‘Magic Makers’ Launches CrowdFunding & Collaboration


‘Magic Makers’ — a new pilot show spotlighting the most innovative young minds changing the world — today announced the start of its crowdfunding program through the beta platform Memeni.

Created and hosted by social impact journalist Melissa Jun Rowley, ‘Magic Makers’ will feature students and innovators coming together to tell their inspiring stories and give them an opportunity to create new solutions to some of society’s biggest challenges, while working to better communities around the world. Centered around how STEAM (Science, Tech, Engineering, Art & Math) can benefit humanity, the show will be filmed inside the New York Public School District and include such visionary cast members as Jack Andraka (2012 Intel Science & Engineering Fair Gordon E. Moore Award winner), Abigail Harrison aka “Astronaut Abby,” TED Talk speakers Adora Svitak and Birke Baehr, robot engineer Easton LaChappelle, Girls Who Code hacker Nikita Rau, and four other extraordinary innovators and humanitarians.


“A STEAM renaissance is beginning to set fire to the world, and young people are moving mountains to see it to fruition,” said Rowley. “[We need] to bring these these brilliant minds together and show the world what they are capable of creating.” Seeking $75,000 in initial costs for production, expenses, and post-production work, ‘Magic Makers’ is set to begin filming in March of 2014 with a completion and release date within the calendar year.

“I’m excited about ‘Magic Makers’ because people can see what teens are doing to change the world,” said Jack Andraka, who has appeared on programs such as ‘The Colbert Report’ and ’60 Minutes’, “and hopefully be inspired to work through rejections on the way to making their own dreams come true.”

Activist Adora Svitak echoed those statements: “Young people have always had the drive, imagination, and even naivete to attempt changing the world,” she said, “but I’m excited about ‘Magic Makers’ because it illustrates the fact that this is the first time in history young people have had the power and resources to do it on a massive scale. I’m also excited about ‘Magic Makers’ because the people on the show aren’t the only magic makers — we represent an entire generation ready to do good.”

“We chose Memeni as our crowdfunding platform for many reasons: access to expert advice, volunteers, and the ability to stretch our funding goals being a few,” Rowley continued. “But it was the instantaneous capture of ideas and creating communities for innovation that really pushed us onto the site. Stars of ‘Magic Makers’ have already started sharing their new ideas on Memeni. Seeing their sparks of inspiration find potential to shine is a beautiful thing.”

To learn more about the show, please visit: memeni.com/MagicMakers.

About ‘Magic Makers’
Created by Melissa Jun Rowley, Magic Makers is a documentary series spotlighting the most innovative young minds changing the world. The pilot program stars Jack Andraka (2012 Gordon E. Moore Award winner), Abigail Harrison aka “Astronaut Abby,” TED Talk speakers Adora Svitak and Birke Baehr, robot engineer Easton LaChappelle, Girls Who Code hacker Nikita Rau, and others. Set for a 2014 release, ‘Magic Makers’ will continue to search for extraordinary young minds to be a part of the series.

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