September 28, 2016
Today I attended a presentation at Charles Sturt University titled "Crowdfunding research: Because it takes a village to fund the answers" presented by Professor Deb Verhoeven, Chair of Media and Communication at Deakin University. She was named Australia’s Most Innovative Academic in 2013 and initiated the Research My World collaboration between Deakin University and the crowdfunding platform pozible.com to pilot the micro-financing of university research. She said that crowdfunding is more than "getting money" and includes many intangible benefits such as public awareness, media coverage, etc. An evaluation of Research My World is here.