Open Communities

This list provides a listing of real-world examples of different projects, services and products that are being developed around the idea of communities.

Dell Idea Storm
An online community that brings all of us closer to the creative side of technology by allowing you to share ideas and interact with other customers and Dell experts. You can suggest new products or services you’d like to see Dell develop or tell the world how you feel about major trends in technology and society. Dell hope this site fosters a candid and robust conversation about your ideas.

IBM Innovation Jam
Thousands of IBMers — including their family members — collaborated with employees from select IBM clients and business partners to identify the next breakthrough products, services, processes and new business models that will transform industry and society and in the process shape the future of our organizations. Together, participants explored exciting intersections between emerging technologies and business insight to create meaningful new capabilities.

InnoCentive® is an exciting web-based community matching top scientists to relevant R&D challenges facing leading companies from around the globe. They provide a powerful online forum enabling major companies to reward scientific innovation through financial incentives.

Make Magazine: Technology on your time
MAKE brings the do-it-yourself mindset to all the technology in your life. MAKE is loaded with exciting projects that help you make the most of your technology at home and away from home. This is a magazine that celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your own will.

Kiva lets you connect with and loan money to unique small businesses in the developing world. By choosing a business on, you can "sponsor a business" and help the world's working poor make great strides towards economic independence.

Cambrian House
At Cambrian House, people submit ideas for software products and then vote on which ideas are the best, commenting on changes or improvements they would like to see made. Development of the most popular ideas is then sourced to members of the community, who earn "royalty points" that determines how much each contributor makes.

BID Network
BiD network for poverty reduction and entrepreneurship in developing countries.

BioForge: an online community for biotechnology innovation
BioForge is intended to serve as a portal to a dynamic protected commons of enabling technologies in the life sciences, available to anyone for improvement and to use in new innovations, both commercial and non-commercial.

World Community Grid
World Community Grid's mission is to create the largest public computing grid benefiting humanity. Their work is built on the belief that technological innovation combined with visionary scientific research and large-scale volunteerism can change our world for the better.

RepRap Project
RepRap is short for Replicating Rapid-prototyper. It is a practical self-copying 3D printer.The RepRap build cost will be less than $400 US for the bought-in materials, all of which have been selected to be as widely available everywhere in the world as possible. Complete instructions and plans are published free on this website so, if you want to make one yourself, you can. Also, the RepRap software contains nothing that can't work on all computer platforms for free.

Open Cores
Their main objective is to design and publish core designs under a license for hardware modelled on the Lesser General Public License (LGPL) for software. We are committed to the ideal of freely available,freely usable and re-usable open source hardware.

Open Prosthetics
A project to create useful and innovative prosthetic devices and release the designs into the public domain.

Fab@Home is a website dedicated to making and using fabbers - machines that can make almost anything, right on your desktop.

OScar project
The idea behind the OScar project is simple: A community of people plans and develops a new car in the web. The idea is about the goal to develop a simple and innovative car, but also about the way how this goal is achieved.

Instructables is a web-based documentation platform where passionate people share what they do and how they do it, and learn from and collaborate with others.

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