UwinguTM (which means “sky” in Swahili, and is pronounced “oo-wing-oo")
“Uwingu will employ novel software applications to game-ify space, with the profits going toward research and education,” says Gay. “Our projects will be fun to use, and the proceeds from their use will make a real difference in how space exploration, research, and education is funded.”
Adds CoBabe-Ammann, “Uwingu’s influence on space education is going to be both broad and deep, with opportunities to impact audiences around the world. At a time when the world needs as many science and engineering savvy people as we can get, Uwingu has an important new role to play in supporting and promoting space education.”
“Our ambitions at Uwingu are high,” states co-founder Sykes, “we want to use commercial sales to generate a new funding stream for space research, space education, and even space exploration. Nothing like this has ever been done.”
Uwingu’s launch project is already built and is seeking the public’s support to raise funds for Internet and other business costs it will incur in early operations. “We’ve already put the equivalent of over $1M in software development into our first project through contributed hours by our team,” says co-founder Stern, “and we’ve each contributed personal funds as well, but to build up the nest egg of capital we need to launch our web site, we are asking people who believe in our mission to help finance that via our campaign”
Uwingu's campaign launched last week and has 6 more weeks to go.
For more information, contact Dr. Alan Stern at firstname.lastname@example.org, Dr. Emily CoBabe at email@example.com, or Dr. Pamela Gay at starstryder@