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Online suggestion platform: how to stop the oil spill

June 10th, 2010 / By: / Industry News

An Oregon technology company has launched a website to capture suggestions from the world’s best and brightest on innovative solutions for stopping BP’s oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico. BP has reportedly received 10,000 phone calls and 60,000 e-mails offering solutions; the website is intended as a vehicle to organize these ideas, through the use of “crowdsourcing,” to encourage new thinking and promote collaboration among interested people around the world. “We believe the answer to capping the oil spill may emerge through the collaborative efforts of disparate individuals worldwide, from everyday tinkerers to professional scientists in the farthest corners of the world,” said Dan Afrasiabi, president of Portland’s ARM Insight. Visitors to the site can post their ideas, and all site visitors can vote for their favorite ideas.


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