Next-generation crowdsourcing platforms

Title: Next-generation crowdsourcing platforms
Speaker: Anand Kulkarni (University of California, Berkeley; MobileWorks)
Date: Wednesday, October 24th
Time: 12-1pm
Room: GHC 8102

How can we cultivate a crowd that's always on, highly engaged, understands what you want, and generally right?  I'll discuss ongoing work at MobileWorks, a crowd platform that pairs peer guidance and worker mentorship with a positive social agenda to make it easy to carry out more complex tasks than ever before with an online crowd.  I'll share recent results from using MobileWorks to design better crowd-powered applications that can communicate with us in real-time, understand our needs, be creative on demand, and more.

Anand is a senior PhD candidate at the University of California, Berkeley, and CEO of MobileWorks, a crowd computing platform designed to enable new capabilities in crowdsourcing through training, peer interaction, and fair worker treatment.  As a former National Science Foundation graduate research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, he developed new techniques to introduce and maintain fairness in crowdsourcing, designed novel proof strategies in computational geometry, and taught undergraduate coursework in enterpreneurship.