New Uwingu Startup Launches Crowd Sourced Funding Campaign

BOULDER, Colo.,  Aug 07, 2012 (Uwingu PR) — Uwingu LLC, a space-themed, for-profit start up, is conducting a crowd-sourced funding campaign to launch an ongoing series of public engagement projects. Uwingu’s mission is to use proceeds from those projects to generate funding for space exploration, research, and education efforts around the world. Uwingu’s crowd funding agent for this campaign is IndieGoGo (www.indiegogo.com/), a leader in the field.

UwinguTM (which means “sky” in Swahili, and is pronounced “oo-wing-oo”) consists of astronomers, planetary scientists, former space program executives, and educators. Included in the company’s portfolio of space heavyweights are space historian and author Andrew Chaikin, space educator Dr. Emily CoBabe-Ammann, citizen science leader Dr. Pamela Gay, author and museum science director Dr. David Grinspoon, planet hunter Dr. Geoff Marcy, planetary scientist and aerospace executive Dr. Teresa Segura, planetary scientist and former NASA science boss Dr. Alan Stern, and planetary scientist and CEO of the Planetary Science Institute, Dr. Mark Sykes.
“Uwingu will employ novel software applications to game-ify space, with the profits going toward research and education,” says Gay. “Our projects will be fun to use, and the proceeds from their use will make a real difference in how space exploration, research, and education is funded.”

Adds CoBabe-Ammann, “Uwingu’s influence on space education is going to be both broad and deep, with opportunities to impact audiences around the world.  At a time when the world needs as many science and engineering savvy people as we can get, Uwingu has an important new role to play in supporting and promoting space education.”

“Our ambitions at Uwingu are high,” states co-founder Sykes, “we want to use commercial sales to generate a new funding stream for space research, space education, and even space exploration. Nothing like this has ever been done.”

Uwingu’s launch project is already built and is seeking the public’s support to raise funds for Internet and other business costs it will incur in early operations. “We’ve already put the equivalent of over $1M in software development into our first project through contributed hours by our team,” says co-founder Stern, “and we’ve each contributed personal funds as well, but to build up the nest egg of capital we need to launch our web site, we are asking people who believe in our mission to help finance that via our  campaign”

Uwingu’s campaign launched last week and has 6 more weeks to go.

Follow Uwingu on Twitter at UwinguSky; and friend Uwingu on Facebook.

Visit www.indiegogo.com/projects/180221 for details.

  • Duncan Sparks

    These uwingu folks haven’t been very specific about what their cool projects are. I did a quick Google search and found an American Trademark filing at http://www.trademarkia.com/uwingu-85122351.html that says that uwingu will be “providing a website featuring online technology that enables users to name both features on the surfaces of bodies in the solar system and solar system bodies themselves”. Is this what their project is? I thought there was already an organisation that named things on planets – the IAU. Are the uwingu people going to compete with an internationally-accepted and long-established standardised way of naming things?

  • Michael Turner

    Indieagogo – British. The video – talks about endangered *American* space funding. Odd.