Top 40 Platforms for Crowdfunding Social Change This post is a guest blog by Josef Davies-Coates and it originally appeared on the P2P Foundation blog. Crowdfunding is a new word for an old idea. The Oxford English dictionary defines it as “the practice of funding a project or venture by raising many small amounts of money from a large number of people, typically via the Internet”. Digital Designs for Physical Objects Days Remaining: 0 Could you live on Mars? Certainly not without great design and engineering. That's why we, in cooperation with NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, are excited to present the Makerbot Mars Base Challenge. Wall of Silence - Women's Aid This November Avon UK and GLAMOUR magazine teamed up to launch the Wall Of Silence, a campaign created by GLAMOUR reader Charli Bailey who took up the magazine's challenge to its readers to create a campaign for Women's Aid and Refuge. The Wall Of Silence is made up of real people who have posted "shhh" selfies tagged #wallofsilence on Instagram, Twitter, Facebook or uploaded them directly to the site. It has also been supported by some of Women's Aid's celebrity supporters, including Ambassadors Jahmene Douglas and Charlie Webster (below).
How Fiverr.com is changing the creative economy $5 at a time Fiverr.com co-founder Micha Kaufman The website Fiverr poses two immediate questions for its community of users: What would you do for $5 and what would you pay someone else to do for $5? And with a rapidly growing base of 600,000 service gigs, the answers to both appear nearly limitless. "When we looked at what was out there, we realized that there were options for people that were willing to work for as little as one cent," Fiverr co-founder Micha Kaufman told Yahoo News in a phone interview from Israel. FingerReader Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber, Meng Ee Wong, Pattie Maes, and Suranga Chandima Nanayakkara. "FingerReader: a wearable device to explore text reading on the go". To appear in the proceedings of the International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). 2015 ACM [PDF] Roy Shilkrot, Jochen Huber, Connie K.
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The 4 fatal flaws of failed Kickstarter campaigns Crowdfunding is having monumental impacts upon all across all areas of entrepreneurship. Founders who would once require tens if not hundreds of thousands of dollars in seed rounds or bank financing are skipping altogether the cumbersome and costly route of equity and debt based funding and instead coming to Kickstarter. This is changing the face of business as we know it. With just Kickstarter campaigns raising over $112 million in the first quarter of 2014 and $144 million in the second quarter; it’s clear crowdfunding is becoming a prolific player in the power struggle for startup growth.
WarkaWater Inspiration The Warka’s water harvesting technique and construction system are inspired by several sources. Many plants and animals have developed unique micro- and nano-scale structural features on their surfaces that enable them to collect water from the air and survive in hostile environments. By studying the Namib beetle’s shell, lotus flower leaves, spider web threads and the integrated fog collection system in cactus, we are identifying specific materials and coatings that can enhance dew condensation and water flow and storage capabilities of the mesh. The termite hives have influenced the design of Warka’s outer shell, its airflow, shape and geometry. We also looked at local cultures and vernacular architecture, incorporating traditional Ethiopian basket-weaving techniques in Warka’s design.
Learning to Give - Teachers Moments of Service Lesson Plans Themed teaching resources to support calendar events. Includes lesson plans, toolkits, project ideas, and more. Toolkits Guides designed for service coaches to support teachers and volunteers with resources, ideas, tips, and stories. Webinars 3 Internet of Things Security Nuances You May Not Have Considered Over the past 18 months, I’ve been in a variety of situations where I had the opportunity to discuss the Internet of Things (IoT) with various industry professionals, developers and journalists. It intrigued me to realize that many of my viewpoints often differed from others discussing the topic in articles or event presentations. With that in mind, I wanted to share three topics that I find are discussed less frequently. Regardless, these topics should be an important aspect of the conversations we need to be having on this rapidly growing subject. 1. Crowd funding and IoT Go Hand-in-Hand
Kairos T-band Smartwatch: Best of analog-digital Watches express who you are. Kairos T-band allows you to wear your favorite wristwatch while enjoying all the benefits a smartwatch can bring. Smartwatches and wearable devices (smart bands) are here to stay. It began as a simple notification extension of your smart phone. It evolved into counting your steps, calories, and sleep patterns. We are now seeing more and more app support where you can control music, turn speech to text, GPS navigation, and also remote starting your vehicle.
Crowdfunding rare disease research – one family at a time If one of your loved ones was sick, what would you be willing to do to help? For millions of Americans in the US, even though they would give up anything and everything, there is no way for them to help. For many rare diseases, because they are so rare, there are no therapies or even diagnostics. What is needed is research. Pubslush Is Like Kickstarter for Authors Name: Pubslush Big Idea: Pubslush is injecting Kickstarter-esque crowdfunding into the publishing process. Why It's Working: Traditional publishing has a lot of overhead costs and bureaucracy that make it hard for potentially popular books to get published; with it's pledging model, Pubslush guarantees an audience before putting ink to paper.
MDMA The Movie Watch our First Short Film on MDMA Therapy A Dangerous Party Drug? Despite the drug war, the recreational use of MDMA has spread around the globe, and its use is only rising. Unfortunately, so are “ecstasy-related” fatalities.