SocialSci: Crowdsourcing Science Research

July 28, 2010

4:29 pm

Are you interested in Science and want to get involved in some cool stuff?  Or are you a researcher and need to connect with people to help make your research better? Well either way SocialSci is for you. SocialSci is a Boston based startup thats aims to help Scientific research experiments reach that next level. So many times researchers around the world have great projects designed to help solve some of the earths greatest mysteries, yet they never quite reach the potential due to lack of participation.

As their web site states:

As a company, it is our mission to make researcher’s lives easier and engage the public in furthering science. We’ve developed the first platform that allows for a full scientific process to be conducted online, while reaching a global audience. We are starting with scientific surveys and in lab studies, but will grow to cover a wide breadth of academic research online.

The company was founded in 2009 by Leon Nole and Harley Trung of Yale University. Leon already has one successful company under his belt.  He created and launched ListFullofHope.com which was later acquired by Givet Nation. Harley is the programmer who has worked on everything from Sharepoint to Windows 7.  Leon and Harley have come up with a way of helping researchers gather the data they so desperately need to further their studies.

They saw that billions of dollars and enormous amounts of time were being wasted by researchers to try to find participants.  SocialSci brings willing participants directly to the researchers, saving them time and money.  The site is currently being used by Yale, Harvard and MIT and will soon be open to public use for anyone in the scientific community to take advantage of.

SocialSci recently closed a small round of funding from TechStars Boston and are now looking to expand their user and participant base to be tapped for future projects.

Come learn more about SocialSci as they are one of the showcased startups being featured at TECH cocktail Boston this Thursday at the Microsoft NERD center in Cambridge.
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Jimmy Gardner is a Senior Unix/Windows Engineer, a lover of technology and photography. Follow him online at @jjgardner3 and enjoy his portfolio at jjg3photo.com/.

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