7 Mar 2010

Latex, Pop and Dinosaurs

Posted by khk

Have you heard? Pepsi is giving away $1,300,000 a month for great ideas “that can make a positive impact in the community”.

The money is awarded in different categories:

  • 2 Grants at the $250,000 level
  • 10 Grants at the $50,000 level
  • 10 Grants at the $25,000 level
  • 10 Grants at the $5,000 level

This is all based on votes from the public. Everybody has 10 votes a day to select worthy projects.

Rochester’s Larry Moss is competing in the $50,000 category for the ElasticPark project: The goal is to build a collection of dinosaurs out of balloons. Go to ElasticPark.com to find out more about the details – and then vote for the project!

Voting is a bit tricky: When you first go to the site, you are not logged in. The “Vote” button will only bring up the login dialog (from where you can also create a new account). Once you are logged in, your vote has not been cast yet, and you have to click on the “Vote” button again to make your vote count for the day. Vote once a day, and keep on voting until the ElasticPark project actually wins – that may be this month, next month or any time after that. As long as the project finishes within the first 100 projects, it will be automatically rolled forward to the next month.

Oh, and don’t vote for any other $50,000 project – they are all competing with ElasticPark for the same 10 top spots, but you can of course vote 9 more times every day for projects in any of the other categories.

One more thing: When you sign up for an account, make sure that you remember your password. I forgot mine, and had to use the “Reset my password” feature – it seems to reset the password for all of Pepsi, but I was not able to log into the RefreshEverything site again – I had to sign up for a second account with a different email address.

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