Earlier this month, hugely popular crowd funding service Kickstarter announced that the service's UK launch was scheduled for October 31. For the last few weeks, UK users have been planning and building their projects in preparation for an October 31 launch. With Halloween now behind us, Kickstarter has officially thrown open the doors for UK projects.
"Since our announcement three weeks ago that people in the UK could begin building projects, more than 1,500 people have started making one," the company wrote today. "Already several dozen UK projects have launched today," Kickstarter added, saying they've had an exciting response to the launch.
The first UK Kickstarter project to launch in the UK was Picade, which is a desk top arcade cabinet for Raspberry Pi. Designed and manufactured in Sheffield, UK, Picade comes in two versions, the Picade and Picade Mini. The Mini is 800 pixels wide while the full-size Picade is 1024 pixels wide. So far the Picade team has raised over £16,000 of a £32,768 goal.
Kickstarter doesn't have a UK-specific site. Instead, UK projects are listed alongside U.S. projects on the regular Kickstarter website. Backers can check out UK projects through the location sections of the Kickstarter homepage (the first row of projects under Staff Picks) and the Discover page (the Cities area in the sidebar). Folks from outside the UK can also contribute to UK projects.