Global co-creation company creates new product platform in three months and experiences a 53 percent time savings by leveraging crowdsourcing
WASHINGTON D.C. – TOPCODER OPEN 2013 – November 12, 2013 – Appirio today announced that MESH01, a provider of web-based co-creation solutions, has created a new product testing platform in just three months by utilizing Topcoder’s development and design crowdsourcing community. The product testing platform is designed to help brands expedite innovation and eliminate risk by connecting brands with target testers during product development. The platform enables brands to gather feedback from testers, ensuring faster, more successful product launches. The product testing platform was completed in three months – half of the time that MESH01 anticipated it would take to develop.
Brands are under constant pressure to develop new products quickly and MESH01 needed a technology platform with advanced functionality to capture and analyze feedback from testers faster and more efficiently. Also, the platform needed to be ready in time for the product development cycle most brands initiate in the Fall. To meet these requirements, a Topcoder architect created a project plan that leveraged Topcoder’s community engagement and a progressive technology stack to include AngularJS, Node and MongoDB built on top of Heroku.
“Topcoder’s community development model allowed us to design a new platform with boundless development resources,” said Brian Bednarek, CEO, MESH01. “The work that Topcoder completed in three months was equivalent to approximately 15 full time developers, and the community delivered a platform at nearly half of our estimated cost.”
A Topcoder architect broke down the development process into more than 100 contests to crowdsource components of the platform. More than 30 Topcoder community members from 16 countries contributed code that was combined by the Topcoder architect to create the new platform.
“Enterprise development teams often default to using older technology platforms, because with the traditional labor model, sourcing talent and expertise to take advantage of new technology platforms is expensive and time consuming,” said Narinder Singh, president of Topcoder and co-founder of Appirio. “Topcoder enables companies to tap into a worldwide community of expert designers and developers instantly – empowering development teams to create innovative applications to serve customers.”
The MESH01 product testing platform is now available for brands to engage with a global community of testers. For more information about MESH01, please visit www.mesh01.com.
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Appirio is a global services provider who uses crowdsourcing and cloud, social and mobile technology to help enterprises reimagine their business and become more agile. Appirio brings together technology expertise with a deep understanding of the way people work, and the development, design and analytics skills of Topcoder and CloudSpokes’ nearly 600,000 person global crowdsourcing community. Appirio has worked with more than 500 enterprises, including organizations like Facebook, Intuit, Japan Post Network, L’Oreal, McGraw-Hill, NetApp, The Four Seasons, and Virgin America. The company is backed by Sequoia Capital, GGV Capital and General Atlantic.
MESH01 is a leading provider of web-based co-creation solutions that delivers creative innovation and strategic analysis for the three most critical points in the consumer product lifecycle: design, testing and marketability. The company connects brands with the appropriate segment of its global network of professionals, delivering the right combination of crowd-sourced design solutions, customized field testing programs and market analytics. By drawing from a virtual talent pool, MESH01 expands on companies’ in-house R&D capabilities to help brands thrive.