Launches new site at SXSW with a crowdsourcing focus, looking to get users dreaming up innovative apps and technology.
Nokia has launched a new website which aims to crowdsource ideas for new mobile apps. It's called IdeasProject, and was unveiled at the SXSW conference this weekend.
"IdeasProject is a web-based, innovation community where application ethusiasts (consumers, developers, anyone) can join, share and collaboratively create applications for mobile platforms," explains the company's blog.
"Participants can create or respond to innovation “challenges” and work together to solve the challenges. First launched in English, it will soon be in Spanish, Chinese, and Finnish."
The site's first challenge is around the topic of 'Apps That Change The World', with Nokia promising to make a free app for its Ovi Store based on the best ideas.
Other ideas currently being featured on the IdeasProject homepage include a location-based guide to natural hazards; an app to alert people to nearby catastrophes like tsunamis; screen duplication for the N8 on a PC monitor; and an app focusing on rocket altitude calculation. It's certainly a broad scope.
As with any user-generated content initiative of this kind, it's a good idea to check out the terms and conditions before submitting, just to ensure you're comfortable with the rules. Here's what Nokia's Ts & Cs have to say about IdeasProject:
"Upon such submission of any User Material to the Service, you will grant Nokia a non-exclusive, royalty-free, and free of charge, perpetual, worldwide, irrevocable, and fully sublicensable right to use, copy, reproduce, modify, adapt, communicate to the public, make available, publish, translate, modify, adapt, create derivative works of, distribute, and display such content or any concept described in it throughout the world in any media, product and/or service, including but not limited to advertising, marketing and promotional materials, and digital reproductions, without compensation, restrictions on use, acknowledgment of source, accountability, or liability, and with waiver of all moral rights and rights of attribution, integrity, and identity. Nokia may, at its sole discretion, incorporate such User Material into any Nokia products or services. You further agree that any document or material to which you may have contributed may be locked by Nokia at any time at Nokia’s sole discretion after which you can not make any modifications or alterations to the User Material."
So there you have it.