The Dawn of Networked Science

This summer, Edward Melcarek, a Canadian in his 50s with a master's degree but no Ph.D., solved yet another scientific problem through InnoCentive, an open, online platform that connects world-class scientists with companies to collaborate on complex scientific challenges. InnoCentive works by broadcasting companies' problems to a network of scientists, who receive cash prizes of $10,000 to $100,000 for submitting winning solutions. The money is incentive enough to people like Melcarek, who