Geeks and Tweaks: What Computer Programming Contests Can Teach Us About Innovation – NYTimes.com

Intellectual property law decidedly favors Pioneers over Tweakers. We think this is a questionable strategy. At the very least, we ought to think about what the right balance is between the two broad forms of innovation, and how we can design the right incentives to promote that balance.

An interesting window into this question is a longtime fixture of geek culture — the computer programming contest.  MathWorks, a Natick, Massachusetts firm, has sponsored a series of online programming contests to promote their MATLAB programming language.

via Geeks and Tweaks: What Computer Programming Contests Can Teach Us About Innovation – NYTimes.com.

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