Become a Problem Solver

Innovate the World!

Earn Money Solving Problems

Average Earnings for Solved Challenges and Writing Algorithms: $5,000
Average Earnings for Consulting: $55,000

You too can become one of our innovative [CHALLENGE WINNERS]

Solve Problems for Pay and Enjoyment

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.

Become a Consultant

To receive offers to do consulting work, please register, making sure to check off the field labeled "I am interested in consulting work."


If you are interested in doing research, make sure to check off the "Research" checkbox in the categories listed on the sign up form. [REGISTER] You will then be sent offers to do research work.

Invitation to Solve Problems as part of an Online Team

"We were very impressed by each other's skills that were perfectly complimentary for this task," Harper says. "We seemed to be able to cover all the bases with very few gaps in our knowledge – and kudos to Paul Wagorn and Scott Wurtele because they realized exactly what the project needed."
– Bernis Harper, PhD

Registered Problem Solvers are invited by email to solve problems. Once you agree to work on a problem, you are given the details of the challenge, and are introduced to your team members. Teams comprise 3 or 4 of your peers and assigned a Facilitator. Each team is given an online ThinkSpace® where they 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.

Your IdeaConnection awards are automatically entered into your Innovative People "Awards and Recognition" Problem Solver profile. Make sure to also list your IdeaConnection problem solving awards on your resume. It's an effective way to communicate your problem solving skills.

Problem Solver Interviews

Read what some of our Team members have to say about working with IdeaConnection as part of a team, or through individual efforts.

Note: The majority of problems available to be solved, problems being worked on and problems already solved, are confidential and are not available for public viewing.


"I just wanted to add, this was one of the most positive experiences of my retirement (right up there with traveling with my husband!). Thanks to you all and have fun with phase II." - K K