I'm getting curious about all these online predictive challenges going on, such as DREAM, Kaggle and Innocentive. Surely they all are good occasions to work on new projects and new ideas, to know other collaborators, to get important training about science, and to possibly win some money
And also they could represent a good point in one's resume. So I was wondering: in job application processes (in both industry and academia), do candidate selectors care about the participation of the candidate in any of these challenges?
If yes, how much?
If no, why not?