Students use crowdfunding sites Kickstarter and Indiegogo to fuel art initiatives

By Zoë DiGiorgio A new video game console. Wireless earbuds. A virtual reality helmet. Card games. The Veronica Mars movie. These are just a few of the many innovative products that might not have stood a chance of getting funded by conventional methods. However, thanks to the Internet, new windows have opened up for inventors, entrepreneurs and artists to fund their projects through people all around the world. Today marks the fifth anniversary of crowdfunding site Kickstarter. From student-created business startups to campus a cappella groups raising money to fund albums, the use of these sites has grown significantly in the past few years. Crowdfunding websites — including Kickstarter, Indiegogo and GoFundMe — have revolutionized how products are funded and developed and have allowed students at this university to expand their fundraising efforts.What do you think? Bryan Doyle, a junior computer science major and clarinetist in the university marching band, is one of the students in charge of the band’s campaign to raise money for a new van to transport marching band equipment throughout the campus. Doyle said crowdfunding has helped fundraising efforts. “We get to reach out to the alumni and people not even associated with the university,” Doyle said. “It really gives us a much better chance.” Read the full article here: http://www.diamondbackonline.com/diversions/article_564fb86a-ce6a-11e3-ad78-0017a43b2370.html

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