include:

  • An expanded research track, with a poster session
  • A pre-conference introduction to crowdsourcing workshop, led by the author of "Crowdsourcing for Dummies" David Alan Grier
  • A pre-conference CrowdFlower University workshop on advanced microtasking platform techniques
  • A startup spotlight showcasing companies building businesses and applications using crowdsourcing

Tickets and Registration

Tickets are available now at http://www.crowdconf.com. Combination packages for pre-conference workshops and full conference admission are still available. Discounted group, academic, and student rates are also available.

Sponsorships

CrowdConf is sponsored by Crowd Valley, DataWeek, Innoget, Kaggle, Lionbridge, MicroWorkers, TransPay, Venture Beat, and YP. Information on exhibiting and sponsorships is available here.

About CrowdFlower

CrowdFlower combines human intelligence from the crowd with the scalability and efficiency of computer algorithms to offer efficient processing of business information for customer record enrichment, product catalog enhancement, content generation, sentiment analysis and image moderation. With five million crowd contributors completing thousands of judgments each week for hundreds of customers, CrowdFlower is the leader in crowd microtasking. The company works with a range of enterprises, including Apple, AT&T, Autodesk, eBay, Ford, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Sears, Thomson Reuters, Toshiba and Twitter. For more information, visit http://www.crowdflower.com.

About CrowdConf
Now in its fourth year, CrowdConf is the longest running conference for the crowdsourcing industry. Each year it draws an international audience of more than 500 crowdsourcing practitioners, executives, investors, entrepreneurs, and scholars. Attendees learn and share the latest trends in crowdsourcing that are giving companies a competitive edge. CrowdConf is presented by CrowdFlower, the leader in crowd microtasks. Learn more about the history of CrowdConf and this year’s agenda at http://www.crowdconf.com.

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