How is your initiative financed?
We have received funds from a number of different sources. Sponsors include the Childsplay Charity, Gamestop, LegalZoom, Apogee Physicians and Johns Hopkins Children's Center.
Provide information on your finances and organization: annual budget, annual revenue, number of staff:
Funding thus far:
2005: $4500 (ChildsPlay)
2006: $24,000 (ChildsPlay + GameStop + Legal Zoom)
2007: $10,000 (Apogee Physcians)
Number of full-time staff: 0
Part-time: 1 (Mary W.)
Volunteers: 4 (Robert S., Joe G, Patrice B., Harold L., Sue F., and Arun M.)
What is the potential demand for your innovation?
Accurate numbers are difficult to estimate. By rough calculations, with the rate of growth that gaming culture is experiencing in this country, the demand will most assuredly outstrip our ability to install network equipped gaming consoles (or HOPE sites) to the nation's children's hospitals. Furthermore, with gaming's explosive growth witnessed internationally, it is very possible that HOPE, if steered correctly, could become an international phenomenon.
What are the main barriers to financial sustainability?
Maintenance of the equipment, and updating of legacy software will be costly in the early life of the network. Substantial fiscal sponsorship agreements will be needed to support the network. We predict, however, that as bandwidth capability increases, games, content and even research survey tools will all be delivered via the network, obviating the need for costly re-installs.