Friday, July 3, 2009

How Awesome Is This? There's a New Foundation in Town

There's a new foundation in town: The Awesome Foundation is doling out month-long $1000 grants, plus office space at betahouse in Cambridge, to "people doing awesome things in the world."

Founder Tim Hwang, a researcher at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society at Harvard and founder of the excellent ROFLcon series of events exploring Internet memes, describes the new foundation as "a fast-paced micro-MacArthur Foundation for your flashes of fast-paced micro-genius."

Hwang started hunting for micro-trustees in early June, and within a few weeks had assembled a group of 11 people willing to pony up $100 per month to support the idea. (More trustees are still joining...)

They announced the foundation, and started looking for grantees, yesterday. I'm curious what kind of projects will make the cut...

There is of course a Facebook group and Twitter feed.

Really nifty news to start the Fourth of July weekend with...

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Blogger Sean Fitzroy said...

Very cool!

July 3, 2009 11:21 AM  
Blogger Bernz said...


No! Really! It is. I mean if I have a cool idea once a week or so, I can make a good living just coming up with ideas and Proofs-of-Concepts.

Even better, if you're an out-of-work Boston techie, you can do your hacking in a group space with other like-minded people and make a few bucks. Surely a fun company will emerge, if a bit disorganized.

July 3, 2009 12:49 PM  

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