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The GalaxyGoo Flash-a-thon

The GalaxyGoo Flash-a-thon is coming! Starting Dec 10th!

We've got a bunch of really talented folks contributing their projects, with source code!

+ Branden Hall
+ Edwin Heijmen
+ Kristin Henry
+ Mike Johnson
+ Seb Lee-Delisle
+ Stacey Mulcahy
+ Keith Peters
+ Ben Stucki
+ and some great surprise guests!

This online event supports the educational projects at GalaxyGoo. Continue reading for more information...

Flash-a-thon FAQ

What’s this all about?

It’s an online benefit event, for GalaxyGoo. Beginning Dec 9th, we’ll post Flash projects every day. Source code, included!

Why are you doing this?

Our two main goals:
1) Inspire our fellow flash developers to do more experimentation, and
2) Raise funds for The Cell Project, a GalaxyGoo science education project.

What kind of projects are you posting?

Projects range from practical to experimental. They tend to have science and math themes, but many are purely computational play.

Can I use the source code in my own projects?

Absolutely! These projects are being released as free and open-source. The only requirement is that you must include the original source notes and reference the author when you release your own versions. We encourage you to play with the code, and post your own variations!

What happened to the blogathon?

We participated in the blogathon twice, and both times it felt a bit rushed. We wanted to take a little more time with our posts. We wanted to encourage the community to download and play with our source files. This year, it’s time to do our own thing…The GalaxyGoo Flash-a-thon!

How do I make a contribution?

You can sponsor GalaxyGoo directly, or through the Facebook “Causes” application.

Where does the money go?

You’ll be funding GalaxyGoo’s Cell Project. We plan to take the Cell Project to the Maker Faire, in May 2008. Your donation will help pay for the clay and equipment the kids will use to build their cell models. This brings us one step closer to bringing it into classrooms!


When we brought this activity to the AAAS Family Science Days (Feb 2007, San Francisco), hundreds of kids visited out booth. We went through an awful lot of clay.

- photo courtesy of Michael J. Colella

GalaxyGoo is a non-profit organization?

That's right. GalaxyGoo is a 501(c)(3) tax-exempt, non-profit organization. GalaxyGoo is a registered charity in the state of California, and is not soliciting contributions outside of California.

Why do you say "GalaxyGoo is a registered charity in the state of California, and is not soliciting contributions outside of California"?

The laws and regulations that non-profit organizations have to follow can vary greatly from state to state, and many require that the non-profit be registered in that state to conduct various types of fundraising there. The internet complicates this a bit, because our website can be viewed anywhere with an internet connection. So, we've followed the advice of making a statement to the effect that if you live outside of California, we are not asking you for a donation.

I don't live in California, can I still sponsor GalaxyGoo?

Yes! Thank you for asking.

How do I sponsor GalaxyGoo?

You can sponsor GalaxyGoo directly, or through the Facebook “Causes” application.

What's a Flash-a-thon?

It's like a walkathon, except that flash developers from around the world are posting their open source Flash source files on the GalaxyGoo blog. Donations support GalaxyGoo’s educational project, The Cell Project.

When does it start?

10am (pacific), Monday Dec 10, 2007.

When does it end?

Dec 15th, or when we run out of files to post.

I'm a Flash developer. Can I contribute a project?

Of course! Please contact Kristin through our online form.