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A non-profit organization seeking to inspire and engage youth through youth. Learn. Share. Connect!
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INKspire: An Online Publishing Platform for Youth

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Hi there! Thanks for checking out INKspire’s Kickstarter campaign. We hope you’ll join us and become a part of this amazing initiative.

What is INKspire?

INKspire is a non-profit organization that strives to inspire and engage youth (ages 14-29) by providing a dedicated publishing platform where young people can learn from one another, share their stories, thoughts and ideas while connecting with other youth around the world. INKspire hopes to encourage youth engagement in current global affairs and provide opportunities for young writers, journalists, and artists to showcase their talents. 

As a non-profit, any money INKspire makes will only be reinvested back into making INKspire better.

How Does INKspire Work?

Each month, INKspire will focus on a topic or issue to be explored through our three platforms: Arts, Social Issues and Science & Innovations. Youth will be able to submit content that align with our monthly topic in a variety of mediums (e.g. article, artwork, poetry, etc.) within our three platforms. 

  • INKspire Articles. Our very own writers will regularly publish articles that aim to inspire and engage readers in a wide variety of topics. 
  • Moderated Submissions. INKspire will accept and publish submissions that are in tune with the organization's vision and mission. All submissions will be moderated by INKspire editors before being published to the website. 
  • Youth Profiles. We acknowledge outstanding youths by publishing profiles that highlight accomplishments and great works in progress. 
  • Featured Organizations. INKspire will involve organizations and foundations whose goals and philosophies are in line with our monthly topic.

Why INKspire?

Youth lack a dedicated platform to voice their opinions and ideas and are in need of a medium where they can take a stand on issues they care about. We believe that youth can make a positive contribution to the world by adding unique insights to national and global matters. Not only will young people be able to share their knowledge and express themselves through INKspire, but they will also gain new perspectives and learn from their peers. INKspire will also be a gateway for stakeholders, key leaders and individuals to learn more about youth perspectives on different topics and issues.

We believe the main reason behind the lack of youth voices worldwide is that there are limited opportunities for youth publication. As a result, youth input on important national and global topics are significantly underrepresented in the media. Looking at the major news agencies and publishing platforms of today, we see that the majority, if not all, of them, are written by and catered to an older audience. This is why we created INKspire: to empower youth voices and have their opinions heard and valued by the entire global community.

Preview (Working Prototype)

INKspire represents a concerted effort to create a unique and fully integrated technology system that allows users to easily navigate the platform.
 
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Mobile and Tablet Friendly

Users are able to read approved content on any device (mobile, tablet, desktop). The site will be fully responsive using HTML5 and CSS3 technologies.

Content Management System

We make it easy for our users to submit content and for our editors to moderate submissions. Users can create their own profile where they have the ability to submit new posts, see their posts' status (pending, approved or rejected), and edit their profile. INKspire editors will moderate all incoming submissions and provide feedback when needed.

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Why We Need Your Help 

We've been working on INKspire on all fronts since August 2015. Although we have a working prototype, there is still much to do!  

With your support, we can finish a complete release of our platform and make it available to youth across the world. Your backing will help fund: 
 
  • Development and Design. We want to continue working on INKspire in 2016 by adding more features and revamping our current design. We plan to release the platform to the general public in April 2016.
  • Legal Fees. We need to register trademarks, draft up terms of use and privacy policy and register as a non-profit organization. 
  • Marketing. INKspire depends on user-generated content and our success will not only depend on our platform but also the reach of the organization. 
  • Infrastructure and Server. We need to ensure that the platform will be able to support the proper number of connections and users by upgrading our current server and hosting plan.
Any contributions would be greatly appreciated and even a $1 pledge shows your support and will get you access to our beta-launch! We also need your help in spreading the word of INKspire to more people, so please share our Kickstarter page on your social media!  

The People Behind INKspire

(L-R) Joanna Ong, Frank Ong, Ellier Leng
(L-R) Joanna Ong, Frank Ong, Ellier Leng

Frank is currently a Master’s student in Medical Sciences at McMaster University. He has a passion for helping youth and has been an integral part of several organizations that mentor youth with disabilities in regards to their leadership development, social well-being and physical fitness. During his time at McMaster, he led a diverse team of students and co-founded two organizations that address diversity, heritage and open access.


Ellier is a Master of Teaching candidate at University of Toronto. She graduated from McMaster University with a BSc in Biology and Minor in Business. Ellier has always had a strong passion for working with youth and has held various leadership positions in organizations that focus on teaching and empowering youth. She aspires to build a career in education and to continue working with more young people across the world.  


Joanna is an award-winning interactive developer who has worked on products across a variety of platforms and mediums. Within the past six years, her work has garnered numerous awards and nominations from the industry including Webby, Cannes, Emmys, FWA, Digi Awards and FITC. She works as a Senior Frontend Engineer and is the developer behind INKspire’s platform. 

Thanks! 

A big thank you to Betsy Hu for filming and editing our Kickstarter video, Eva Chan for our lovely logo and Monica Patricio for coordinating our marketing efforts. We'd also like to thank our team of writers and editors who will soon be writing and moderating content for our platform.
 

