We are pleased to announce that Amy Robinson, Creative Director for the crowdsourcing project EyeWire, will be the Keynote Speaker on Day Two of Citizen Science 2015. Amy was recently named to the 2015 Forbes 30 Under 30 in the games category. She is a long time TEDster and founded the TEDx Music Project, a collection of the best live music from TEDx events around the world. Here’s a sneak preview of what she will be sharing at the conference – you won’t want to miss it!
EyeWire: Why Do Gamers Enjoy Mapping the Brain?
By: Amy Robinson
Citizen Science revolves around community—our collective discoveries wouldn’t be possible without millions of passionate participants around the world. How does this happen? EyeWire, a game to map the brain played by over 160,000 people, places great emphasis and interacts regularly with its highly active player base. In EyeWire, gamers solve 3D puzzles that map out neurons, allowing neuroscientists to chart synaptic connections among neurons and thus begin to decipher the mysteries of how we see. EyeWire is the first of many games to map the brain.
I’ll share several key short stories about the growth and development of this community. We’ll dive into spectacular successes and stunning failures, exposing best practices for crowdsourcing science with community and design in mind.
Amy Robinson is a crowdsourcer. She is the Executive Director of EyeWire, a game to map the brain from MIT and Princeton University played by over 150,000 people worldwide.