I've had this idea in my mind for a while now and I wanted some of your opinions on this.
I'm a PhD student in Computer Science. I feel like the inventions that many students do just go within writing and their main goal is to publish papers in conferences and forget about it - at least that's what happens in Computer Science department for the most part. After all what is the main purpose of doing research? To innovate new things, right?
I want to create a platform where people could talk about their work and other people could interact with them and give them ideas or criticize or may be even give ideas to commercialize their work and what not; kind of like a social network but very professional.
I'm not sure what is the deal with other departments like Mechanical Engineering where they can invent "cool" things but many times it just vanishes off as a school project. My idea is to put their work on the web and update it when they progress. The general public could follow their work (or even VC's or Angels could stumble upon) and may be able donate or pledge for their inventions and so on.
My main concern is that they are so many things that vanishes within school that I want to bring into light. Do you think people will use this platform or is there more of a chance that people want to keep what they are working on to themselves and not use this platform?
P.S. I've read open ended questions that was closed and also read answers that encourage to pitch ideas here so I'm not sure if this is the right place to ask this question but it doesn't hurt to ask.