Kickstarter's Guide to CES 2017

Even in a city that embraces sensory overload, Las Vegas' Consumer Electronics Show (CES) is impressively overwhelming. This massive annual gathering of gadgets offers a first look at new products and serves as a survey of the ideas, trends, and buzzwords that will shape the next year in tech. 

With so many examples of AI, VR, AR, IoT, BLE, and TMI on display — including more than 225 Kickstarter-funded projects — even the most voracious early adopters can have a hard time taking it all in. We've created this guide to help you cut through the noise and discover a few of our favorite things, whether you'll be walking the show floor or just following along at home.

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Lessons from Our First Month of Kickstarter Live

Last month, Kickstarter Live became available to all creators that have launched a project on Kickstarter. Since then, we’ve seen creators use it to broadcast dance rehearsals, their drawing skills, cooking tutorials, and more. We also hosted a few live streams to share more about how the tool works and how creators can use it to connect with their communities. Here’s some of what we learned.

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Workshopping Design with Brainpool

Last month, we hosted an event to introduce designers and technologists to members of Brainpool, a collective of experts that are passionate about using design to create positive impact. We set up six tables dedicated to different stages of the design process and encouraged questions, open discussion, and of course, doodling. Here were some of the takeaways from the evening.

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Introducing Kickstarter Live

Today we’re thrilled to announce the release of Kickstarter Live — a new way to share and experience the creative journey as it happens. Kickstarter Live brings live video and real time community engagement onto Kickstarter for the first time.


Over the past few months a select few creators have beta tested Kickstarter Live. They’ve used it to broadcast cooking shows, host live product demos, perform songs, play test games, rehearse a new play, countdown the final seconds of their campaign, and much more. It’s brought their communities closer together, their creativity into the light, and their projects hundreds of new backers.

The key to Kickstarter Live is its intimacy. It brings creators and the people supporting them right into the same room together. And it encourages personal connection. Viewers can ask questions, chat, send selfies, select rewards, and back the project — all while tuned in.

We built Kickstarter Live in collaboration with a small startup based in Vancouver called Huzza, and in the months to come we’ll continue to develop it further in exciting ways.

Over the years Kickstarter has become known as a powerful and unique way to bring creative projects to life. It encourages radical transparency in the creative process, a generous spirit of community, and independent creative expression. Kickstarter Live takes all of that even further. We can’t wait to see how you use it.

To learn more visit To discover upcoming streams in action hosted by the Kickstarter community visit

Asking for an Update on Your Reward

You've graciously supported a project on Kickstarter. You watched as the project creator excitedly met their goal, and for the first few months after the campaign ended, you followed along with the creator's updates, eagerly awaiting the estimated delivery date. But then, perhaps something happened. Maybe the creator is posting updates less frequently, or the estimated delivery date of your reward has passed and you haven't received or heard anything. Maybe you received the wrong reward altogether or just want to let them know that your shipping address has changed. We've been there too, and have answered lots of questions from backers with each of these questions –– we’re here to help! Here are our suggestions on how to best approach the situation.

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Guest Post: Lessons from Artist Scott Teplin


My name is Scott Teplin and I’m an artist living and working in New York City. Since my fourth Kickstarter campaign is now underway, I thought it might be helpful if I shared share a few lessons I’ve learned and applied to my current campaign, BIG SCHOOL

BIG SCHOOL is a 6-foot-wide maniacally detailed, hand-made watercolor drawing that imagines the architecture of a screwball school. Today I'm writing about how to better prepare for your project before you go live. Here are few things to think about months before you build your campaign.

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Announcing Election Issues: Make Something of the Election

Today we’re launching Election Issues, a collection of political creations to spark conversation and action, made by our community for everyone to use. 

This compendium of resources is inspired by the idea that interacting with political issues in creative ways — reading, writing, dancing, singing, drawing, and more — can encourage profound reflection.

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