Monday, May 21, 2012

The Spread Of Awesome

The Awesome Foundation for the Arts and Sciences is a worldwide network of people devoted to forwarding the interest of awesomeness in the universe.

Started in 2009 in Boston, the foundation now spreads from Ann Arbor, Michigan to Zurich, Switzerland. 

Each office distributes a series of monthly $1,000 grants to "Awesome" projects and their creators.

 The April 2012 Awesome Foundation grant will be used to fund a dramatic extension to our current project by adding the publicly owned vacant lots in the other four boroughs to our site. This will give the communities in the rest of the city an idea of which vacant lots are owned by the city. It’s extra Awesome that this part of our project is funded now because without the map and data, we couldn’t make sense of vacant land in the other boroughs. The grant from Awesome will pay our hard-working programmer – who has been doing all work for 596 Acres for free for a year – to expand the online map’s capacity to handle data for the other boroughs. It will let our interactive map go ALL CITY. It’s hard to find funding for web development. It’s awesome that we have!

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