Friday, April 6, 2012

MIT team thinks outside the box to snag social media prize
What I've been up to:
On March 31, one team emerged victorious in a State Department social media contest by relying on more than just social media to net fictitious international jewel thieves.

State announced on Sunday via Twitter that Team CrowdScanner won the TAG Challenge, in which participants were asked to locate and photograph actors posing as thieves who roamed five cities for 12 hours.

Though the team is affiliated with the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Mass., none of its eight members lives there or is a U.S. citizen. Team leader Iyad Rahwan, a professor at the Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, ran the entire operation from his apartment in Dubai. System architect Sohan Dsouza and one other member also worked out of the United Arab Emirates, with three additional team members in the United Kingdom and one in the United States.