I want to demystify hacking culture, so I'm backpacking across the country, documenting my experiences in America's best hackerspaces.
Where are we going, and why am I in this handbasket?
In this project, I will cover the most interesting hackerspaces on both coasts. This includes New York City, Boston, Philadelphia, Washington DC, San Francisco, Oakland, Seattle, and Vancouver.
Along the way, I'll be taking photos, writing about the positive impact that hackerspaces are having on their communities. I will also be working with various people at these hackerspaces to teach about privacy, security, and censorship.
All photos will be released with a Creative Commons license. When I traveled to Occupy Wall Street, I took more than a thousand photos. With at least eight cities and 30 days on this trip, I expect to shoot more than three thousand photos.
- Transportation and meals in each city
- Preparing and developing photos
- Printing the book itself
- Rewards for the backers who made this possible
- Equipment as needed
- Contingency & fees (Kickstarter and Amazon take 8-10% off the top)
If you've donated to Kickstarter projects before, you've probably got enough t-shirts and tote bags to last you a lifetime. Because this project is so personal to me, I want to offer something more personal.
Prints: I will pick the photo that I feel best represents the project and offer it as a signed and numbered print. Blank Postcards are typical 4x6 inch postcards, showcasing some of the best shots. Postcards from me are handwritten and sent along my journey. The Book is printed on glossy paper by a professional bookmaking company and between 160 and 200 pages long. Posters are 11x17 inches and feature several photos, along with a description of where and when they were taken. The Occupy book is smaller, at 100 pages in length.
What happens if I don't raise $1800?
I only have enough funds to visit hackerspaces in one to two cities, which severely limits the story I can tell.
What happens if I raise more than $1800?
If luck is on my side and I raise more than $1800, I will add more cities to my journey, more hackerspaces to each leg of the trip, and give backers bonuses for being awesome.
It's simple. We fund the Batman. If I reach $3000 of funding, I will send out a poster to every backer who gave $20 or more.
$3000 Cities: Baltimore, Portland.
$4000 Cities: Montreal.
$6000 Cities: Chicago and others to be determined.
Anonymous pledges: Kickstarter allows pseudonyms to be used when backing a project. If you back this project using a pseudonym, I will be happy to donate your copy of the book to a library. More info.
Risks and challenges Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
One of the biggest potential challenges in this project is getting permission to take photos. I've mitigated this by getting permission from hackerspaces in advance, and letting them know when I will be arriving.
I will be taking care of fulfillment myself, so I've researched every reward and have three vendors available for each item.
I do have multiple forms of transportation lined up, just in case.
Have a question? If the info above doesn't help, you can ask the project creator directly.
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Funding Unsuccessful This project reached the deadline without achieving its funding goal on March 8.
Feb 25, 2013 - Mar 8, 2013 (11 days)
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I offer you the highest of fives.Estimated delivery: Mar 2013
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A hand-written thank-you postcard from me.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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A set of 6 hackerspace postcards.Estimated delivery: Jun 2013Add $1 to ship outside the US
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Exclusive behind-the-scenes interviews with hackers, politicians, and information activists. Plus the postcards.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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A signed 8x10 print, access to exclusive interviews, and the postcards. Plus, I will write you a postcard (by hand) while on my travels.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013Add $3 to ship outside the US
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Get a signed first-run copy of the book. All of your hacker friends will want to borrow it.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013Add $3 to ship outside the US
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The book plus all lower reward tiers.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013Add $3 to ship outside the US
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I will write you a postcard from every leg of my journey. You will also receive all lower reward levels.Estimated delivery: May 2013
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All previous rewards, including blank postcards, signed copy of the book, exclusive interviews, signed print, and me writing you postcards from my travels. Not to mention the highest of fives.Estimated delivery: Oct 2013
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You will receive a book of photos I shot while at Occupy Wall Street in November 2011. This book has never been offered in print before, and will be signed and numbered. (This is in addition to all lower reward tiers).Estimated delivery: Aug 2013Add $5 to ship outside the US
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I will go to any hackerspace of your choosing in the US or Canada, take pictures, and include it in the book.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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I'll go to two hackerspaces of your choosing in the US and/or Canada.Estimated delivery: Apr 2013
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I will go to any hackerspace in Europe (some restrictions apply).Estimated delivery: May 2013