6:00 pm - 7:00 pm


Counter Culture Labs
4799 Shattuck Ave., Oakland, CA

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Whether you’re a scientist, create science art, or make science tech, amateur or professional, there are great ways for you to use Kickstarter. During this workshop, you’ll get a primer on how to bring your project to life by looking at case studies of past science projects, followed by a Q&A and community brainstorming discussion. Bring yourself, your idea, and something to take notes with.

Crowdfunding has proven to be a vital part of funding DIY science – both Counter Culture Labs and BioCurious raised over $30K each to jump start our labs.

The Glowing Plant project raised close to half a million (and enough controversy to cause Kickstarter to change some of their policies), our Real Vegan Cheese project raised $37K on IndieGogo last year, our own Shanee raised $6K for an interactive kinetic sculpture art boat, and former CCL’er Jing Luo raised more than $20K in a one-man campaign for a cellphone mounted microscope.


We’ll discuss pros and cons of Kickstarter’s all-or-nothing versus flexible campaigns, Do’s and Don’ts, our own experiences with crowdfunding, and Kickstarter’s stance on GMO’s (you can send out plasmids, but not GM “organisms”).

Aurora Thornhill is the Science and Exploration Outreach Lead at Kickstarter. She started at Kickstarter almost 4 years ago as a member of the Community Team. Throughout her years at Kickstarter, she’s facilitated creators across all categories in bringing their ideas to life, with a focus on projects in the Technology category. Most recently, her attention has shifted to the needs of the science community. In February, she collaborated with NYU’s ITP and the Citizen Cyberscience Centre (a partnership between CERN, the University of Geneva, and UNITAR) to put on Science x Kickstarter, a weekend long hackathon dedicated to bringing designers, artists, makers and writers together with scientists to collaborate on bringing scientific ideas to life. She’s worked closely with numerous science related projects including LightSail, OpenTrons, and Lunar Mission One, to ensure their success.

For those of you who can’t get enough of fundraising workshops, do check out the info session on Alternative Exposure grants in the ballroom at 7pm, or stick around for our Fermentation Station, or Lab Night!

Kickstarter 101 for Science Creators – Learn to crowdfund your projects!

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