Risks and challenges

The biggest challenge with a major software project like INKspire is releasing the product on time. To mitigate delays, we set milestones and schedules that we regularly follow while prioritizing necessary features for our launch. We will also keep our backers in the loop once we reach certain milestones.

Another challenge is marketing INKspire to the public and making sure that we reach our target audience. We’ve been presenting INKspire to key leaders, various organizations and youth groups in the community. However, we know this type of marketing has its limitations. This is where Kickstarter’s global network can help INKspire reach a greater audience. We also have plans for expanding our networking efforts to national organizations and key leaders across Canada.

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    Pledge CA$ 1 or more About $0.76

    The simplest way to say “I support INKspire!” and be a part of our beta-launch in February 2016! When you create an INKspire account, you will also receive a Kickstarter Backer badge on your profile!

    Rewards:
    + Invitation to beta-launch (Feb. 2016)
    + Kickstarter Backer badge

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    Pledge CA$ 10 or more About $8

    You’ll receive all the love the INKspire team has to offer! And to prove it to you, we’ll send you a personalized “Thank You” postcard, INKspire stickers and add your name to our virtual wall of supporters on INKspire's website!

    Rewards:
    + Invitation to beta-launch (Feb. 2016)
    + Personalized "Thank You" postcard
    + INKspire stickers
    + Your name on virtual wall of supporters
    + Kickstarter Backer badge

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    Pledge CA$ 25 or more About $19

    We’ll help you get into the writing zone by sending you an INKspire notebook and pen! You’ll always be ready to write away when something “INKspires” you!

    Rewards:
    + Invitation to beta-launch (Feb. 2016)
    + Personalized "Thank You" postcard
    + Your name on virtual wall of supporters
    + Kickstarter Backer badge
    + INKspire goodies (Notebook, Pen, Stickers)

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    Pledge CA$ 50 or more About $38

    We’ve got your back. With a $50 donation, you’ll get your very own INKspire t-shirt on top of all previous rewards!

    Rewards:
    + Invitation to beta-launch (Feb. 2016)
    + Personalized "Thank You" postcard
    + Your name on virtual wall of supporters
    + Kickstarter Backer badge
    + INKspire goodies (T-Shirt, Notebook, Pen, Stickers)

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    Pledge CA$ 100 or more About $76

    RESERVE YOUR INKSPIRE USERNAME! (First-come, first-serve basis)

    We care about you and the environment, so we're giving you your very own reusable water bottle to help you stay hydrated all day! We'll also throw in a tote bag to carry all your INKspire goodies!

    Rewards:
    + Invitation to beta-launch (Feb. 2016)
    + Personalized "Thank You" postcard
    + Your name on virtual wall of supporters
    + Kickstarter Backer badge
    + Reserved INKspire username
    + INKspire goodies (Water Bottle, Tote Bag, T-Shirt, Notebook, Pen, Stickers)

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    Pledge CA$ 150 or more About $114

    YOU'RE A THINK TANK GENIUS! To make use of all those great ideas, you'll be invited to collaborate with the INKspire team in brainstorming sessions for our monthly topics!

    Rewards:
    + Invitation to beta-launch (Feb. 2016)
    + Personalized "Thank You" postcard
    + Your name on virtual wall of supporters
    + Kickstarter Backer badge
    + Reserved INKspire username
    + Invitation to brainstorming sessions
    + INKspire goodies (Water Bottle, Tote Bag, T-Shirt, Notebook, Pen, Stickers)

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    Pledge CA$ 240 or more About $183

    WOW! What a generous pledge! For this amount you will get your very own customized INKspire hoodie! (Includes all previous rewards.)

    Rewards:
    + Invitation to beta-launch (Feb. 2016)
    + Personalized "Thank You" postcard
    + Your name on virtual wall of supporters
    + Kickstarter Backer badge
    + Reserved INKspire username
    + INKspire goodies (Water Bottle, Tote Bag, T-Shirt, Notebook, Pen, Stickers)
    + INKspire HOODIE!

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    Pledge CA$ 250 or more About $190

    SILVER FOUNDING SPONSOR: Your name (or company name) will be listed as an official sponsor on INKspire's website for 6 months!

    Sponsorship Rewards (6 months):
    + Name listed on sponsors' page
    + Social media mentions
    + Company mentions at INKspire events
    + All rewards listed in the $240 tier

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    Pledge CA$ 500 or more About $381

    GOLD FOUNDING SPONSOR: Become an official sponsor of INKspire for 12 months! Your company or personal logo will be proudly displayed on INKspire's website.

    Sponsorship Rewards:
    + Name AND logo on sponsors' page
    + Name and logo on Facebook page
    + Social media mentions
    + Company mentions at INKspire events
    + All rewards listed in the $240 tier

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    Pledge CA$ 1,000 or more About $762

    PLATINUM FOUNDING SPONSOR: Become an official sponsor of INKspire for 12 months and have your name and logo proudly displayed on INKspire's website! You can select a month to be our featured sponsor on INKspire's front page and you will also receive recognition in INKspire events and promo items.

    Sponsorship Rewards (lasts 18 months):
    + Name AND logo on sponsors' page
    + Name and logo on Facebook page
    + Social media mentions
    + Company mentions at INKspire events
    + Featured sponsor for an entire month
    + Logo on INKspire promo items
    + All rewards listed in the $240 tier

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Funding period

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