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Mar 30, 2012
BarCamp 6: Indie Video Game Showcase and Crowd Funding Jam
Eliot Center (First Unitarian Church)

Join us on March 30th to learn how to develop your own crowd funding project and explore the creativity of Portland's indie game developers.

In February, video game company Double Fine Adventure asked fans to support their new game by contributing $400,000. After only twelve hours, pledges exceeded $1 million. After less than 30 days, their game became the most funded project in Kickstarter history with over 87 thousand backers contributing more than $3.3 million. In total, they had reached 834% of their funding goal (

Double Fine Adventure's success has generated massive excitement among indie developers & gamers everywhere. Instead of needing loans or credit, creators are finding new opportunities through our vibrant global community. At BarCamp Portland 6, we will showcase indie video games and explore crowd funding models. The goal of our event is to help local developers and entrepreneurs prototype their projects and discover best practices for crowd funding.

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BarCamp PDX is free of charge, as is the Indie Video Gaming session. The organizers do ask that you RSVP, though:

May 5, 2014
Secret Knowledge of Crowd Funding

It’s an exciting time for artists, musicians, and creative business people. Crowd funding has become an increasingly commonplace way to get financing for creative projects and business ideas.

The concept is simple: Explain what you’re planning to accomplish in a compelling way and offer small incentives to reward people who support your plan. Get a lot of people to give small amounts, enough to fund your project.

This workshop will cover time-tested nonprofit fundraising principals and show you how to apply these principles to your individual crowd funding campaign. You’ll leave with a easy-to-follow framework for planning and implementing a successful crowd funding campaign.

We’ll look at critical elements such as:

  • Setting an appropriate fundraising goal

  • Identifying the potential backers you already know

  • Giving levels and backer rewards

  • Promoting your campaign

  • Writing an effective appeal

We’ll also take a look at some case studies of successful crowd funding campaigns and discuss what made them successful.

UPDATE: This is now a FREE FREE FREE event. (suggested donation $5 - $15)

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