Nishtha KanalOct 10, 2013 15:38:03 IST
We’re bombarded with ideas and information throughout the day. Our cell phones, news and everything in between sees us getting information out of which we only absorb shards. Enter two ex-Googlers who aim to expand your information universe by marrying the idea of a crowd-sourced service like Wikipedia with a visually rich experience of Pinterest.
Jasson Schrock and Srividya Sriram have founded Heipile, a service that aims to create new ideas and information that is thought-sustaining in many ways. To kick the service off, the duo has started a crowd-funding programme on Indiegogo that is currently in its last legs.
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Quite like Wikipedia, Heipile aims to be a crowd-sourced area of information that provides you with all the information you may need about a particular topic. The information too will be curated and compiled by other users on the website. You will be able to take a topic and explore it according to various perspectives. For each topic, you’ll be presented with various viewpoints similar to what you have previously shown interest in, as well as viewpoints which counter those that you are familiar with.
There will be mixed media posts, viewpoints, opinions and ideas presented to you on the topic you’re researching. So, for example if you’re looking at the Mona Lisa, you will find posts and news articles as well as opinions on the mystery behind her smile, the painting being stolen several times and Leonardo da Vinci. The best part about this steady flow of information that will be sent out is that it will be in a visually appealing manner with posts and ideas being placed quite like pins on Pinterest are.
The idea for creating Heipile came about while both Schrock and Sriram were working on YouTube and Search as part of Google’s team. While Schrock was a UX designer at Google, Sriram, who hails from India has now returned back to the country where she is working further on Heipile.
The duo put up an Indiegogo campaign in September, hoping to raise $50,000 to be able to have the service up and running. The campaign that is set to end on October 12, however, is falling well short of the target with only $7,546 being raised yet. If Heipile does end up finding money to prop itself upon, it would be interesting to see this multi-faceted platform that could turn out to be an able supplement to Wikipedia.
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