Kickstarter April

This month I’ve sponsored two projects, Daniel Greaves’ ‘Mr Plastimime‘ and ‘The Library Cafe, Hackney‘. One’s likely to get funding, the other may miss the target.

I really liked the concept of Hackney Cafe as it’s very much a community based project. To put an arts cafe in a deprived area like Hackney with an open library and spaces for small arts events is a worthwhile experiment, especially as much needed local services are cut back due to the recession. Sadly, I think this will miss it’s target.

Mr Plastimime‘ indulges one of my guilt pleasures, stop motion animation. Something I’ve loved since I was a child and continue to enjoy. The director’s previous short films have been well received, so I’m sure this new film will be as good.

There were two other project that almost got funding. The Vamp, a Bluetooth based speaker amp that allows you to turn old speakers Bluetooth compatible devices. My main reason for not funding it, was that the company appeared to be well established and the project didn’t give enough back to the local economy with designs being shipped to the Far East. So effective the project was a glorified pre-order scheme. But still a very nice idea and I liked it’s implementation.

The second project that nearly made the grade was STEMcards, a project to stimulate STEM activity in schools. But ultimately, I felt the project wouldn’t be sustainable.