Great scientific problems of the world solved by crowdsourcing. Oh, and printing questions on Pringles:
In a recent article in the Harvard Business Review, Procter & Gamble Co. executives Larry Huston and Nabil Sakkab recounted how P&G executives thought they could boost sales if trivia questions could be printed on the crisps. But they were unsure of how to do that cost-effectively.
Instead of relying solely on its R&D department, P&G also sought solutions through global networks of scientists it uses. P&G ultimately found a professor in Italy who had devised an ink-jet method for printing images on cookies with edible dyes. By adapting that process to Pringles, P&G was able to dramatically reduce the time and expense of launching this product upgrade.