Help us create London's first mobile maker education space. Make a difference - #getonthebus
Ryan Hunt
London, Ontario
4 Team Members

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What is the DHMakerBus?

Like all complicated plans, the DHMakerBus started as a simple idea: grad students looking to save some money by driving to the DH2013 conference in Lincoln, Nebraska.

At its core the DHMakerBus continues to be a simple idea, albeit one that has diverged slightly from its origins. In Stage One, the bus will act as transportation for 12-14 people to get from London, Ontario to Lincoln. Stage Two will see us returning to London and revamping the bus to act as a mobile maker space. The DHMakerBus will provide an accessible space for all Londoners to learn, share, make, and discover. By contributing to this campaign, you are helping to make this idea a reality.

What's our plan?

Let’s talk about what we have planned for DHMakerBus. The first stage of our plan will involve raising funds for the bus, that’s where you come in. Once we’ve raised the funds, we will take the bus from London to Lincoln, Nebraska on a trip to DH2013. Along the way we are going to pick up a number of hackers, makers, and digital humanities scholars, turning the bus into equal parts roadtrip and hacking jam. During the 30 hour round trip, we are going to compete to finish various projects (both digital and physical), live-streaming the entire process. While we are at the DH2013 conference we will host regular podcasts and live-shows with some of the world’s foremost digital humanities scholars.

Once we return to London, the fun really starts. Through our partnership with UnLondon we seek to bring positive change to the London community. Part of UnLondon’s core is purpose is to “make change in and around the city of London from outside the normal confines of change making, using unconventional methods.” We feel it’s safe to say that a bus filled with technology and staffed by passionate volunteers that travels to schools, libraries, and backyards engaging Londoners in hacking and making is a fairly “unconventional method.”

Where is my money going?Book Bus for the Digital Age

The largest single expense at the start of this project will be buying a used bus. Approximately one-third of the money raised through this campaign will go toward this purchase. The rest of the money will go toward insuring the bus, paying a driver or two, and outfitting the space with some of the necessary equipment needed for a mobile maker space.

Our trip to DH2013 will be partially financed by the people attending the conference. The trip will represent our soft launch, raising awareness of the DHMakerBus and showing what it can be used to accomplish. We will be inviting the DH community in Nebraska to come aboard and share the creative process with us, providing ideas and inspiration for our project upon return.

Once we get back from DH2013, we will continue raising money in the London community to help complete the mobile maker/hacker lab. Our goal is to have the mobile lab up and running by January 2014.

What your support means

Kids Exploring Technology

Why should you support DHMakerBus? We believe in making London the best possible place to live, work, and raise a family. By supporting DHMakerBus you are supporting access to free technology and education, giving people the ability to learn, share, and build. When we talk about helping all Londoners access technology and education, we mean it. We will drive the DHMakerBus into your backyard if it will help you.

Both the making community and digital humanists believe in improving access to technology and education to all. The goal of the DHMakerBus is to bring access to Londoners, wherever they may be. Through your contributions, no matter how big or small, you are helping this simple idea become a real part of our community.

Make a difference- #getonthebus

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  • $1CAD
    Signed up

    Be a part of the community experience by having your name permanently inscribed on our donor wall. (If you are in London, you can come sign it yourself!)

    0 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $5CAD
    Tuned in

    Any funder of $5 or greater will be immortalized in song by the DHMakerBus team. Composed, performed, and presented using handmade, upcycled instruments.

    1 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $10CAD

    For just a small amount of money you can become a part of the fun by having us add your name or Avatar (if you have one) to our awesome website: http://dhmakerbus.com/

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $25CAD
    Stuck on you

    This donation can get you a smashing sticker with our logo to help youshow your support of the project, plus a Mention on the site!

    7 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $50CAD
    Pinned Down

    You'll see these pins at various conferences between now and July, and with this donation you can have one of your very own! Sticker and Mention included.

    3 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $75CAD
    Postcards from the Road

    Is adventure your thing? We'll send you a postcard with a secret code from the trip to Nebraska.

    1 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $100CAD
    Stuck on us (or on the Bus)

    This donation will get you or your project/organization/self some publicity by having us put your bumper sticker on the DHMakerBus for the Nebraska road trip! Create a file here: http://www.zazzle.ca/custom/bumperstickers, send us the link, and we'll have it printed!

    4 claimed
    Estimated delivery: June 2013
  • $200CAD
    Along for the ride

    This donation level is for those of you that have been in contact with us, and are coming along for the ride to DHNebraska.

    2 out of 16 claimed
    Estimated delivery: July 2013
  • $250CAD
    Scanned and Printed

    For this larger donation, we'll scan the DHMakerBus for you, send you not only the scanned images, but a 3D printed replica of your own!

    0 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $500CAD

    Get your own private screening of our DHMakerBus mini-documentary at a location of your choice.

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    Estimated delivery: September 2013
  • $1,000CAD
    Be the first stop

    For this major donation, we will gladly visit a London school/company/event to show off our newly renovated mobile Maker space. Be the location where it all truly begins...

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    Estimated delivery: December 2013
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