What is Awesome?
We have received an amazing number of applications from organizations and individuals with awesome missions. The ones that stood out for us focused on tangible projects that we couldn’t wait to see come to life. So what are we looking for? True awesomeness overcomes all else, but the following project qualities merit additional Awesome bonus points.
- Wowness – Does it make us say, “Holy coleslaw-on-a-sandwich, that’s awesome!”?
- Utility – Would the Awesome micro-grant make a real difference in getting the project off the ground in the near future?
- Niceness – Would the idea make people happy or help people?
- Bigness/Local Impact – Does it have the potential to reach many people in the Pittsburgh region?
- Environmental Impact – Needless waste is not awesome.
Awesome Pittsburgh Winners
- #3: Art Barge now called The Drift
- #4: Community Steps Cooperative
- #5: Dickson Elementary Outdoor Art Garden
- #6: Exquisite Machine
- #7: Pittsburgh Light Disco
- #8: The First Bytes Society
- #9: Smiles for Hilltop
- #10: The Caldwell Project
- #11: Zip Pitt
- #12: Urban Stitches
- #13: Healcrest Urban Farm
- #14: Juice Up 412
- #15: 60 Seconds of Pure Freedom
- #16: Knit the Bridge
- #17: ShareCloset
- #18: Creped Crusader
- #19: First Editions
- #20: Carrie Deer Salvage Art Workshop
- #21: GLAD Bags for Foster Children
- #22: Cupcakes and Culture
- #23: Tip Type
- #24: PittMesh
- #25: The Drop Project
- #26: Kiss for Peace
- #27: Orchard for Isaac
- #28: Urban RC in Homewood
- #29: Farm Truck Foods
- #30: Bandi Schaum Art in the Garden
- #31: Global Switchboard
Looking for other ideas? You can also check out some of the Awesome Foundation projects being funded outside the City of Champions at the international Awesome Foundation site! Some fun ideas include:
- Laser Tweezers for the BioBus (AF-NY)
- Sonic Kung Fu Battle in San Francisco
- We in Pittsburgh love our dinosaurs. Check out AF San Francisco‘s 100 Dinosaurs project.
- A Community Supported (tinkering) Education program at Parts and Crafts (AF Boston)
- The Compton Jr. Posse, a horse farm for inner city youth (AF LA)
- “Audio Warhol” (a Pittsburgh connection!), a project from Experience Counterpoint, a guerrilla chamber orchestra (AF-DC)
- Hip Hop Word Count: for fans (like @mikecaps) of both hip-hop and data visualization. (AF-NY)