What is Crowdsourcing?

The social media era has made it possible for numerous communities of science enthusiast to congregate and pool their resources to together to tackle massive task-based projects. Through such ‘crowdsourcing‘ endeavors, every person (regardless of education or skill) can now contribute to the discoveries, cures, and innovations of tomorrow by lending a few minutes of their time.

Through the Internet anything is possible. You don’t have to be a professor with multiple degrees to have your ideas valued…

In a nutshell, crowdsourcing is the concept of networking multiple people together, doing small cognitive tasks, in order to complete incredibly large projects that no one entity could complete quickly. Participation is usually voluntary and requires little effort or previous education. However, when each part of the cog is added together, incredible projects are finished in lighting speed and at cheap costs.

In my opinion, we are just getting started…. The Internet is becoming accessible to 3.5 billion more people, and when they have access to the Internet they could be like me…

With the advent of the Internet and social media technologies,  thousands of people can be rapidly mobilized to accomplish tasks like finding cures for small pox and transcribing centuries worth of texts.

When I started this research I didn’t even know I had a pancreas. So, if I, a 15 year old, who didn’t know he had a pancreases could develop a new sensor for Pancreatic cancer that costs 3 cents and takes 5 minutes to run – imagine what those 3.5 billion people could do, and just imagine what you can do.

- Jack Andraka, TEDxSandJoseCAWomen

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