Barcamp Portland 7: Video Games and a Mini Maker Expo

Last year, Pixel Arts and the Portland Indie Game Squad co-produced a video game showcase and crowdfunding jam at Barcamp Portland.  This year we’re expanding the scope and reach to embed games in a larger ecosystem of maker communities and project related to digital interactivity.  A call for participation can be found at the Barcamp Portland website.


Our goal is to provide a hands-on space to showcase creative work by our talented makers and communities throughout Portland. The mini-expo offers groups a chance to share their work, collaborations and passions with new people. What kinds of projects submissions are we inviting? Anything that promotes hands on engagement and interaction including but not limited to:

  • Video games
  • Digital or static immersion displays
  • Audio, light and visual interactivity technologies
  • DIY hardware hacks, micro-controllers, Arduino, Raspberry PI
  • Digital puppetry, robotics, micro-machines and rotorcraft
  • Motion and gesture sensory recognition technology
  • Origami, paper kits, and 3D printing or modeling
  • Hybrid arts that blend the spectrum of digital and non-digital media

How to Submit

Please apply online.Submission Deadline: Midnight PST, Wed March 13th, 2013.

Our thanks for helping create an amazing community collaboration.

Please RSVP

Barcamp Portland 7 takes place Friday March 29th, 6:30-9pm and Saturday March 30th, 9am-9pm at the Eliot Center,1226 SW Salmon St, Portland, OR 97205.

If you haven’t already don’t forget to RSVP to let us know you plan to attend.


Curation: Diversification of Crowdfunding Platforms

“There are about 340 crowdfunding platforms in the world, 85% founded in North America and Europe, with United States, UK, Netherlands and France having the largest number. 46% of all UK platforms were launched this year.”  Social Media Week, January 2012

The staggering growth of crowdfunding platforms poses a very traditional challenge.  How do you manage an information flow about the field of potential platforms and their projects?  Publications or virtual user groups like Social Media Week offer one vector through classification with the caveat “this is totally arbitrary and that a lot of variations and submodels exist.”  And that’s the least of our problems.

ProFounder’s closure in February 2012 reminds us that platforms, like individual projects, have a shelf life.  Keeping track of who is entering and exiting the field invites data overload.  Relying on Top Ten lists like Dowser‘s helps reduce that complexity.   Like polls, they are useful temperature checks about sustainability and reach; beyond that, end user are still looking for tools that meaningfully aggregate, categorize, mediate, and distribute choice.  What seems particularly lacking here is the connective tissue between platforms and the different motivations of user as funders.


Starting Points for 

Open Source Crowdfunding: Quora

Crowdfunding for Entrepreneurs: Collaborative Matrix for Comparison

Green Platforms: Good World Creations

Mixed Capital: Launcht enables universities, foundations, businesses, and conferences to create their own custom white labeled crowdfunding and voting platforms.

Wiki: Also take a look at this developing page for data on crowd funding platforms and links to lists.

News: Senate opens up crowd funding to corporations. Forbes