Robohub is now a community with over 70 contributors and more than 30,000 unique visitors each month. In order for us to continue our mission of connecting the robotics community to the public we need your support. Your donation will go towards covering the latest in robotics research, paying the salaries of our dedicated staff, and maintaining the website. Read more about how we pay the bills.
How Robohub Pays Its Bills
As a non-profit, Robohub exists primarily thanks to the contributions of dozens of volunteers who work every day to bring you the latest breakthroughs in robotics research, technology, business, education and much more. We also have a small, mostly part-time team of paid staff (1 p/t editor, 1 p/t web technician, 1 p/t project manager, 1 f/t business developer), whose salaries are currently paid for by a grant from the Swiss National Science Foundation (no. 139912), and who are primarily responsible for:
- Networking with contributors to bring you great stories
- Organizing focus series on important topics in robotics
- Editing and formatting content for publication
- Designing and maintaining the website
- Maintaining our presence on social media (Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc.)
- Exploring new ways to connect the robotics community to the public
Where Our Money Goes
Percentage of Expenses by Category (as of November 30, 2013)
Why We Need Your Support
We are free, and we want to stay that way
We have been lucky to have the support of the Swiss National Science Foundation for the past year, but to be sustainable in the long run, we need your support. Robohub is growing: we are producing more news stories and interviews, and reaching out to a wider audience everyday. It takes time and energy to produce quality content, and we receive more news tips each day than we have the person-power to process into quality content. With your help we can produce more of the great stories you love.
We are more than a news site
Robohub is more than an online robotics news site; we are a community, and a forum for knowledge-sharing, discussion, and debate. We have the expertise in science communication to help roboticists share their stories in their own words by providing them with a social media platform and editorial guidance. This means that our readers get to learn about the latest research and business news, events and opinions, directly from the experts. Your support will help us expand our editorial and communication platform to put researchers directly in contact with more readers.
We believe in the free flow of information, as it helps us in our goal to demystify robotics for the general public and connect researchers directly to their readers. When Robohub stories go viral on Twitter, news aggregator sites like Slashdot, or in the mainstream news, this benefits the robotics community as a whole. But stories don’t go viral by themselves! Your support will help us broaden our network and have a stronger voice on the issues that matter most to the robotics community.
We are growing
Robohub is constantly looking for new ways to bring you the information you want to hear. In our most recent reader survey, you told us that you want to see more interviews and interactive discussion with experts, more tutorials, better international/regional coverage, an events calendar, and more content for start-ups.
Well, we’re listening! We have just launched a beta of our events calendar, and our future initiatives include:
- Google Hangout series with experts
- Expanding our tutorials
- An online business competition for robotics entrepreneurs
- A new science communication platform that makes it easy for researchers to publicize their papers and abstracts to a broad audience
- Outreach to roboticists in Asia, India, Eastern Europe, and South America
- A focus series on commercializing innovation
But we can’t do it without you! Your support will help us realize these exciting new initiatives, and explore new ways to cover and share the information that matters most to you.
We are incredibly grateful to our volunteer contributors, tech and editorial staff, our readers and everyone who has spread the word about Robohub. With your help we can deliver more content, find new ways to engage the robotics community and fulfill our mission of connecting the robotics community to the public. Keep Robohub going with your support!