Crowdsourcing Mornings: Open Source Beehives

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This is Crowdsourcing Mornings!  This post will take place every weekday morning and highlights one crowdsourcing project I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

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They’re trying to solve the colony collapse issue by making it easier than ever to keep bees.  Contribute now to become a beekeeper or support their research!  They’re a team of ecologists, beekeepers, makers, engineers, and open source advocates who believe that citizens, rather than governments or corporations, can solve this problem by taking action together.  Their team is based in Denver, Barcelona, and Brussels.  They’ve designed two downloadable, printable beehives: the Colorado Top Bar, and the Barcelona Warré. These hives aim to prioritize bee colony health, make beekeeping more accessible, and will ultimately allow you to log and study the health of your colony.

Your contribution will help them develop sensors to enhance their hives, connecting them to the Internet to log data about what is causing the bees to disappear around the world. This data can be used to study colony health, build hard evidence against the causes of the problem, and generate policy change and informed solutions moving forward.  Beekeepers have a long history of sharing ideas, skills, honey and collaborating. The Warré hive design itself was meant to be the “people’s hive”, and they are definitely not the first or only one’s to walk this path.  They want to thank those that came before them, that help them now, and that will come in the future.

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As of March 21st, this project has raised around $13,442 of their $20,000 goal.   This project only has 21 days left to raise the $20,000 or it might not be funded!  For a pledge of $15, you will get a link to download both their Colorado Top Bar v5 and Barcelona Warré v2 design files to print your own beehive!  You’ll also receive a PDF project manual, and resources to find a local place to print it.  You also join their supporter list!  For a pledge of $100, you will get a miniature laser-cut model beehive to assemble and keep in your home – a great reminder of your contribution to helping the bees.  You also get the Download Kit!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/open-source-beehives

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