Build a Better Light Bulb – Earn $10 Million Ross | October 22nd, 2009

You might recall that Neflix recently awarded a $1 million prize to a group that improved Netflix’s movie recommendation system by 10%.

Thanks to eesdesigner, one of the designers on crowdSPRING, I learned today about an interesting crowdsourcing competition recently announced by the U.S. Department of Energy – an award of up to $10 million to the first person or group who can create a new energy efficient version of the most popular type of lightbulb used in the U.S. – the 60-watt bulb.

It’s good to see our government leverage crowdsourcing – particularly to solve some very challenging technology problems.

If you want to read more about this competition, I recommend you read: Build a Better Bulb for a $10 Million Prize.

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  • Jeff

    Wow – that’s a lot of money for a lightbulb. Will be interesting to see if people other than big manufacturers of lightbulbs become involved. I understand that the Netflix prize attracted a variety of teams.

  • Jeff – Innocentive (a marketplace to help companies with solutions to R&D problems) has shown that both companies and individuals become involved. I suspect we’ll see plenty of different types of people, teams and companies vie for the Department of Energy prize. Maybe this is how the government will also advance electric cars and other pressing issues?

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