In a conversation with Zink earlier today, just as they were preparing to release the information on the finalists, executives urged me to share the word with my readers about a new award that's been added, that involves you! With 40 finalists split among the two categories, a third prize has been added. From the release:
NEW! Now it is your turn to become a judge. ZINK Imaging has opened up judging to the public with a Peoples’ Choice Award. Voting is open now through July 13 at www.ZINKZeroBoundaries.com/vote.
While the "peoples' choice" angle fits right in with popular culture's penchant these days for audience participation, there's also a related tie-in to crowdsourcing. John Winsor's recent BusinessWeek viewpoint, "Crowdsourcing: What It Means for Innovation", comes to mind as a source for a little more background on recent trends like outsourcing in fields such as industrial design.