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  • Perks delivery: coming soon

    Dear Ulule’ backers,

    Hope this news find you all well. As some of you have noticed, we are a little overwhelmed by the amount of work these last months delaying “a bit our perks” delivery. In fact, that’s the best news: we are working hard not only on the challenges related to perks delivery but also for improving results in what was promised and what is to come!

    The first perk we want to cover is really special for us. The goal was to collect 3500€ among the 15000€ to help a special school in Barcelona which educate childrens with special needs: http://www.escolasagrera.cat. The objective of this funds is to offer something new in their curriculum through the installation of an Aquapioneers Ecosystem, its maintenance, and organization of children's activities for one year. We are very happy to have started this project on time, and actually before what was expected :)  facilitating the contact of La Sagrera students with nature and its magic through aquaponics. You all deserve a "cheers" for helping us to start this path. So, please, all together: CHEERS! Throughout this year we will meet and experience aquaponics both at their school and at our space near Barcelona in Can Valldaura,  to exchange the practice of aquaponic farming with the traditional school curriculum of a 12 students group.

    During our first meeting, we visited their reality, spending one day at their school, attending classes and observing the methodology teachers are using to inspire and guide the students.

    One month later, in October, we invited the group of students and their teachers to discover “our world” and spend an entire day with us at our experimental aquaponics greenhouse. To help them understand how aquaponics work, we organized three small workshops around the plants & fishes we grow and the microrganisms that help balance our ecosystems.

    To share how the magic of aquaponics is opening their eyes on how natural ecosystems work, we have decided to create a web serie about the evolution of our collaboration. For that we will regularly publish ( aproximately every month) a small video on our Youtube channel ! First video at the end of the month :) so stay tuned !

    As you have noticed, we have some "natural" delay regarding the delivery of this perk. At the end a project is not a project if there is no delay, right? But no worries, we are working hard to have everything ready for the last week of November and we will announce it on our social medias. So, if  you don’t follow us on Facebook, Twitter y Instagram this is the right time to do so :) We have to admit that we are much more active there than in this newsletter;)

    Regarding to the kits delivery for Barcelona’s backers, we have to confess that we also have some delay. However, we are working on it with full gas! The delay in this process is quite natural, because we have spent significant time looking for a local manufacturer based in Barcelona that share our values and that has the ability to print our kits for reasonable price considering our tiny production activity. But we found it!  Let’s introduce you NODO Arquitecture, a space in Poblenou dedicated to design, digital fabrication and architecture.

    After several meetings with NODO’s team adjusting the last design details, we have found the ideal measurements for the kits that can be made of wood and other surprising materials that future Barcelona's buyers will be able to choose. Our next visit to NODO will be to get the wooden structure of our crowdfunding supporters, assemble them and deliver them throughout December.

    For the others rewards, like seeds delivery and discovery workshops at our experimental greenhouse, ​​we will contact you by email next week :)

    Wishing you a wonderful day and thanks a million again for your understanding,

    The Aquapioneers team.

     

  • A huge thanks to our 248 backers. A big step for the Open Source Aquaponics revolution !

    Dear Ulule’ backers,


    First of all, we would like to warmly thank you for your support and involvement in making this crowdfunding campaign a double success. We are so glad to have multiply by two what was expected, gathering 30 121€ from 248 backers coming from all around the world. This is a tremendous help !

    This campaign is a powerful demonstration of our collective capacity to believe in new aspirations such as:

    • Open Sourcing technologies to change how things are made and transported,
    • Growing food using ecosystemic approach that have a minimum impact on our environment.

    From our small hill located in the Regional Park of Barcelona, we were not expecting such international reach. From Japan, to Russia, to even China, passing by the USA, France and of course our lovely Spain, the press gave us a “little help“ to spread our open source aquaponics dreams.

    Without waiting, we start to work on the delivery plan of the different perks we have promised you and will be back in a few weeks with a concrete plan. However to give you a glimpse of what will be done with this funding, we've have prepared this small infographic. 

     

    As the project matures we will send updates to keep you in the loop (count 1 news per month more or less).

    Wishing you a wonderful day and thanks a million again

    The Aquapioneers team.

     

  • D-4 : 2 min' of your time are enough to convince a friend

     

    Dear everyone,

    We are entering in the last 4 days of the campaign and despite its overall success there is a specific project within the Aquapioneers initiative that pains to take off STEAM EDUCATION PILOT IMPLEMENTATION IN A SCHOOL IN BCN

     

    Why this specific project is so important to us ?

    Growing food with a living ecosystem in a classroom changes students’ relationship with the classroom and creates for the student an ownership and responsibility as it educates.  We want to introduce this cross-cutting experience to Barcelonese schools and this crowdfunding campaign is our first opportunity to start a pilot project with the school of La Sagrera in BCN during the 2017-2018 academic year and demonstrate its potential.

     

    To make it happen we still need 57 sponsors and there are 4 days left. Our team is putting all its energy to find this support. But YOU can give us a tremendously help in this quest helping us spreading the word.

    We are 189 backers this afternoon to have supported financially the project. Taking 2 min of your time this week to reach someone you know that could be interested to support this cause, will offer us a collective support to ensure this project could be kickstarted with the right conditions.

     

    To make it easier for you, we already prepared:

    1. A Facebook or Linkedin post that you can share with your network,
    2. An email to present the project.

     

    There are no 2 min to waste :) 

    Thanks a million. The Aquapioneers team

     

  • D-7 : The campaign takes off ! Heading for 30K to open source a 25m2 solar powered aquaponics greenhouse

    Good morning everyone,

     

    That’s amazing ! We are so happy to announce you, that we have reached our minimum objective of 15k€. This gives us the means to contribute to the #OpenSource #Aquaponics revolution :)

    We still have 7 days to go and the campaign is entering in a new dynamic. The project is now shared beyond our network. Last week we get an article in Fast Company, TreeHugguer and a video on PlayGround (that get 100K view in 24 hours).

    We are more than ever mobilized to make the buzz around Aquapioneers. So please, continue to talk about it, during your coffee break, at home or with your neighbours. This project is all about dreams, passion and positive energy to make things differently and is only possible thanks to YOU, your determination, your time and your willingness to make it happen !

    The Kit was our first open source milestone, but since the last 8 months we have been working on another secret aquaponics project that:

    • Could feed 2 persons all year round (fish and plants)
    • Could be totally energy self-sufficient with solar PV 
    • Could be monitored and controled remotely to facilitate the maintenance work. 

     

    Tomorrow we will come back to empower you to help us reach this second milestone, so stay tuned :) 

    The Aquapioneers team

  • CROWDFUNDING LOVE STORY #1

    A crowdfunding campaign can generate a lot of different surprises and today we would like to share this one.

    Walter D. Michaels, based in Las Vegas is one of our "KIT DESIGN + STARTER KIT MANUAL" backer. He is part of the Board of Advisors for a local elementary school there and see in our project a great STEAM educational tool to introduce Aquaponics farming and Digital Fabrication

    We are so exited to see how this project could have an impact beyond Barcelona, without involving any type of transportation from our side neither our product.  

    Based on open source designs and digital & decentralised manufacturing technologies as Fab Labs, we can change the paradigm of the current industrial economy (where the city operates on a linear model of importing products and producing waste), to a circular model in which materials flow inside cities and information on how things are made circulates globally.

    We have an opportunity to rethink how goods and services are made and distributed on a global scale and we are so happy to see people like Mr Walter D. Michaels becoming a pioneer of this new industrial approach.