Kickstarter: Giving back to the things we care about

We are not here just to create stuff. From time to time we like to give back to the community, to people and to the world around us.

To date we have supported many non-profit organisations and events including giving food donations to three different animal shelters in Croatia, supporting student developer challenges at local universities, Ignite and TEDx events, DIY music festivals and some other things along the way.

We even organised a local World IA Day, almost completely on our dime. Today, people should care about each other more than ever. If you are in a position to help others by making a small donations and they can use it to create and make something awesome from nothing – do it.

If you don’t have a huge budget, instead of investing a lot of money into enormous already-sponsored charity campaigns, you can spend far less money and support few great ideas in your industry. That’s exactly what we decided to do here.

We asked our team members to provide us with interesting projects on Kickstarter that they would like to support. Over the last few months we have backed a total of 11 projects. Ten of them have been successfully funded and we are very happy to be part of that!

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UX Passion – Kickstarter profile

Here’s the complete list of the projects we backed:

  1. Passion Planner: Start focusing on what really matters
    An all-in-one weekly appointment calendar, journal, goal setting guide, and to-do list log integrated in one handmade planner.
  2. Iconic: Advanced icons for the modern web
    An icon set truly designed for the modern web, pushing iconography forward with new technologies, techniques and thinking.
  3. Orbitkey: The elegant and practical way to carry your keys
    This tool revolutionises key carrying. It’s super stylish, quiet, organised, scratch free and infinitely customisable!
  4. Book: I wonder what it’s like to be dyslexic
    A beautiful, design led experience of what it feels like to struggle with reading.
  5. Kano: A computer anyone can make
    A computer and coding kit for all ages, all over the world. Simple as Lego, powered by Pi. Make games, learncode, create the future.
  6. Foldio: The first foldable studio for smartphones
    It allows anybody with a smartphone to easily take high quality pictures. The new level of possibilities inSmartphone photography!
  7. Ototo: Make music from anything
    All-in-one musical invention kit which allows you to make an instrument any way you want.
  8. Notebook: Sketch workshop
    A complete sketching solution for beginners, hobbyists and artists looking to brush up on drawing skills, with tuition by pro artists.
  9. Dream Heist: The game of your dreams
    Enter the dream world and attempt to plant your idea in this classically played, yet modern themed board game.
  10. Powerup 3.0: A smartphone-controlled paper aeroplane
    PowerUp turns your self-made paper airplane into a smartphone-controlled flying machine.
  11. Tooga Gear: Modular camera gear for DSLR, gopro, smartphone etc.
    The first truly modular camera gear that allows you to capture stunning footage in a small form factor without compromise.

We don’t have the budget to support and solve the huge issues in the world we live in, but with just a few bucks we were able to be part of some really interesting innovations and well designed products.

We’ll keep backing our favourite projects from time to time, so feel free to follow us on Kickstarter.

Also, we’ll continue searching for opportunities to support and encourage others to create. While we create nice stuff ourselves here, it’s our mission to inspire others to create meaningful stuff as well.

How do you give back to your community and the people around you?

Do you think you can do it better? If you don’t give back at the moment, what’s stopping you?

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