What are the Partner's roles?
I've been talking to various people and I've realized that it's a little unclear how the various sponsors involved with my Kickstarter are connected to the project. There are a couple different ways that people and organizations are helping me out, there are also a bunch of different schools and organizations that will benefit if I am funded-
Helping me teach (and often teaching me in the process)- The Fundi Bots have been my main partners for teaching in Uganda. They are the people you see in all the videos. It's my hope to build on my previous work with them and the Ugandan Institute for Research and Instrumentation (UIRI) while bringing electronics production skills to Uganda. Ideal Farmers are some wonderful Ugandans I met during my last trip. They teach people how to adopt new agricultural and farming techniques. I'll be automating some farm equipment with Ideal Farmers and the Fundi Bots before teaching the two week robotics camp with the Fundi Bots, Carl Twarog from East Carolina University and Oysters & Pearls. This is all already happening with or without Kickstarter funding. If funded I'll also be teaching with Johnny Long's team in Jinja and with educators in Rwanda through the kLab in Kigali, Rwanda.
Gave me some hardware or software- The guys at Othermachine loaned me a sweet Othermill which I've been using primarily for creating PCBs and teaching PCB Design. Texas Instruments gave the Fundi Bots and I some MSP432 microcontrollers- very similar to Arduinos- with which we teach workshops. SparkFun donated a whole bunch of scrap electronics including a lot of hardware that the Fundi Bots and I were able to easily repair. Eagle CADSoft gave me a free educator license of their software. Thanks guys!
Who I'd like to leave hardware with- Backing of this Kickstarter will enable me to leave hardware with Ideal Farmers so that they can recreate the prototype the Fundi Bots, Carl and I build. With the Fundi Bots' help Ideal Farmers will continue to teach how to integrate technology into the farmyard for more prosperous agricultural yields. I'll need at least $300 for each farm I hope to leave with automation hardware. The cellular unit alone costs $100 and then there are still the microcontrollers, solenoids, sensors, solar units, batteries, springs, pipes and wire needed to complete the prototypes. We'll be using some hardware I have but I can't afford to leave it with my partners without your help!
If funded I'll also be leaving technology with various high schools and middle schools. I already have tentative agreements to teach at St. Kizito, Gayaza High School, Gulu High School, Gateway Restoration, Nabisunsa, Kyambogo College and other organizations. $2,000 would allow me to leave about 3 kits worth of high school appropriate technology at each of the schools listed above.
There are really four different types of hardware I would like to leave with people in Uganda-
Rework kits: A rework machine, high quality soldering iron, solder, lots of solder wick and flux. Cost: $200 - $400 plus shipping
Artistic kits: Enough e-textiles to teach a workshop of about 10 artists how to embed electronics in their paintings or textiles and take some materials home to continue embedding. Cost: $200 plus shipping
Farm automation kits: Cellular phone unit, microcontroller, solenoid valves (2 - 4), bilge pump, solar, battery, etc. Cost: I'm honestly not 100% on these numbers since we'll be prototyping in Uganda and I'm not 100% sure what the design will wind up looking like and my partners will be providing things like batteries, wire, etc. $300 - $400
Other things the Kickstarter will fund- Transportation between workshop sites, baggage fee for extra airline bag containing the Othermill, travel insurance, Visa fees.
The lady who bought me the plane ticket- Oysters & Pearls is a non-profit organization dedicated to helping Ugandan education efforts, specifically for blind and technology students.
With the exception of leaving hardware with the farmers at Ideal Farmers I will not be donating anything other than my own time to any of my partners or sponsors. None of them will receive money or hardware as a result of this kickstarting effort. All the hardware will be going to farmers, students, teachers, engineers and entrepreneurs in Uganda and Rwanda.
Thanks for your time- Linz