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Smalltalk Programming Competition

$3,220 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 3 months
I've been a staunch advocate of the Smalltalk programming language  over the past four years. I believe it is one of the best-kept secrets in the IT industry. I would like to raise the language's public profile by conducting a Smalltalk programming competition in Canada.

The money I'm asking for will be used to fund the First, Second, and Third Prizes. These prizes will be college/university scholarships. A portion of the money will cover minor expenses involved in running the competition, such as advertising and mailing. There will be no personal profit.

The contest will be a team competition. Each team will consist of four high school students.  First Prize will be $6,000 (each team member will be awarded $1,500).

Second Prize will be $4,000 (each team member will be awarded $1,000). Third Prize will be $3,000 (each team member will be awarded $750).

About $3,000 are allocated for T-shirts to be distributed to the first 75 teams in the competition.

About $3,000 are needed for advertising and promotion. And $1,000 for miscellaneous expenses (including a deduction for GoFundMe).

The goal is to conduct the competition in early 2019.

Let's make this happen. Smalltalk programming is fabulous for improving productivity in the IT industry. It's fabulous for teaching young people how to program. And it's fabulous for hobbyists and recreational programming.
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I also put out a general call on social media: https://medium.com/@richardeng/we-need-your-help-c23fd8577b0e

You may use this to spread the word, as well.
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It's been one full month since the GoFundMe campaign began. We've raised C$3,080 from 25 generous contributors. It's a good start, but we're still a long way off. In order to make the goal more attainable, I've lowered the funding goal again, this time, to C$20,000. And for the last time. You see, C$20,000 is necessary for the MVC (not Model-View-Controller, but Minimum Viable Competition). Anything less and we don't have an impactful marketing event.

Please spread the word on social media. Please make use of your email contacts. Let's reach as many people as we can. I will bet dollars to doughnuts that not every Smalltalk fan in the world is aware of this campaign and programming competition. It only takes about 800 people giving a paltry $20 each to make this happen. How hard can it be?
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I've completed the competition website: http://smalltalkrenaissance.pythonanywhere.com/JRMPC/default/index

You are free to play with it as you wish. It is rigged as a demo. Once the competition is a go, the database will be scrubbed clean and the proper sponsors will be displayed.

I've also created a T-shirt design for the competition. See them here: https://medium.com/@richardeng/t-shirt-designs-1ac087f62780

Everything is lining up, ready to go.
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Here's a proof-of-concept promo video for the competition. With full funding, I shall produce a HD version without the Powtoon branding. Promotion is vital to the success of the competition.
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$3,220 of $20,000 goal

Raised by 29 people in 3 months
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AG
$15
Andrew Glynn
3 days ago
DL
$25
Daniel Lee
20 days ago
MD
$50
Michael Davis
22 days ago
$50
David Bajger
2 months ago
$180
Anonymous
2 months ago
$25
Anonymous
2 months ago
CH
$300
Christian Haider
2 months ago
YM
$50
Yaroslav Markin
2 months ago
MF
$25
Markus Fritsche
2 months ago
VR
$50
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2 months ago
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