Here is some motivation for you: Wyolum is offering two "$1,000 Innovation Grant" to the most qualified open source project applications submitted from now until Dec 3, 2011.
From the "news release":
WyoLum, LLC’s mission is to “Promote Open Source Hardware”.
To that end, we are pleased to announce two $1000 (USD) grants to be awarded to the most qualified applicants.
Entries will be evaluated on:
● Technical feasibility
● Commercial viability
● Planned use of funds
● Timeline (Projects with goals that can be achieved within six months after the grant is awarded will score more favorably.)
Qualifying projects will be 100% open source (hardware and software) from development through to production. WyoLum team members will be available for advice and assistance throughout your project. If you have a killer idea, but have never fabricated a PCB, programmed a micro-controller or designed an enclosure, don’t let that stop you from submitting your idea. If we can’t immediately assist you, we will learn it together.
Submit completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org by December 3, 2011. Applications will be excepted in a combination of video (encouraged), html, .odt, .doc, .docx, blogpost. We will make all reasonable efforts to receive and evaluate your application.
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