Who are we?

Institute of Quantitative Social Science

The Crowd Innovation Lab (CIL) at Harvard University researches and provides guidance on how teams and crowds are organized to perform tasks and functions. More specifically, through partnerships with NASA's Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation, Harvard Medical School, and other academic and non-profit organizations, the lab designs and fields complex, computational problems that can be solved through crowd sourcing.

Currently, the Crowd Innovation Lab supports 4 tracks:

  1. NASA's Center of Excellence for Collaborative Innovation/ NASA Tournament Lab
  2. Precision Medicine Contest Series with the Broad Institute
  3. Challenges for the Federal Government
  4. Contests in Microfinance with MIT's Laboratory for Financial Engineering (LFE)

The lab studies crowdsourcing as a tool, which includes the following:

  • Assess benefits and disadvantages of crowdsourcing
  • Advance knowledge on when and how to use crowdsourcing
  • Provide academic expertise to commercial crowdsourcing platforms
  • Define contest problem definitions through data extraction and re-framing
  • Define incentive structures
  • Facilitate the adoption of crowdsourcing processes and integration of crowdsourcing products
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