We were saddened (but maybe not very surprised) to hear that the beloved #HitchBot, which had done trips across Europe and Canada, was destroyed during it’s stay in Philly. We at The Hacktory are trying to figure out what to do to help. We’ve reached out to the creators and the people who traveled with the HitchBot recently to get details on where the parts are. We know a lot of people out there don’t want this to be the end of the US tour for HitchBot.
We’ll say that at this moment, if we get the ok from the creators to repair or replace the needed parts for HitchBot, we’ll be happy to do so. If not, we understand… and we may just build ourselves a HitchBot2 to send along on it’s journey. We feel it’s the least we can do to let everyone, especially the Robot community, know that Philly isn’t so bad, it’s got some really great stuff going on, and great people. But seriously, we would recommend avoiding the scene in Old City on the weekend evenings… not a good one for bots or anyone who’s not looking for a drunken brawl.
So, if you want to help out, drop us an email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or come to our Project Night this Thursday from 7-9, and we’ll make something happen! If you are interested in donating to help with parts for either fixing the bot or making a new one,
we don’t anticipate it will cost very much, the HitchBot does need a tablet PC, for which we could use donations, so please use the button below to donate on our Paypal, or click on the button at the bottom of the page.
Update 4:15 pm August 4: We heard back from Nick Green, the creator of the HitchBot Philly kickstarter campaign earlier today. According to him, the Canadian creators of the project are still figuring out what to do, and will be in touch about next steps. In the meantime they’ve asked that all fundraising efforts be put on hold. Nick said he’d like to pause the kickstarter campaign, but wasn’t sure how to, and as of now it’s raised over $4,000. We will add that right now we’ve raised over $900 from a number of generous donors, and had many individuals offer to give us tablets, and some organizations like Urban Outfitters, Dell, and other local tech companies offer to provide materials. We are hoping to get more specs about the type of tablet we need before we make any plans with any one kind. Any funds that we’ve raised above what we need for parts, we will put towards scholarships to our after-school program this fall for kids in our neighborhood, West Philly, who attend public school here.