Free Your Money: Open Source Crowdfunding Tips & Tools

Accepted Session
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Scheduled: Thursday, June 25, 2015 from 11:00 – 11:45am in B304


Crowdfunding has become big business for companies like Kickstarter and Patreon. This 'corporate crowdfunding tax' can sometimes burden small projects. Is it time to kick commercial crowdfunding to the curb? Let's share new strategies for DIY marketing and funding project online with Open Source tools


Many developers and artists alike have used services like Kickstarter, IndieGoGo, PayPal, Tilt, and Patreon to fund their individual projects—and in equal measure, plenty have complained of the costs and platforms associated with these services being more of a burden than a blessing. This session is a hybrid between a 30-minute presentation on DIY Open Source tools used for Crowdfunding such as Tilt Open or Drupal Crowdfunding and how to make sure that your transactions are safe and secure; a guided discussion on the pros and cons of these crowdfunding tools and companies such as Kickstarter, Patreon, IndieGogo, and Tilt; and a participatory mapping of current tools used by the group. With enough time, we may be able to do a roundtable with the group and discuss different strategies used by discussion members in their individual projects.

This talk is aimed at a beginner level. Some knowledge of web hosting and basic web development is helpful but not necessary—that will be given as a supplemental reference in the talk. People with project ideas who are interested getting started are encouraged to join, ask questions, and learn from the group. People who have experience with DIY projects and Crowdfunding are encouraged to participate and share their experience with those who may be getting into it for the first time.


DIY, projects, tools, crowdfunding, entrepreneur, discussion

Speaking experience

This is a new talk that I am excited about--I feel that this has a cultural impact that goes further than mere software development. About my speaking experience, I am the organizer and host of the long-running Poetics Corvallis poetry reading series and I have organized and hosted the annual Festival Poetics for the past two years. I am very interested in the way that small, self-starter projects can be made sustainable and want to share that knowlege with the OSBridge community this year. I am currently building my roster of topics and material for talks at tech conferences and I will be giving a talk at CHIFOO in Portland this year about building Empathy in Online Education. It would be a great honor to speak at OSBridge as well.

If you are skittish reading this, I am open to hosting this topic as a panel and including individuals from the community who may be seen as having more speaking experience than I have.