Keplr: A Science Education System Where Everyone Wins

Yan Zhu / Justin Carden

This project ended on:
11 October 2013


Budget Overview

Our budget goes to living expenses for our team of 4 developers, server costs, and transportation costs.

Meet the Researcher


Yan: Dissatisfied with my science education in high school, I dropped out at 16 and ended up at MIT. There I got a B.S. in Physics, worked for MIT Admissions as a blogger, started the MIT Society for Open Science, and did odd things like implement RSA in Scheme due to peer pressure. After 4 months as a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellow at Stanford in experimental cosmology, I left and became a self-taught freelance web developer. Thinking about machine learning, transparency in research, and ways for science to leverage the human connectivity of the Internet keeps me up at night.

Justin: I'm a full-stack developer & scientist that spends a lot of time doing a mix of research, analysis, and engineering. You'll usually find me coding in Ruby, Clojure and Javascript. Recently, my research has pushed me into C, Julia, CUDA and Python. After starting a Y Combinator startup and working on technical problems in the automotive, software and pharmaceutical industries, I'm excited to be tackling problems in synthetic biology, cancer pathology and proteomics from a computational perspective. I'm currently doing research at Stanford in the Radiology Department.

Over the course of the last decade, citizen science projects like Galaxy Zoo and NASA Clickworkers have shown that the public is capable of making important contributions to research. We're excited about the potential of web-based crowdsourcing to give ordinary people a role in the research process and increase their interest in science. Imagine a world where middle school students analyze images of cancer cells for scientists as part of their biology homework, in exchange for a guest lecture from the researcher.

Thus, Keplr is a mutually-beneficial exchange that not only makes research for scientists more efficient but also improves the quality of science education for students around the world. It's a worthwhile experiment to make science fun and productive for everyone, and we're ready to test it out.

The site itself will include:

Project Backers

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