For the past 3 years, the Toronto Awesome Foundation has been dedicated to supporting people and ideas that actively make our city a more awesome place to live, work and play together. Unfortunately, as you are well aware, our mayor Rob Ford is doing his very best to tell the world the very opposite. He is a direct threat to our city’s inherent Awesomeness, and he must go. As a result, the Toronto Awesome Foundation is looking to support creative, engaging, and subversively awesome ideas that help contribute to the movement to get this fantastic mess out of office. So if you have an idea aimed at this same goal and you need help making it happen, we might just have $1000 in a paper bag for you to get it rolling – no strings attached!
Our next pitch event will be on December 10th and our submission deadline will be December 1st. Simply fill out the online submission form detailing your idea, and we promise to consider it carefully.
We are looking forward to the arrival of your ideas as eagerly as Rob Ford’s departure.
The Toronto Awesome Foundation
Tomorrow, Saturday September 21st, at 4pm, we’ll be having our September Pitch Night event, at the Toronto Mini Maker Faire! Our shortlist is:
DIY Bio – meat speciation via PCR project
3D Printing with your body – a 3D scanning system using Kinect for your body
Maker Kids – interactive project gallery
Pendulum Print Bot – an airbrush robot!
Plus potentially a dark horse candidate!
Buy tickets for the faire and come see us give away $1000 to the most awesome idea!
Robots. Fire. Drones. Lasers. 3D printers. The Toronto Awesome Foundation will be teaming up with the Toronto Mini Maker Faire for our September 2013 Awesome pitch event and grant. If you call yourself a “Maker” we want to hear about, and hopefully fund your Awesome idea, hack or invention with a $1000, no strings attached grant. The Mini Maker Faire will be held at Wychwood Barns on September 21-22 and our pitch event will be going down at 4pm on Saturday the 21st. Even if you do not submit an idea (which is unlikely because you are awesome) we would love to see you at this ridiculously fun event. Please visit MakerFaireToronto.com for more info.
Please be sure to submit your awesome idea, and reference “Maker Faire” in the project description so we know to consider your idea in association with the Maker Faire grant. The deadline is Sept 15th, we’ll let you know if you’re selected for the shortlist shortly thereafter!
Want to attend the faire? Maker Faire has given us a discount code for 20% off tickets!
Lets “Make” some Awesome!
1) Congratulations! What’s your project all about?
My project is about creating a very unique teeter-totter which will be mainly constructed out of recycled, repurposed, and scavenged materials. My main interest in this project is for it to have the ability to crowd surf throughout Toronto communities, where the piece will stay for monthly increments at various host sites – free of charge. Additional focus will be put on carving various #tags and related social media indicators onto the piece. This attention to detail will help direct the viral flow of images and messages from those who visit and interact with the teeter totter. Ideally I am attempting to create a Nomadic Micro Monument.
2) Did you have wonderful experiences with teetertotters as a kid? What makes you keen on bringing this type of joy to Toronto?
I certainly did enjoy my time spent in playgrounds as a young child. But more so, I have always been interested in building interactive objects and forts to have fun with. The project embodies many ideas into the one object but with those considerations aside, I can confidently say that my desire to create the #teetertotter simply appeals to my pure-hearted intentions of spreading intrigue and joy throughout Toronto.
3) How can people get in contact with you if they want to help out?
I will be producing a website to host maps, links, contact forums, etc. to the #teetertotter project. For now, information will largely be designated to a specific (#teetertotter) section of my www.ArtHappens.ca page.
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We’re having another Awesome pitch night at the Gladstone, on Thursday at 6pm! See all the details and RSVP at eventbrite. We’ll have 5 ideas vying to win $1000:
- Bum Notes
- I Am Torontonian
- Toronto Is Awesome
- commUnity T.O.
Hope to see you all there!
Q & A with our winner, Tara Muldoon of F-You, the Forgiveness Project:
1) Congratulations! What’s your project all about?
Thank-you so much for all you and Toronto Awesome do! F-You: The Forgiveness Project is a community-based organization that asks what forgiveness looks like in a variety of scenarios and experiences. We run panels, workshops and groups on the idea of forgiveness. Sometimes we work around a specific issue such as gang violence, relationships, addiction, topics around sex, etc.
We are just over two years old and run by a team of youth/young adults from a variety of backgrounds.
2) Forgiving someone isn’t an easy thing to do; it can be very emotional. Do people sometimes cry at your events?
Our events can provoke a variety of emotions including tears, anger and everything else under the sun. It’s all welcome and understood.
3) I’d like to talk about forgiveness, or I’d like to volunteer. How can I get in touch with you, and when is your next event?
We would love to hear from you! TMuldoon at fyouproject.com is my email address and our twitter is @projectfword.
We have monthly – sometimes weekly – events across the city and the next one is April 9th at the Jane+Finch mall.