Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Open Science Competition

This is a pretty awesome:  Genspace and Assay Depot are holding a competition in the tri-state area of NY, NJ, and Connecticut looking for the best amateur innovators and researchers with cash prizes for receiving top marks.  This article does an excellent job of describing all the basics behind it. 

What would be great is the ability to have a much wider dispersion of these sorts of competitions.  As much as anyone may like to tinker or experiment, having the incentive of cash to really throw some results to the greater public is a perfect theater for open science to grow.  These competitions also would provide an excellent means of getting these amateur scientists to meet and possibly collaborate, putting a face to to the facebook of open science, perhaps.

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