Crowdfunding Astronomy Outreach Projects: Lessons Learned from the UNAWE Crowdfunding Campaign

In recent years, crowdfunding has become a popular method of funding new technology or entertainment products, or artistic projects. The idea is that people or projects ask for many small donations from individuals who support the proposed work, rather than a large amount from a single source. Crowdfunding is usually done via an online portal or platform which handles the financial transactions involved. The Universe Awareness (UNAWE) programme decided to undertake a Kickstarter crowdfunding campaign centring on the resource Universe in a Box2. In this article we present the lessons learned and best practices from that campaign.

Abi J. Ashton, Pedro Russo, Thilina Heenatigala (Submitted on 4 Dec 2014)

Comments: Published - Communicating Astronomy with the Public journal #16 (4 pages) (2014)

Subjects: Computers and Society (cs.CY); Instrumentation and Methods for Astrophysics (astro-ph.IM); Physics Education (physics.ed-ph); Physics and Society (physics.soc-ph)

Cite as: arXiv:1412.2115 [cs.CY] (or arXiv:1412.2115v1 [cs.CY] for this version)

Submission history From: Pedro Russo [v1] Thu, 4 Dec 2014 10:37:26 GMT (268kb) http://arxiv.org/abs/1412.2115

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