Hey ya’ll, (@team and anyone else)
So relatively last minute but I did get an email from LFNW (cancelled) to put together a video presentation which they would like submitted by ~8th of May by the latest. Here’s the original subject that I was going to present on
How to Turn Ideas Into Open Gear:
This discussion will be focused on information and resources available for developing small scale DIY projects into community designed & supported hardware for all. Topics will include various funding mechanisms from grants, ransoms and VCs to crowdfunding; stages of growth and sustainability; ethics and environmental impact of sourcing and manufacturing; and contextualizing open hardware in the general market.
It was intended to be a panel, and of course is very Snowdrift related (total coincidence) - If anyone has any interest in contributing info, insights or even a brief video if they want to be featured (or know of someone else who would be a good fit) please let me know! It would be great to try to make a livestream panel and then record it but this might be unrealistic given the time frame, etc.
I’ll add more about it on this thread as I make progress but some specific topics I’ll address:
- context of FLO hardware
- in this time of crisis with medical shortages of ventilators, PPE, etc
- issues related to sustainable development (i.e. sourcing, scale and scope of smaller projects such as mine, etc)
- ecological impact, recyclability
- differences between FLO and non-FLO hardware/ funding
- Crowdfunding: Crowdsupply, Snowdrift vs traditional Kickstarter type stuff
- other funding mechanisms/ business modelsfor hardware vs FLO hardware: bounties, grants, VCC, etc.
I’m by no means an expert on this but i’ve done research as it is related to me in trying to get figure out funding for music tech (my own projects included) - which is why is was intended to be a panel.
Any input is greatly appreciated, and of course I want to represent Snowdrift properly in the context