BY KATIE COLLINS, it’s been an important and formative year for crowdfunding platforms Kickstarter and Indiegogo. Not only has awareness about crowdfunding as a means of fundraising grown exponentially, but we’ve started to ask questions about how and why they should be used. One example of this is the debate over whether established names and celebrities who could theoretically secure backing elsewhere deserve our support on these platforms.
The UK version of Kickstarter has been up and running for just over a year now and Indiegogo has proven particularly popular as a platform for projects likely to have an international appeal. The films, games and products that have been brought to life through the generosity of strangers are too numerous to acknowledge individually, but here to warm the cockles on this cold winter day are our favourite crowdfunding success stories of the year:
The 3Doodler first appeared on our radar in February this year, and following its successful Kickstarter campaign, we had the joy of seeing the finished model on show at IFA in September. The pen lets you “draw” 3D designs using plastic that hardens as it emerges from the nib. It is now up for pre-order for $99 (£60) and is expected to ship in February 2014, or sooner for those who backed the Kickstarter project.
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