EyeWire’s creative director on how she got her job from an email, how her team is highlighting the beauty of the brain

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Amy Robinson spent everything she had to attend the TEDx Workshop at TEDGlobal 2010. A connection she made there led to her current position as the creative director of EyeWire. Photo: James Duncan Davidson Amy Robinson spent everything she had to attend the TEDx Workshop at TEDGlobal 2010. A connection she made there led to her current position as the creative director of EyeWire. Photo: James Duncan Davidson

Amy Robinson maxed out her bank account to attend TEDGlobal 2010. While there, she heard Sebastian Seung of MIT give the talk “I am my connectome” and knew she had to talk to him.

Two years later, Robinson—the organizer of TEDxHuntsville—saw on Twitter that Seung was launching something new: EyeWire, a game allowing citizen scientists around the world to map the 3D structure of neurons. Robinson sent Seung an email, casually suggesting some ways to get people excited to play. Soon after, Robinson was hired as EyeWire’s creative director.

Robinson talked to Science Careers this week, telling them more about the email that got her this amazing job and what it was like to…

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