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Hi staubalexander ,
Feel free to pm with any questions you have at tariq.ahmad . element14 started as the first online community for engineers in 2009 as part of the Premier Farnell family which owns Newark (Chicago) and Farnell (Leeds, UK), both distributers of electronics components. The community launched as a way for Premier Farnell to engage more directly with its customers. We run some programs to support our community members interests such as element14 presents which mayermakes is a host for, Project14 which is our monthly project competitions that members decide and vote on, design challenges sponsored by our suppliers, roadtests which give unbiased product reviews for our suppliers, tech spotlights which highlight cutting edge technology, and webinars which allow you to hear from industry leaders in cutting edge technology. Premier Farnell is the company that helps manufacture the Raspberry Pi boards so that is a huge part of the community as well as other SBC. Also, popular on the community is Arduino, Beagleboard, and BBC Micro:BIt.
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you mean it started in 2009!
You're right. :-)
June 2019 will be our 10th anniversary so expect something special on the community...
my name is Alexander Staub and I am a PhD researcher at the Vienna University of Economics and Business within the field of online user and open innovation communities. Together with the Professor at the institute, Christopher Lettl and an assistant Professor from Copenhagen Business School, Tom Grad we are investigating user behavior within online communities.
I came across the element14 community quite some time ago and have followed it with interest the last few months, trying to find out more about it.
I have also tried to get in touch with several employees. However, so far I have had no luck.
I was wondering if anybody, preferrably a long time regular or long term employee (6-10 years) could give me some insight on how the community developed, how the users have evolved and how the sophisticated incentive system was developed and implemented.
I'd be incredibly grateful for any help.
All the best