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Crowdsourcing Weekends: Pebblebee Stone, This Is Nowhere, The Muslims


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This is Crowdsourcing Weekends! This post highlights three different crowdsourcing projects I liked from Kickstarter, Indiegogo, or other crowdsourcing websites.

Pebblebee Stone

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Use the Pebblebee Stone to track your pets to know when they come and go, and be alerted if they make a dash for freedom. Or, put it on anything you tend to leave behind like your re-usable grocery bags, umbrella, jacket at a restaurant, or water bottle at the gym.  You can set notifications for if things become too warm like your car, garage, or wine cellar. Or use it to know what to where that day by getting better location-specific weather information, since weather apps are generalized by city.  You can also send preloaded texts like “On my way” or “Running late” to a predetermined contact. It’s safe, not to mention legal!

Also, if you walk home after work or class everyday, have the button set to let your friends or family know where you are or call 911. Have the peace of mind that help is only a discrete press away.  The Button can be set to 3 different control modes:

  • Manual – Use the app to manually select the two actions you want to happen when the button is pressed; quick press or hold (2 seconds).
  • Automatic – preset to automatically change based on the time of day.
  • Smart – learns your preferences over time and adapts itself. By recording what you want at the corresponding time of day and location, it will automatically adjust to which commands you need at the time.

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As of June 21st, this project has raised around $31,000 of their $30,000 goal. This project only has 24 days left to raise as much as it can! For a pledge of $25, you will get one Glacier White stone.  For a pledge of $45, you will get two stones.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to: https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/pebblebee-stone-item-tracker-smart-button/x/3587818#/story

This Is Nowhere

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Jeremy Koreski was born and raised in Tofino, a small town on the West Coast of Canada where his dad worked as a fisherman and oyster farmer. It’s the place he still calls home, and he has been lucky enough to spend his life here photographing one of the last unspoiled coasts in the world.  His photos have appeared in surf, nature, outdoor and travel magazines around the world, and he has had shows in Canada, the United States and Europe. But so far, he has never had an opportunity to present a full collection of what he consider his best work.

That’s what he hopes to do with This is Nowhere. By compiling his best photos from the British Columbia coast from the last 15 years, he wants to showcase his home and demonstrate the importance of preserving it for the future.  The concept for This is Nowhere is actually the inverse of what the title might suggest. Places like the B.C. coast—remote, lightly populated and mostly roadless—have often been treated as ‘nowhere’ areas that don’t have much value beyond the resources can be taken out of them. But in reality, this is a place that’s full of life, has an amazing culture and history, and is absolutely priceless to protect. For myself, his family and many others here, this place is everything. So to him, this book is about deconstructing the idea of nowhere and demonstrating that places like this have a value that goes far beyond money.

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As of June 21st, this project has raised around $38,000 of their $41,798 goal. This project only has 16 days left to raise the $41,798 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $8, you will get three 5×7 cards.  For a pledge of $45, you will get one signed copy of This Is Nowhere.  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/773814430/this-is-nowhere

The Muslims

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Ahmad Philips is currently developing children’s games for the Islamic Online University’s home schooling program.  He graduated in animation, with the intent to make animated cartoons for our Muslim children. Alhamdullah has been given the chance to do that and need your help.  ‘The Muslims’, is an Islamically oriented cartoon about a Muslim family of 4. A father, mother, son and daughter, and their interactions with each other and the society around them. The show is for kids and is centered around seven year old Hani and five year old Huda.

This is meant to help Muslim children learn Islamic values to better develop their relationship with their parents, friends, society, and their Lord. It will inshaa Allah educate them on how to respond to everyday challenges of life.  His team has already written a season’s worth of episodes, so if this first episode is funded, don’t think it will be the end. They’ll be working inshaa Allah to make more episodes afterwards. Initially the show will be in English only, but they hope to have the show subbed and possibly dubbed in other languages later as well.

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As of June 21st, this project has raised around $4,000 of their $8,000 goal. This project only has 27 days left to raise the $8,000 or it will not be funded!  For a pledge of $10, you will get five digital wallpapers. For a pledge of $25, you will get early online access to this series!  To learn more and to pledge money, go to:  https://www.indiegogo.com/projects/the-muslims-cartoon-series/x/3587818#/story

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