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Baghdad was a hub of art, science & ideas. Inspire that attitude again by sharing hackerspaces with Iraq.
Baghdad was a hub of art, science & ideas. Inspire that attitude again by sharing hackerspaces with Iraq.
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      Box Corners Diety on March 18, 2014

      Anyone else not receive stickers?

    2. Sarrailh Rémi on August 29, 2013

      I have yet to receive my pledge too.
      Not that I really care about it, but informations about it would be cool.

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      jetdillo on July 20, 2013

      I got my reward packet this morning. The print showed up in good condition, got a couple stickers and a nice report on the progress the team has made. Go FIKRA space!
      Yes this is about 7 months late but such is the way of Kickstarter.

    4. spongefile
      on July 10, 2013

      @angelo Same here. Also this is the first Kickstarter I've backed (out of several) where the creator has flaked out entirely on the pledge rewards with no comment at all. The comic would be nice to get, but what I'd really like is an explanation as to why nothing was sent if nothing's getting sent. Principle of the thing, as it casts doubt on how well the other goals of this project were carried out.

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      Angelo Neuschitzer on July 1, 2013

      I have not received anything either. While the comic is not the reason I pledged for the project, it would be nice to know if it is going to happen or not.

    6. Alexander Von Below on May 26, 2013

      I have not received anything yet, and Bilal has not answered my message from April, either :(

      So, I join in the chorus: Has anyone received anything?

    7. spongefile
      on May 6, 2013

      Has anyone received anything yet? T shirt/comics/etc?

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      Benjamin Lebsanft on March 12, 2013

      When will the t-shirts be sent out?

    9. Pascale Scheurer on October 18, 2012

      Brilliant! Well done. Fantastic inspiring project. I'm proud to be a backer.

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      Marie Frank on September 18, 2012

      Amazing! I am sure many people with a variety gifts made this possible. Something sooo positive when the general media has so much negative. I hope you get lots of press!
      The best of luck and success to all.

    11. ALKEM-i on September 17, 2012

      Fantastic work, Bilal and team! ممتاز to you.

      I hope that "mumtaz" means "excellent" in this context, and is not just a complement on your cooking or something ;-)

    12. Sarmaad Amin on September 17, 2012

      Congratulations.. I am so thrilled to see this initiative.. the world need more of this.

    13. Patrick Reding on September 17, 2012

      Congratulations, gentlepersons. Go and do good.

    14. Kim Boekbinder on September 17, 2012

      This project makes me feel hope for the world. Thank you.

    15. Bilal Ghalib 3-time creator on September 17, 2012

      Amazing! We did it! Thank you everybody!!! I'm in a meeting with Lamba Labs and we're all super excited to see this movement supported by the the global community!

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      Joel Baxter on September 17, 2012

      Congrats. You did an excellent job with the updates for this project; I always hate to see a Kickstarter that is just left to die on the vine when the donations don't immediately roll in.

    17. Pawel Ngei on September 17, 2012

      Wow! :D Congratulations!

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      Angie Little on September 17, 2012

      Like Jenee, I was also wondering about how you're thinking about usual hackerspace gender imbalance -- I agree that the founding team is really important as they'll shape the focus of the space, so that's really cool that you're thinking about how to make that team diverse. Loved the story-telling component to this as well. Super important to get many stories out there. Posted your cause to facebook, hope it helps! :)

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      Benjamin Lebsanft on September 17, 2012

      Yeah, I'm very glad too, seems to make it really close :)

    20. Pawel Ngei on September 17, 2012

      Okay, $32 is all I can squeeze right now. I won't waste your money on stickers or shirts, but I'd love to see the comics :)

      And of course, all my friends on Facebook and Diaspora already know about your Hackerspace.

    21. Matt Prindible on September 17, 2012

      Bilal - thanks for sharing your passion and excitement with us! Glad I could play a small part...

    22. Bilal Ghalib 3-time creator on September 17, 2012

      Thanks Farrah! I'm so excited about this too. I was a little disheartened for a while, but this is amazing!

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      Farrah Haddad on September 17, 2012

      I think I'm going to burst with excitement! You're almost there with just 13 hours to go!!

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      Benjamin Lebsanft on September 17, 2012

      Shared this on Facebook and Diaspora, hope you can make it :)

    25. Bilal Ghalib 3-time creator on September 16, 2012

      Isaac. Thank you so much, we respect your effort to support a more peaceful world. YTMND!

    26. Isaac Elias on September 16, 2012

      As a U.S. Army veteran, I am trying to reach out to other veterans who have given months and years of their lives to promote a stable, democratic, modern and free Iraq.

    27. geekscape on September 16, 2012

      Hacking for peace and the benefit of humanity. Good goals.

    28. Bilal Ghalib 3-time creator on September 16, 2012

      Pawel, Nora and Baker you make my heart sing. Judging from the rate we're increasing it looks like we might just make it! AMAZING! The world wants to see beautiful things happening and I'm honored to have my GEMSI team and all of my amazing backers supporting this happening.

    29. Nora Mandray & Hélène Bienvenu on September 16, 2012

      You can make it! You've made incredible progress so far! We're with you. Let the DIY spirit spread all over the world! The Frenchies from

    30. Pawel Ngei on September 16, 2012

      Originally I pledged you a dollar - just wanting to support the action.

      Today I realized that I don't really need a new Obsidian game, and it will be funded by other people anyway. So, here's my $20 for the brighter future of Middle East. I hope you'll succeed!

    31. Baker Humadi on September 16, 2012

      Great project Bilal. I am very happy to know of people like you exist...

    32. Bilal Ghalib 3-time creator on September 15, 2012

      David, people like you really help. It's the power of the network and community that will get this Kickstarter pushed out far enough to really make a difference.

      If each of our 283 backers has 2 friends that need tee shirts. We'll be meeting our funding goal :)!

    33. David Eliason on September 15, 2012

      It is kind of small though.

    34. David Eliason on September 15, 2012

      Just spammed my entire linked in network for you. Hope it helps!

    35. Nora Mandray & Hélène Bienvenu on September 9, 2012

      This is such an exciting project! You can make it! Hi from Detroit, where we're also following maker spaces for our interactive film on DIY Detroit! Cheers! Nora and Helene

    36. Jenee Hughes
      on September 7, 2012

      Bilal -- I definitely agree, and it makes me happy to see you guys are thinking about it so early on in the process. I wish all the best for your hackerspace, and its founding team :)

    37. Bilal Ghalib 3-time creator on September 5, 2012

      Jenee - gender balance is something that we have on our minds! Thanks for the reminder to speak about it. After being at dozens of hackerspaces in the states it's important to note the gender inequality and we're excited to be able to bring the issue up early on in the process of developing the spaces. It's GEMSI's opinion that the population of the space is heavily influenced by the founding team, if you have a diverse founding team your space will attract diversity!

    38. Jenee Hughes
      on September 5, 2012

      Will the hackerspace be open to and/or reach out to Iraqi women?

    39. Bilal Ghalib 3-time creator on September 3, 2012

      Hind! We will be coming to Beirut first! This Kickstarter is focused on Baghdad through it's momentum will be supporting GEMSI's work at large! See you in Beirut Sept 9!

    40. Hind Hobeika on August 31, 2012

      Nice work guys hoping to launch the same in Beirut!

    41. Matthew Valancy on August 28, 2012

      Keep up the good work Bilal! Helping people to solve their problems themselves is great.