Tonight was the kickoff event for the London chapter of Tim’s brainchild #179833492, the Awesome Foundation. The Awesome Foundation started last year when Tim and nine homies decided to get together each month and collectively donate $1000 to a project they thought was really cool. Since then, it’s spawned chapters in six (!) cities: Boston (the orig), New York, San Francisco, Ottawa, Providence, and now London. Each of the chapters operates in the same way: every month, they give a $1000 to fund a cool project, except in London, where they give £1000. Never mind that in London £1000 buys about two servings of fish and chips and a used teabag – you should see what some of these artists and inventors can do with a cod fillet!
The party celebrating the first grant by the London chapter was held upstairs at The Griffin pub near Old Street. It was a lot of fun, but it was kind of suspenseful. The five finalists for the £1000 grant had to give pitches to the ten AF London trustees, after which the trustees went downstairs to the bar to deliberate before coming back up and announcing the winner. Here are the finalists, along with brief, highly inadequate descriptions of their projects, in the order they presented: Continue reading