2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight: The Future of Citizen Science

Written by Megan Simpson | January 22, 2014

Learn about the future of citizen science via Jessica Richman at SXSW 2014

Thirty-thousand members of the digital community will descend on Austin this March for the 2014 SXSW Interactive Festival. This year, the festival will feature more than 800 sessions about multiple topics, including innovation and exploration. Today’s installment of the Session Spotlight features San Francisco-based Jessica Richman, who is presenting a Future15 solo presentation on “The Future of Citizen Science”. Follow Richman on Twitter at @venturejessica.

SXSW: Please tell us more about your panel.
Richman: Did you want to be a scientist when you grew up? Citizen science allows all of us -- even those who are not "official" scientists -- to be involved in moving the frontier of human knowledge forward. What is the future of science in an age of crowdsourcing, instant communication, and the rise of the pro-amateur?

SXSW: What type of attendee should attend your Future15 session?
Richman: People who love science and asking questions about the world: Quantified Selfers, tinkerers, makers, experimenters, PhD dropouts, PhD drop-ins, students who want to think about more than just their own narrow field, people who look up at the stars and ask, “why?” Attend this session so you can learn how you can get involved in citizen science and how the future of science is changing. What will the world be like when anyone can get involved in science? How do we make that world? Come join us! There’s no need for any special background, scientific or otherwise.

SXSW: What knowledge will attendees walk away with?
Richman: You'll learn about how you can get involved in citizen science and be part of the revolution that is allowing more than just the 7 million scientists in the world be a part of generating knowledge.

SXSW: What do you hope to gain by speaking at SXSW Interactive?
Richman: I look forward to getting people excited about citizen science and learning and sharing with everyone I meet.

SXSW: Aside from your own, which session at SXSW Interactive are you most exited about?
Richman: The Glenn Greenwald interview. What a hero.

SXSW: Not necessarily related to your topic at SXSW, what is your favorite current TV show?
Richman: I really liked Orange is the New Black. So many stories, and so many that are rarely told with that degree of sensitivity and honesty.

SXSW: Tell us something about yourself that is not in your official bio.
Richman: I was on the wrestling team at Stanford for a VERY brief period of time.

Watch this website for more installments of the 2014 SXSW Interactive Session Spotlight. Click here for the complete list of programming for March in Austin. Register now to attend “The Future of Citizen Science” and other programming at SXSW Interactive 2014.