Funded! This project was successfully funded on September 18, 2012.

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      Creator Robert Sidney Cox on March 18

      Anyone else not receive stickers?

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      Creator 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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      Creator 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.

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      Creator 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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      Creator 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.

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      Creator 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?

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      Creator spongefile on May 6, 2013

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

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      Creator Benjamin Lebsanft on March 12, 2013

      When will the t-shirts be sent out?

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      Creator Pascale Scheurer on October 18, 2012

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

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      Creator 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.

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      Creator 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 ;-)

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      Creator Sarmaad Amin on September 17, 2012

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

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      Creator Patrick Reding on September 17, 2012

      Congratulations, gentlepersons. Go and do good.

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      Creator Kim Boekbinder on September 17, 2012

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

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      Creator Bilal Ghalib 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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      Creator 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.

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      Creator Pawel on September 17, 2012

      Wow! :D Congratulations!

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      Creator Ed Lewis on September 17, 2012

      Waaaahooooooo!

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      Creator Benjamin Lebsanft on September 17, 2012

      Congratulations :)

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      Creator 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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      Creator Benjamin Lebsanft on September 17, 2012

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

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      Creator Pawel 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.

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      Creator Matt Prindible on September 17, 2012

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

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      Creator Bilal Ghalib 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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      Creator 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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      Creator Benjamin Lebsanft on September 17, 2012

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

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      Creator Bilal Ghalib on September 16, 2012

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

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      Creator 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.

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      Creator geekscape on September 16, 2012

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

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      Creator Bilal Ghalib 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.
      +BG

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      Creator 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 www.detroitjetaime.com

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      Creator Pawel 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!

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      Creator Baker Humadi on September 16, 2012

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

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      Creator Bilal Ghalib 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 :)!

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      Creator David Eliason on September 15, 2012

      It is kind of small though.

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      Creator David Eliason on September 15, 2012

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

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      Creator 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

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      Creator 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 :)

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      Creator Bilal Ghalib 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!

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      Creator Jenee Hughes on September 5, 2012

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

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      Creator Bilal Ghalib 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!
      +BG

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      Creator Hind Hobeika on August 31, 2012

      Nice work guys hoping to launch the same in Beirut!

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      Creator Matthew Crenshaw on August 28, 2012

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

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    A GEMSI sticker and a digital copy of the comics we're creating. Supporting us at this level makes you our friend and grows the network of people who are interested in supporting collaborative community spaces around the world. Any involvement is helpful!

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    A GEMSI teeshirt to wear when you need an extra smile and all the rewards above. Supporting us at this level starts making it possible for us to rent equipment for the two day space, each shirt = one table or Arduino kit.

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    A self-published book of the comics we're collecting, backer recognition in a comic and everything above. Supporting us at this level makes your hair shinier. It also means that we can pay for our supplies like SD cards and external harddrives which we need to help document and share this movement.

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    A limited edition screen printed version of one of the comics from Riwaya wa Bidaya, signed from 1-99. Supporting us at this level makes you a superhero. With this we can buy materials for the workshops, travel around in Iraq and buy kidnapping insurance.

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    At this level the funder receives a prototype 3d printed open source heart rate monitor developed for the hackerspace workshops in Baghdad. Own a bit of this historic event and connect with this amazing product which brings with it the concept of open source entrepreneurship to Iraq. Order the first 3 if you want to own one that was made in Baghdad too! http://summit.oshwa.org

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    Original comic art will be created for a story you think is incredibly inspiring. Help us imagine and share to change the world. What idea do you want to share? Comics will be considered for the book. You will also get everything 75$ and below. At this level you become a visionary. With this support we can pay for the live stream set up and crew costs. The live stream will share the 10 comic stories we are collecting in Baghdad with Beirut through the Share Conference (sharebeirut.net) and with the world through the hackerspace network.

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    An “Iraq Would Be Better If...” canvas print modified by Iraqi artist Susu Attar. At 'Amal wa Amal, our two day hackerspace, we will facilitate the creation of a collage made by attendees who finish the sentence "Iraq would be better if...". We will scan this collage, have an archival canvas print made, then Susu (susuattar.com) will customize the print especially for you. You also get everything $75 dollars and below. At this funding level (and above) you become a super backer and are the lifeblood of our project. Superbackers get their name/company logo placed as sponsors of our project. As a sponsor we would love to have a skype call with you to discuss your involvement with GEMSI both short and long term.

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    This reward is especially for San Francisco Bay Area companies and organizations interested in experiencing the GEMSI vision and energy first hand. At this level, you get a presentation by a GEMSI member on the latest & greatest from our work in the Middle East and a 2-hr brain storming and creative problem solving workshop. We can't wait to meet you!

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    A custom half-day program for your team or community group facilitated by members of the GEMSI team. Choose from a number of different workshop offerings: Collaborative open-source design, 3-D scanning and rapid prototyping, creative problem solving, and others. Experience for yourself what GEMSI is all about - we can't wait to meet you! (At this reward level we are able to offer workshops within North America. If you are outside that area and interested in a program with GEMSI, message us!)

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