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EU2016 arts & design programme

A digital Wasted Wallet to stimulate plastic recyling

Creating an application instead of plastic
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With the kick-off of my last minor, before beginning with my thesis, I chose to study Creative Industry at InHolland. Together with other students from this minor we form a group that participates in the Overhoeks/Van der Pekbuurt reserearch. We also collaborate with the boys of Mathematical Engineering, who are going to help us with building an application. I never built an application before, so I am really excited about that. We have already fulfilled a complete research, and now, with the start of FabCity we begin with the second part of our project (and the more fun part).

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Introduction week FabCity Student Programme

The Europe by People and FabCity student programme started with a busy schedule. Every day we visited lots of presentations, workshops, and discussions to get inspiration for our research in the neighborhoods of Amsterdam-Noord. During the first introduction day we watched the performance of Lucas de Man. I really liked the workshop of Play The City that looked like the old Simcity 3000 game. The games challenges you to think about the different roles people have and the way you should for instance organize energy supply and demand in a certain area. A pitch given by Francesca Miazzo immediately inspired me. Francesca Miazzo (Co-director & Founder CITIES, WASTED project) told us about their initiative to recycle your plastic and get a token in return for a discount in a shop or café in the city. This idea is really good in my opinion, but the formula seemed strange to me; if you hand in a bag of plastic, you get a plastic token in return. The problem here is, of course, the plastic. That is why I thought of building a Wasted Wallet.

Digital Wasted Wallet

Wasted-ENThe concept is very easy. You stop giving plastic tokens to the people, but let them install an app instead. The ‘Wasted Tokens’ all get a personal ID, so the people of Wasted can track their tokens when they are returned. With the help of QR-codes, people can transfer their tokens by scanning each other’s devices. We started making contact with the girls of Wasted Lab and they were immediately very enthusiastic about building an application. On Tuesday, the 29th of April, we had our first meeting and discussed the possibilities to make it happen. The system they now use is very analog and almost everything is done manually. The challenge for us is now to make an application that can help the Wasted Friends (stores and restaurants), People of Wasted (admins) and Wasted Neighbors (users). In the coming weeks, we have to think about advertising, usability and ways to let the plastic tokens disappear and start being really sustainable!

We keep you posted about the research and the collaboration with Wasted Lab. You can also read our blog for updates.