Pre-Crowdfund Crowdfund !
Hello, thanks for visiting the pre-crowdfund crowdfund for the Nyoka Light Wand.
We are gearing up to launch a crowdfunding campaign once we have our full prototype ready to go. We are currently producing the materials, powering up the enzymes, and putting the finishing touches on the Light Wand design. From there we will be taking a million photos and videos to show you the final product - a glowstick that HELPS the environment :)
So far we have been funding everything out of our own pockets. Since being featured in the Saanich News we have received some very welcome interest in receiving financial support even before we launch a 'real' crowdfunding campaign with all the bells and whistles (ps. there will be many bells and whistles).
So if you are here and would like to contribute, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts.
Your donations will go towards:
- materials costs as we continue to finalise the product design
- purchasing lab consumables for research and development
- producing the 'demo' version of the Light Wand. We are working with some incredible new green materials we are excited to tell you more about, but they are a bit trickier to work with and take a little longer than their plastic evil-cousins.
*we are currently working to enroll in a government donation match program, so your dollars could go much further than you think*
We are working with the VCHT ( www.biobayinfo.com) to help conserve bioluminescent bays around the world, starting with the BioBay in Vieques, Puerto Rico. 5% of all donations will go towards the bioluminescent bay conservation program.
To everyone who has made it this far, THANK YOU SO MUCH! We are beyond excited to be working on this project - it just feels so good to DO something about some of the problems that the world is facing. We hope you get a bit of that feeling from helping us.
Scratch that, we hope you get a LOT of that feeling, because your help really is fundamental in getting this project off the ground (and into your hands! and glowing! and then back into the ground, where (if all goes well) more bioluminescent things will grow!)
Ok, I have to tell you - the initial run of Light Wands will be a vector for turkey tail mushrooms (great at mycoremediation), but with your support during our real crowdfunding campaign, we could soon begin working on developing a Light Wand that spreads magic bioluminescent mushrooms! oh yeah.
Our team is working hard and growing everyday, right now everyone is putting in time because they care so much about this project, we are doing this because we love it.
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If you want to HOLD A LIGHT WAND IN YOUR VERY OWN HANDS (as well as learn more about bioluminescence, mycoremediation, the mycelial web of life, and awesome new plastic eating bacteria and fungi) press that donate button!
Also make sure to sign up for our email list so you can get all our juicy updates.
Paige, and the rest of the Nyoka Team
Since my last update we have gone through countless iterations of the Light Wand design, formed a real working soil-healing bio-plug, finessed the 3D design of the cap to make a great seal, and designed some beautiful preliminary packaging.
Beyond the product itself, we presented at the BC Tech Summit, Vancouver Island Life Sciences Society, and Digital Scholarship Commons at the University of Victoria. The community support has been the best part about working on this project. It is inspiring and humbling to be working with such a great network of people who care so deeply for the planet.
Here are some photos of the latest prototypes!
To show you what we are working with I created this video which shows just how powerful the bioluminescence is!