Bright ideas: Projects seek funds to fuel musical inpiration and reboot the way we use our PCs

CINCINNATI - The Cincinnati area is rich in creativity and bright ideas. Many artists, community activists and entrepreneurs are ready to run with projects and programs, and they’re turning to crowdfunding sites to fuel their ideas.

Each week, we’ll highlight two projects that are underway and asking for your support via Kickstarter and Indiegogo.

Project: MYCincinnati 2014

Started: December 3, 2013
Goal: $15,000
Project By: Laura Jekel

MYCincinnati (Music for Youth in Cincinnati) is a free youth orchestra program in Price Hill. Founded on the idea that personal transformation can be achieved through musical excellence, MYCincinnati offers children in Price Hill the opportunity to learn violin, viola, cello, or bass and play in an orchestra.

Students enrolled in MYCincinnati meet for 10 hours a week in our building on Warsaw Avenue, a central location in Price Hill. The program consists of group and private lessons, sectionals, orchestra, musicianship, and frequent performances.

  • What will the money go? The funds from this campaign will be used to support MYCincinnati's Teaching Artists, and to cover our building costs (including utilities).

Jekel said because MYCincinnati is an ongoing program, she thought adding the project to would be an easy way for friends, family, and community members to get involved in financially supporting the project through small donations. This is the second year that she has funded the project through Indiegogo.  Last year MYCincinnati successfully reached its goal of $10,000, a success that Jekel hopes to repeat for 2014.

Why should people support MYCincinnati 2014? 

Laura Jekel says: “MYCincinnati is an amazing asset to the community. If someone cares about providing access to high quality music education for students who might not otherwise receive it, I hope they will consider donating to our campaign.”

WATCH: MYCincinnati 2014 Indiegogo video

Days until this project closes: 35

Project: Phone-2-PC

Started: December 3, 2012
Goal: $1,500,000
Project By: Michael E. Kirshteyn, Ph.D

Michael Kirshteyn was fed up with spending money on unnecessary technology and the sore back he got from carrying his PC everywhere. He said at one point he was paying $60 a month for Internet at his home that he couldn’t use anywhere else and $50 a month for high speed Internet on his smart phone that he couldn’t use at home. Factor in additional charges like a tethering fee, and the Internet was draining his pockets. Phone-2-PC is his proposed solution.

The idea is to use the smart phone as the primary computing platform, and just link it in to your desk top for the convenience of using the larger display (the computer monitor), full size keyboard and the mouse. With no available apps currently available to allow this function, Kirshteyn decided to create one himself.

  • Where will the money go? Kirshteyn says funds represent the capital he needs to develop and launch the app.

Why should people support Phone-2-PC? 
Michael Kirshteyn says: “I am trying to bring the convenience and the future of computing to the people. This is the next step in the evolution of the computing industry.”

WATCH: Phone-2-PC video on Kickstarter

Days until this project closes: 21

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