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D·light

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6000 species build up the rich and vibrant marine biodiversity of Hong Kong’s waters. However, from overfishing and plastic pollution, this number goes down each year. Using the pink dolphins as an example, its population decreased 75% in the past ten years.

Under this devastating covid situation in hong kong, raising funds for marine NGOs are getting more difficult each year. I still remember that coral reef NGO I used to donate to each month- how will they move on, with ever so few people and minimal interactions? How can we help to sustain these actions protecting our waters?

Introducing D·Light. with the aim to encourage Donation to Marine NGOs through a small contactless payment made with a lamp, in the form of plush marine animals. Tap and pay with NFC. alternations to the lamp’s mechanism may also be exchanged with a QR code for payment.

The fabrication of the D·light creates a closed loop. The loop begins with the collection of plastic in HK’s oceans, then recycled into a specific 3d printing material that makes up the majority of the lamp.

Two test models have been completed. All prototypes are equipped with a fully functional NFC sticker, to imitate the actions of the users.

To test the d•light in the real world, I’ve done interviews with the hardware and CSR team of square nfc as well as a Local hk Marine NGO. Through the interviews, the NFC company assured the hardware possibility of D•light, while the NGO gave me specific information about their donor status, and the decline of donors since the pandemic. With this information, I decided to establish two routes for our users:

The basic 99 cents per swipe plan, and the 2 99 plan. Either plans outnumber any of the conventional forms of fund-collection, with consideration to the increased cost, as the level of convenience limited the scale of conventional fundraising.

Donations collected will fund research and conservation programs by the NGOs. I hope that the D·light becomes a spark to ignite the focus towards HK’s water conservation.

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A full scale prototype has been designed and tested. Manufacturing and materials for the protoype have been well researched and tested however the connection with how the product actually functions and how it will encourage users to donate is lacking.

Ways to boradcast donation of individual light material recyclable? Interesting idea. If the lamp is installed in public space, it might create a much bigger impact.

Art for money. Not attractive for now. Could be modify to become more interactive.

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