CHI EA 2014
Conference paper

Crowdfunding: An emerging field of research

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Crowdfunding, the request of resources through social media, has generated much discussion in the popular press; however, there have been few systematic empirical studies of this growing phenomenon. We bring together the leading HCI researchers in crowdfunding and crowdsourcing to discuss this potentially transformative socio-technical innovation that may advance (or harm) human capabilities to create and collaborate. We will discuss current empirical research on crowdfunding and the future of research in this field from diverse perspectives including computer science, social science, communications, and design, using both qualitative and quantitative research methods. To make real progress towards realizing future research, we will lead a discussion with the audience.