A fantastical online world where kids confined or isolated in Children's hospitals can escape - and forget where they are and why.
WHY A VIRTUAL WORLD
Fandorum is a virtual world that is designed specifically with kids and teens in Children's Hospitals in mind. The biggest problem these children and teens face (besides their illness) is isolation and loneliness. We aim to change that.
With Fandorum chatting and hanging out with their friends from school can continue (virtually) without major disruptions - and it's especially during these times that kids and teens need to feel as normal as possible. It's so important that they feel they can continue with their lives and relationships, rather than put everything on hold.
WHAT WE ARE CREATING
Creating a virtual world means that there are no visiting hours. It means that even if their brother, sister, father or mother is sick (and can't come to visit them in the hospital), they can all still spend time together. It means no more long hours, days or weeks of isolation and loneliness.
At the same time, kids and teens will be able to meet and interact with kids in other Children's Hospitals, who are dealing with the same illnesses as they are.
The child or teen's room in the virtual world will be modeled after the actual hospital where they are staying. This way the world becomes an extension of their actual room. In their virtual room however, they'll be able to customize it and really trick it out. And most importantly, from within their virtual room or hospital, they can find gateways to incredible new worlds.
Eventually, Fandorum will be open to all kids or teens. But for the first phase, a kid or teen who wishes to join, must enter the name of a patient already using the virtual world.
WE WANT KIDS TO FORGET (even if just for a few hours)
The nice thing about a virtual world, is that our imagination is the only limit. So we'll try to create cool stuff so that kids can get 'lost' in the world.
Maybe if you click on a few thing on your hospital bed, it transforms into a Pirate ship, and you can jump into a Pirate game! Currently we have a space station picture on the wall in our virtual world modeled after the Fresno Children's Hospital. When you click on it, you are transported to a Star Trek worthy space station complete with a space fighter game!
The walls in some Children's hospitals are covered with murals- paintings of underwater life and the jungle. So we want to make those paintings fantastical portals to other areas! Clicking on the underwater scenes bring them to a underwater base! Clicking on the Forrest mural brings them to the jungle world.
Help us build new worlds for the kids. We'd love your ideas for different worlds (screens and scenes) as much as your financial backing!
USE OF FUNDS
We have functioning prototypes. Some might even call them alphas. At this point we need to raise $20k to integrate art for a number of locations we have created into our virtual world engine, integrate new/additional features into our engine (cards and gifts), and develop some final features that will make the virtual world functional. Finally we need the funds to find a server to host Fandorum.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
pledged of $20,000 goal
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on May 23, 2012.
Apr 23, 2012 - May 23, 2012 (30 days)
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Pledge $10 or more
Our world will have a credit screen. Your name will be included on that screen!Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $25 or more
In the virtual world, just as in real Children's Hospitals, there is a walk of fame (or Sponor hall) with different sized gold or bronze stars with the sponsor's name and amount on it. We'll give you a small star in the walk of fame in one of the virtual hospitals (that correspond to an actual Children's Hospital).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $30 or more
For $30.00 We'll give you a medium star in the walk of fame in one of the virtual hospitals (that correspond to an actual Children's Hospital).Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $50 or more
For $50.00 We'll give you a large star in the walk of fame in every virtual hospitals (that correspond to an actual Children's Hospital) that we build in the first year.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012
Pledge $100 or more
For $100.00 your name and contribution amount will be placed in a large gold star in the walk of fame (or sponsor hall) in every virtual hospital we created for the life of the project.Estimated delivery: Sep 2012