joaommp writes: "So, my team has started a project to convert an SUV into an hybrid diesel-electric vehicle — basically, an electric vehicle with a diesel engine working as a range extender. We've now setup a campaign on Indiegogo to help with the project costs (we are a non-profit team) and later we'd like to, if the project is successful, be able to provide conversion kits and additional kits for elements of the transformation, like the HUD, for example. Why an SUV conversion? Because a lot of people like SUVs (sense of safety, overcompensation, etc) but they're un-economic and environment unfriendly. I'd like to ask all slashdotters if they have any advice or tips for this project. We already have the project well defined but more input is greatly appreciated before we begin tearing apart the beast. So, if you could help providing additional advice and information, it would be awesome."
joaommp writes: "I'm tied to a non-profit NGO, which was only very recently made official and whose main objective is R&D of open projects. We're based outside the US. I'd like to ask other people here in slashdot, who, while in similar situations, might have had the need to search for funding and donations for their projects, how they did it, and how successful were those methods. I also know of a few crowdfunding platforms, like Kickstarter and IndieGogo, for example, but not being a US-based institution excludes us from Kickstarter and we haven't had much success with IndieGoGo and I'm hoping not to get limited to those kind of platforms. We've set up selling of our own teaching materials both on Amazon and Lulu, and even set up a simple online store on CafePress to sell some simple tokens of appreciation. I realize we still have a long way to go and so I was also curious to know how did they do to get attention towards their projects and institutions, and what recommendations and advices are there for such an endeavor."