Solve problems for enjoyment, and the potential to earn thousands of dollars for accepted solutions. Work on your own or as part of a problem solving team. Some challenges are pay-for-success, and others have a guaranteed payout.
Registered Problem Solvers are invited by email to solve challenges. Once you agree to work on a problem, you are given the details of the challenge, and are introduced to your team members. Teams are comprised of 3 or 4 of your peers and assigned a Facilitator. Each team is given an online ThinkSpace® where you can communicate with each other, enter and update ideas, and ask the Seeker questions.
You will meet with your team online at least once a week, but you can enter your ideas and solutions at any time. Typically, one team members is chosen to write up the solution that is presented to the Seeker.
There is a vast array of problem types: big data, artificial intelligence, machine learning, electrical, mechanical, chemical, medical, nanotechnology, virtual reality, etc. Problem Solvers are needed in all these areas and more. This is a great opportunity to augment your income by working part-time in your spare time, or as a freelancer. And you can accept only the projects that interest you.
It's also a great place to meet new people in your field and share in the excitement of creating new solutions.
Also, adding your your IdeaConnection problem solving awards on your resume is an effective way to communicate your problem solving skills.
If you are interested in doing research, make sure to check off the "Research" checkbox in the categories listed on the sign up form. You will then be sent offers to do research work as well as being invited to solve challenges.