Title

Improving Microtask Platforms with the Intent of Alleviating Poverty

Presenter Information

Tyler Bick

Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Major

Civil Engineering

Research Advisor

Oerther, Daniel B.

Advisor's Department

Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering

Funding Source

John and Susan Mathes Endowed Chair of Environmental Engineering

Abstract

Crowdsourcing has a tremendous potential for bringing substantial economic improvement into both developed and developing regions of the world. Although the technology and ability to solve complex problems has existed in various forms, crowdsourcing has not reached its potential as a formidable business opportunity. Inefficiencies in current crowdsourcing technology are limiting the growth of potential businesses in both the developed and developing world. This study takes the simple crowdsourcing task of grading elementary spelling tests in order to take a deeper look at the problems and inefficiencies of typical crowdsourcing business. Current crowdsourcing platforms may not be utilized because of the difficult nature of programming the tasks. Another hurdle lies in defining a good method to solve a problem. If these problems can be addressed, crowdsourcing may prove to be a powerful tool in combatting poverty on a large scale.

Biography

Tyler is a senior in civil engineering. After taking a course from Dr. Oerther and learning about his research interests, he decided to get involved with Dr. Oerther and Mr. Schriner's Pulacloud.

Research Category

Engineering

Presentation Type

Poster Presentation

Document Type

Poster

Location

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Presentation Date

03 Apr 2013, 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

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Improving Microtask Platforms with the Intent of Alleviating Poverty

Upper Atrium/Hallway

Crowdsourcing has a tremendous potential for bringing substantial economic improvement into both developed and developing regions of the world. Although the technology and ability to solve complex problems has existed in various forms, crowdsourcing has not reached its potential as a formidable business opportunity. Inefficiencies in current crowdsourcing technology are limiting the growth of potential businesses in both the developed and developing world. This study takes the simple crowdsourcing task of grading elementary spelling tests in order to take a deeper look at the problems and inefficiencies of typical crowdsourcing business. Current crowdsourcing platforms may not be utilized because of the difficult nature of programming the tasks. Another hurdle lies in defining a good method to solve a problem. If these problems can be addressed, crowdsourcing may prove to be a powerful tool in combatting poverty on a large scale.