The Oatmeal’s Nikola Tesla museum: Crowdfunding has been good to the arts and sciences, too, as Web comic The Oatmeal has raised over a million dollars on Indiegogo for a project to build a Nikola Tesla museum. Originally created to save the site of Telsa’s incomplete Wardenclyffe Tower, the project moved on to a museum after the tower was demolished, turning its former site into a science center honoring the inventor. The project raised more than $1 million in just 9 days, and ultimately received $1.3 million from Indiegogo. But the project benefited from outside success as well, maxing out their matching grant of $850,000 from New York state for over two million in funds going to create a “Goddamn Tesla Museum.”
Ouya: Games often do very well on crowdfunding sites, and in Ouya’s case, a game console has also done incredibly well, recently raising in the neighborhood of $8.6 million, millions over its original $950,000 goal. Upon reaching this goal, Ouya’s chief executive, Julie Uhrman was proud to proclaim that this proves “consoles aren’t dead.” Notable backers of Ouya include Minecraft developer Marcus “Notch” Persson, Robert Bowling of Robotoki, and Brian Gargo from Robotoki.
Double Fine: The adventurous computer game Double Fine stands out as incredible, thanks to a lightning fast funding: this project was 100% funded in just over eight hours. Kickstarter deemed March 13th to be “Double Fine Day,” celebrating the project’s big finish as it raised $3.3 million from 87,141 backers.
Diaspora: Crowdfunding is a form of social networking, so naturally, it’s a great place to turn to in order to raise funds for an open source social network. That’s just what Diaspora did, bringing together four young programmers from NYU to spend the summer building the open source personal web server. The students blew through their original $10,000 goal to raise more than $200,000 from 6,479 backers. Reported to be among those backers? Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg himself.
Stompy the Giant Spider: Stompy the Giant Spider is a 6-foot walking spider robot that you can ride. Sound fun to you? More than 1,500 other people thought so too, helping Project Hexapod bust through their $65,000 goal to raise nearly $100,000 for the giant spider. The team behind Stompy is made up of student-makers, instructors, and a TA, bringing together their backgrounds as Battlebots builders, military robot designers, and professional programmers. With such great support, they’re well on their way to making their dream of large-scale spider robots a reality.