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创意众筹网站Kickstarter开启高科技项目征集计划

近日,美国创意众筹网站Kickstarter发布了首个针对高科技项目的征集方案,旨在挖掘更富有创意,且对科技行业具有革命性影响的创新项目。

成立于2009年4月的Kickstarter是一家专为具有创意方案的企业筹资的众筹平台。平台一直致力于通过网络平台面对公众募集小额资金,支持和激励创新性,创造性,创意性的活动。

在本次发布会上,Kickstarter的技术团队以LightSail、Oculus和OpenROV等众筹项目为例,描述了平台将在未来重点关注尖端科技产品。

LightSail项目由Bill Nye发起,是一个可以在iPad、安卓、Chromebook等平板上安装的图书馆应用,收集了适合K12学生阅读的来自400多个出版商的8万多本图书。该程序目前拥有用户数量将近20万,并且和纽约市教育局、芝加哥公立学校、丹佛公立学校等机构达成了合作。

2012年,Oculus携带其VR设备登陆Kickstarter,获得了近250万美元的众筹融资,并且成功引起了Facebook的注意。2014年,Facebook宣布以20亿美元的价格收购Oculus。在Facebook看来,Oculus的技术开辟了全新的体验和可能性,不仅仅在游戏领域,还在生活、教育、医疗等诸多领域拥有广阔的想象空间。

2015年,"水下无人机"OpenROV在Kickstarter上线,并成功获得了超过80万美元的融资。

除了上述这些尖端科技类众筹项目外,Kickstarter还希望挖掘更多的工具类产品项目,例如Particle's electron board和Artiphon's Instrument 1。其中,Particle's electron board是一款用于协助人们制造物联网loT设备的工具,而Artiphon's Instrument 1则是一款类似乐器,用于音乐创作的科技产品。

此外,Kickstarter还计划寻找更多运动类产品,例如Lumos的新型自行车头盔和Lumio的变形台灯。

Kickstarter负责人表示,该项目征集计划是受到了Y Combinator对创意产品开发的呼吁,同时,这也是平台践行支持艺术与创意承诺的重要一步。

If you look at what's trending on Kickstarter, you'll see a bunch of gadgets, games and quirky knickknacks. While they all look fun and promising, it seems Kickstarter wants to see grander campaigns much more creative and forward-thinking than usual. The crowdfunding website has published its first request for projects that focus on innovative designs and revolutionary technologies. Its design and tech team is looking for three types in particular, starting with ones that push the envelope.

Perhaps the best examples for that category are LightSail, the Bill Nye-helmed campaign that brought Carl Sagan's "solar sailer" to life, and the Oculus VR headset. Oculus raised $2.4 million on the platform, which is impressive, but what the campaign really did for the team is bring it to Facebook's attention -- the social network ended up buying Oculus for a cool $2 billion. There's also OpenROV, the underwater drone that raised over $800,000 on the platform.

In addition to technologies that push the limits, the team is also looking for campaigns featuring tools that can help bring other people's projects to life. A couple of good examples are Particle's electron board that people can use to make IoT devices and Artiphon's Instrument 1, which can function as several types of musical instruments. Finally, they're also looking for campaigns that feature avant-garde designs, such as Lumos the next-gen bicycle helmet and a shapeshifting modern lamp called Lumio.

Kickstarter says it decided to publish its request, because it was inspired by Y Combinator's call for startups. It's also part of staying true to its promise to support arts and creativity as a public benefit corporation, which was also the reason why the company hosted a special STEM event for kids last year. So, what can you expect if your project fits any of the three categories Kickstarter is looking for? The company says it will work with you one-on-one to help make your campaign shine and "spotlight it for [its] community of 13 million backers."


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