The Catalyst Seminars are held on the 4th Thursday of every month from September through May at the Alpha Loft, 21 Madbury Road, Durham. Presentations begin at 4:30PM followed by beer and networking from 5:30-6:30PM. These events are FREE and open to the public.
Watch the latest in the Catalyst Seminar Series: A Conversation About...Crowdsourcing and Digital Maker Communities
Overview: For April’s Catalyst Seminar, we highlighted the emerging (and sometimes disruptive) phenomenon of crowdsourcing and how it is impacting new product development (NPD) practices around the globe.
We asked Matt O’Hern, Assistant Professor at the Peter T. Paul College of Business and Economics to join us this to talk about his research on crowdsourcing and digital maker communities and the different ways that crowdsourcing may compliment (or threaten) firms’ traditional business models. Matt also discussed different types of crowdsourcing initiatives that exist and the various roles that users play within a crowdsourcing community.
We also invited Gavin Bauman to join in the conversation. Gavin is a Technical Evangelist at Microsoft, working with developers, students, and start-ups to help them build innovative applications using Microsoft's leading edge technology. Gavin talked about The Garage, the makerspace community at Microsoft where small teams across the company can work on their big ideas, and shared his experience working with students during hackathons.