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Stream Scholarship 2017

Stream Scholarship 2017

Donate to ChildWatch Phuket

Hello WPP Streamers. So I've quickly hacked a little payment gateway solution (using an existing Stripe account I have) so that we can all use credit cards to gather the resources needed for our proposed 1800USD Stream Scholarship 2017 donation for the folks at Child Watch Phuket. Use the green donation button above to complete your donation.

After we reach our proposed target, I will contact them first, and then transmit the funds via an ACH bank transfer from Singapore (to the same bank account featured on their website right now). I will proceed to request confirmation of receipt, so I can post it in this thread too. I will go ahead and request that the funds are used in their education program, and will also share screenshots of those conversations here too.

If you would prefer to donate to them directly, you can find the information to do that at: 

Thank you so much for your interest in this idea!

First update (March 19th): We've already received around 1650USD via the transfer link, and we are now tallying the petty cash donations received.

2016 Scholarship drive at Child Watch Phuket

2016 Scholarship drive at Child Watch Phuket

Second update (March 20th): all credit card transfers/donations coming in so far are scheduled to be available for final transferring by March 31st, according to the payment gateway infrastructure provider (Stripe).

Third update (March 20th): WE'VE MADE IT, FOLKS! Our initial goal has been achieved this morning, through a lovely contribution from Christine. Keep them coming until March 31st, though!

Fourth update (March 22nd): We're now past the 2500USD mark, with a total of 15 successful online donations, 115USD from the Club Med donation box, plus the direct handout from Rob/Yossi.

Fifth update (April 3rd): Money has arrived, now establishing comms with the NGO for final transfer.

Meet my friend Mahabub

Meet my friend Mahabub

This is Mahabub (Dubai, May 10th, 2014)

This is Mahabub (Dubai, May 10th, 2014)

A hard working young man from Chittagong

Meet Mahabub. Mahabub is a young man from Chittagong in Bangladesh. He's also the guy who I've been spending most of my time here in Dubai, while I work on a UX project for a local client. He's the only person I see and talk to everyday. When he comes to clean the hotel room I'm staying, he's always saying sorry when he has to ask me to lift up my laptop. He's shy, but speaks a fairly good English.

Like many other workers in Dubai, Mahabub lives in a labour camp in Al Quoz. Al Quoz is an industrial neighborhood of Dubai, where workers share space with large warehouses, cement factories, and logistics hubs. He says he has good roommates, and that his place is not too crowded, even though things could be better.

Mahabub has a younger sister and a younger brother. They are back in Chittagong, and he hasn't seen them for more than two years. He's planning to go back for good next year when his visa in Dubai expires. He says he had enough of here.

Mahabub works six days a week, every week, from 8am to 6pm. He has his off days on Sundays. He tells me that there isn't a specific busier day of the week, however sometimes things get busy during events, or when certain guests come in and trash the rooms (he did mention a nationality, which I vowed not to share with anyone).

I have a deep respect for hard-working people, and Mahabub is a perfect example of someone putting in his best effort in expectation of a brighter future. I couldn't help asking what his salary was, and he was kind enough to tell me: 1000AED, or around 200 euros per month. That's less than 7 euros a day.

So I decided to call all of you to join me on a little project: I have around 10 days left here in Dubai (I leave on May 21st), and I want to raise enough money to surprise Mahabub with a return trip to see his family in Bangladesh. That costs around 1400AED on flydubai, or close to 380 USD. So I've prepared a PayPal donation button to receive donations for him. If you donate, I will match the value of every single donation that comes in, up until we reach the value of the flight ticket. If we go beyond this target, I will hand him the ticket voucher plus the leftover cash.

So I'm asking you to click on the Donate button below and make your donation of any value.

If you need to contact me about this, just send an email to or on Twitter at @andregoiano and I will reply to you straight back. I thank you in advance for your commitment. One does what is in his or her power to do.

May 10th, 2014 — All donations will be refunded if we don't reach the final goal.
May 10th, 2014 — 10 days to go.
May 10th, 2014 — We have 7 confirmed donors, and 44.5% completion already!
May 11th, 2014 — 9 days to do, 8 donors, 68% completion.
May 12th, 2014 — In less than a couple of days, we have reached our ticket goal already. We gathered 405USD so far. Will be posting a follow-up soon about when and how I will hand it out to him. Thank you all.

Long live MediaLab Prado Madrid

Long live MediaLab Prado Madrid

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Keep the hacker space alive and thriving

Following a call from José Luis Vicente in his Technopolis blog, we at Mecenato – frequent visitors of the space when we're in town – would like to dedicate our support for their cause by helping to spread the word. MediaLab Prado, an open and free hacker space, is risking displacement due to corporate interests in the building that they occupy in Central Madrid. The site has been recently expanded through public fund investment. However, the new facility, which enjoys a great location in town, has attracted the interest of corporate players. The cause is clear: we all want MediaLab Prado to fully enjoy its newly reformed site, for many years to come.

If you don't know the place, check it out. If you do know it, help by spreading the word too.