Gamification stuff we love: Quirky
Quirky is a collaborative idea development website, where people with ideas can find assistance to help develop them. Quirky is a community-led inventor platform with a mission to partner with inventors and make their ideas successful. When you have collaborators give input you have the opportunity to reward them with influence which means a cut of the revenue your product makes.
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As an ideas person, bringing ideas to market may need input from a range of other angles. Quirky structures your idea along a number of key headings such as features, inspiration, sketches, 3-D models and pitching as well as competitive and market research. The inventor sets the percentage of influence awarded for each phase and invites the community of quirky to give input to their invention. Quirky themselves will give input and also assist in developing the idea further and for successfully developed products they can be sold through the store. The ideas range from household goods to high tech inventions and solutions.
The gamification is similar to auction based skills donation rewarded with influence aka product revenue. It allows a social setting to develop your ideas and the strength of the community assists in building. It is the strength of the social and skills exchange that makes the platform work and the added bonus of receiving a slice of the revenue as a potential reward for your input.
Driving collaboration is often what people are looking for in gamification projects and many don’t reach the necessary exchange of skills, because there is a lack of perceived reward. I think Quirky achieves this through making it partnership based and influence based so all parties gain. The more quality input is given the better the return potential.
As an idea person myself, there is great satisfaction in seeing your idea come to life and becoming real, so I personally find systems like this excellent. Inventors are often blind to the flaws and opening it up to the community is a great leap and essential part of a development process.