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Drones: Just a tool of war or a life-changing device for the people who need it the most?

Drones: Just a tool of war or a life-changing device for the people who need it the most? | Crowdfunding Bulletin |
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The secrecy that shrouds how the military uses drones naturally raises concern. Nevertheless, drones are not going away any time soon. Consumer drones appear to be the next big thing we can expect to see in the near future. Meanwhile, some innovative and interesting ideas emerged from the TEDGlobal conference held in Edinburgh, Scotland last summer.

#drones #technology #amazon #matternet #tedglobal

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Crowd-funding could solve energy poverty in remote townships : Renew Economy

Crowd-funding could solve energy poverty in remote townships : Renew Economy | Crowdfunding Bulletin |
A proposal to use crow-funding and community ownership to install solar and reduce reliance on expensive and dirty diesel generation in WA has attracted huge interest.

A clean tech expert is hoping to tap into crowd-funding and community ownership models to help install solar energy and address the soaring costs of dirty fossil fuels in remote Western Australian communities.

Peter Hansford of Regional Cleantech Solutions, recently hosted a community solar forum at Notre Dame University in Broome. It attracted  110 people and $120,000 in pledges for community solar projects.

Hansford is confident that such a model an be used to harness the plentiful solar resources of north-western Australia and he has spoken with five separate indigenous communities in the Kimberley region about such projects.

In the Kimberley region, the average daily usage by household is 34 kWh, compared to 16 kWh across the nation, and can be as high as 50 kWh in the wet season. The cost of energy – mostly sourced from diesel trucked in from regional centres – is also high. Hansford said that in some communities truck in costs and energy bills can reach up to $11,000 per household per year.

Jarlmadangah currently spends around $209,000 on diesel per annum for its town of 70 people, a small school and health clinic. The community of Yakanarra is said to have five months of diesel stockpiled – around 300,000 litres, equating to $600,000.

Looma, just eight kilometres away from Jarlmadangah, has a weekly ‘truck in’ money fund that each working community member must contribute to, totalling around $35 per person, per week.

The Kimberley area also receives a larger than proportional amount of ‘Hardship Utility Grants’ to assist with paying bills, mainly energy bills. Although the Kimberly holds only 0.16% of the Western Australian population in 2010 they received 0.37% of these allocated grants, in 2011 it was 0.30%. These figures are almost two to three times the state average.

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Marc Kneepkens's curator insight, September 29, 2013 1:10 PM

Crowdfunding, Renewable Energy, small sustainable initiatives, less carbon, win-win solutions. Here's a great example of what creative minds can come up with.

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Are we trapped by too many rules? | Onclaude - Empowering Design Innovators

Are we trapped by too many rules? | Onclaude - Empowering Design Innovators | Crowdfunding Bulletin |

What drives crowdfunding's growth in Europe and what are the current obstacles? 

Can crowdfunding help to fill the financing gap for small firms and start-ups? What are the opportunities and the risks? How to ensure the integrity of the crowdfunding model and protect contributors?

Here are some insights from the European Commission, which held a workshop on crowdfunding in Brussels on June 3th with more than 250 people participating.

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Towards an ecosystem for early-stage finance and innovation through crowdfunding

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A paper with a collection of essays written by the conference speakers at ECN first International Crowdfunding Convention in Vienna.


#crowdfunding #openinnovation

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Corona SDK Application Design - Free eBook Share

Corona SDK Application Design - Free eBook Share | Crowdfunding Bulletin |
eBook Free Download: Corona SDK Application Design | PDF, EPUB | ISBN: 1849697361 | 2013-06-13 | English | PutLocker

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Fox eBook's curator insight, September 30, 2013 10:40 PM

Corona SDK is a software development kit, which allows programmers to build mobile applications oniOS and Android devices. It is used by developers to build, both business and gaming apps at record speeds.

“Corona SDK Application Design” will show you the power behind Corona SDK and how to make best use of its features to create your own apps. Learn to create apps using your unique ideas quickly and easily.’

You will start with a quick introduction to Corona SDK and the Lua programming language. Follow examples for creating a business as well as a gaming app to help you learn how to utilize Corona’s built-in features effectively to develop professional-looking apps with excellent functionality. Soon you will be confident enough to create your own apps and publish them on popular app stores. Towards the end of the book the author shares some of his own tried and tested marketing techniques to help you get your app seen and downloaded by as many people as possible.

What you will learn from this book

Learn the basics of Lua to start developing appsCreate a business application for a local businessDevelop a fun puzzle game suitable for kids and adultsUse Corona’s exclusive Storyboard featureMake your game available to the public

A step by step tutorial that focuses on everything from setup to deployment of basic apps.

Who this book is for
Have you ever wanted to create your own app? Then this book is for you. You will learn how to create apps using Corona SDK and how to publish your app so others can get a glimpse of your creation. This book is aimed at both Android and iOS app developers. The reader must have basic knowledge of app development.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Getting Started With Your Mobile Adventure
Chapter 2: Learning Lua
Chapter 3: Creating Your First App
Chapter 4: Creating a Puzzle App
Chapter 5: Testing and Publishing
Appendix: Tools, Services, and Marketing

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Crowdfunding's Growth Spurt Going Strong

Crowdfunding's Growth Spurt Going Strong | Crowdfunding Bulletin |
Crowdfunding platforms are multiplying around the world and the sums that they're raising are growing exponentially.

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Symbid's curator insight, June 27, 2013 3:55 AM

By the end of 2013, crowdfunding is expected to reach $5.1 billion in funds raised, Massolution reports.

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Go Ana Go! | Onclaude - Empowering Design Innovators

Go Ana Go! | Onclaude - Empowering Design Innovators | Crowdfunding Bulletin |
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Is street-to-street crowdfunding old school fundraising? A young designer succeeds in funding her entire venture at Milan Design Week thanks to Lisboners' donations.

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