It’s been exactly one year since we launched CloudSpokes - the crowdsourcing community that matches companies who need cloud development work with a worldwide community of specialist developers - and what a year it has been.
Last year, we were full of anticipation and nerves - we knew as well as anyone that there is a need for an alternate approach to development for the enterprise cloud development market, but the model had yet to be proven. As a company, Appirio celebrates cloud pioneers, and we pride ourselves on being one, but this was definitely pushing the envelope.
After a year of being live, we’re thrilled at what CloudSpokes has achieved. The community has gone from zero to 32,000+ global developers, produced more than 150 applications and projects and paid out more than U.S. $300,000. Despite knowing how innovative crowdsourcing can be (we had incorporated crowdsourcing into our own work before last year) we were stunned to see what the community began producing in a short amount of time and the amount of interest from other companies to get involved.
During the past year, CloudSpokes turned out some phenomenal applications in a short amount of time. Among our favorites are:
- Dreamforce party app: Helpes conference attendees keep track of social events and organize their calendar.
- Commute calculator: Helps companies determine the best location for new offices.
- Automated home security system: An alarm system that texts the home owner when the system detects an intruder.
Coming off of a banner year for the community is humbling and exciting at the same time. We’re over the moon with what the community has achieved, but it’s just getting started -more contests, more ways to win money faster, more technologies, more innovation and more surprises! Thank you to everyone that’s been involved with the community’s success this year - here’s to many more birthdays.