Although the term “crowdsourcing” was only coined in 2006, the concept has been around since 1714. Its explosion in popularity came with the Internet’s ubiquity, and since then it has helped countless businesses and organizations.
Most people who offer their ideas either have great qualifications, or want to monetize their existing skills. But what about students? They aren’t necessarily the most qualified people, but they are smart and often have a unique point of view. How about tapping that pool?
ThoughtBasin is an engaging way for students to explore different organizations, businesses, and causes, and be recognized and rewarded for contributing solutions to real-world problems. It’s an easy-to-use platform that rewards students for bringing their A-game, academic smarts and general knowledge to companies and organizations who have complex problems.
Companies, non-profit organizations and other businesses can also tap into this creative base to find solutions to their current issues, concerns and problems.
Having just launched on September 30 2013, they are still in beta. Students can sign up and contribute – and often be compensated for their contributions. I got to test things out for myself, and see how my skills could be put to new use.
After the initial sign-up process, you can get cracking at the cases they have in their database. It’s definitely the place to put your power of persuasion to the test, since other students and representatives to the cases are there to vote your answer up or down Reddit-style. The person who sends out the most compelling argument or most viable solution wins some prize money once the case is closed.
Since ThoughtBasin is still in beta, they are definitely still working things out. While the ideas and applications are in decent working order, it could definitely use some help in the UX/UI department.
Also the mail function isn’t working yet, making sending private messages to other members impossible for now. This is a nice in-app touch, since it’s often nice to discuss the ideas in the various cases without having to divulge your personal information.
ThoughtBasin has some work ahead of them in order to become what they intend to be, but I think it’s a good start. If you were in school, would you use ThoughtBasin to raise your personal profile and improve your standing to get a better job? How do you see this as useful to students and companies?