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Blubot Post #6: Funding

Updated: Jul 2

This is the sixth in the series of posts about my project, Blubot, a robot that takes care of your raised bed for you. With Blubot, I'm on a mission to make gardening easy, space efficient, and low cost, so anyone, anywhere can start a garden. Check out the first few posts and table of contents here. 


To accelerate the development of Blubot, and to not reinvent the wheel, I've decided to start with FarmBot as a base robot. I've sketched out the features I want in the Blubot and how I can modify the FarmBot to develop those features. To develop detailed specifications for this development, I would first need to get my hands on a FarmBot and deconstruct it. But, the FarmBot is about $1000, too expensive for me, a struggling student. I need to raise some funds to continue the project.


Source: https://farm.bot/collections/farmbot-kits

I have no fundraising experience, but I am determined to make this happen. So I took the first step to do some research, and as always, YouTube has come to my rescue!


I must have watched over 3 hours of videos from how to develop a fundraising strategy to how to raise money using crowdfunding platforms like Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and GoFundMe.


I decided that the most appropriate platform for me to fundraise is GoFundMe. GoFundMe has a specific focus on educational projects and initiatives, making it an ideal platform for a student science project. I also noticed many successful campaigns that were funded in this category, assuring me that there is a supportive environment of donors and lots of potential templates to follow. In addition to that, GoFundMe does not charge a platform fee, which means more of the funds I raise will go directly to the development of BlueBot. I would only need to consider the standard payment processing fee.


Now, it's time to build the GoFundMe campaign.


Stay tuned for more and, as always, keep growing!

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