Hello beautiful Kickstarter backers! The Heat Seek NYC team wishes you a wonderful new year! We’re long overdue for a campaign update, so let’s jump right into what we’ve been up to throughout the fall and holiday season.
Thanks to you and our NYC BigApps 2014 tour de force, we’ve been able to finance the production of over 100 Heat Seek sensors to date. We’re working with CASA (Community Action for Safe Apartments) and the Urban Justice Center to install these in select apartments in Brooklyn and Queens where heating code violations are frequent, and we’ve already managed to capture several violations.
Large scale production remains a challenge, but our primary goal is still building a tool that stands up in housing court and that’s useful to the attorneys and community organizations that can use it to produce meaningful results. We’re well on the way to accomplishing that goal, although the focus on quality over quantity means that our initial 1,000-sensor goal may be out of reach, at least for this heating season.
So what about the Heat Seek NYC organization? We’ve incorporated as a New York non-profit and filed for federal 501(c)(3) treatment. We remain an all-volunteer organization, although we’ve continued to grow, adding a Government Relations Lead in November. We’ve also built an incredible board of directors with decades of experience in civic technology, non-profit management, and housing policy.
In addition to focusing on sensor production and organizational development, we’ve also done our best to rally the community behind the cause of adequate heat for ALL New Yorkers. We’re working with more advocacy groups and tenants associations than ever, and we’ve met some wonderful people--tenants, attorneys, tech enthusiasts, and non-profit experts--along the way.
Over the past few months, we’ve received some stellar media coverage, including this recent piece on CNBC’s “Game Changers”. Even Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams voiced his support by announcing that he will be placing Heat Seek sensors in his own apartment building.
In December we circulated a Kickstarter questionnaire to those of you who requested T-shirt and hoodie perks to ascertain sizing. We’re aware that some donors didn’t receive the survey, and some of you provided your sizing in the comments. We’ll follow up individually with you if we still don't have your sizing, or if we need more information. Otherwise, we’re happy to let you know that we’ve placed the order for the bulk of the Heat Seek T’s and hoodies, and we’re on schedule to ship them to your doorstep by the end of February.
We’ll report on other perks in a forthcoming update, including a web featurette thanking our Heat Seek Angels and the awesome custom sensor designs we’re cooking up.
And finally, THANK YOU!
We couldn’t have gotten this far without the wonderful support we’ve received from you, our Kickstarter backers. We’ll keep you posted on all of the above and more as the heating season progresses.
The Heat Seek NYC Team