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Hoping for a last-minute miracle, Discovery News and Geekwire chime in to support us!

We’re down to the last 70 hours of the Kickstarter campaign, and though it’s going to be a looooong shot for us to make it we can’t give up hope now and we’re seeing a resurge of pledges in the last few days as well as some great press form GeekWire who ran a profile piece on Fernd as Geek of the Week and today’s last minute support plea from Discovery News. This just may just help us turn the boat around!

Father’s day gift idea: 999Bottles!

With 21 days to go and 47K to raise, we are doubling up efforts as we approach the finish line. We’ve created a new reward for those who would like to gift 999Bottles to someone special. here are the details of the new reward:


Buying a 999Bottle as a gift? We will mail you a personalized ownership certificate, signed by 999Bottles creator, Fernd van Engelen, by June 30. The actual bottle will be available in October. For shipping (of the bottle) please add: $5 for US; $12 for Canada; $22 for UK; $22 for Europe; $22 for Japan

BTW — Father’s day is coming up (wink, wink!) 

Changing the World, One Bottle at a Time

999Bottles has attracted the attention and support of hundreds of people from all over the world. One of our most vocal supporters is Jonathan Eric Defante, who was selected as a 2011 United Nations Citizen Ambassador for his change-inspiring video Changing the World, One Bottle at a Time. A native of The Philippines, Jonathan currently lives in Dubai. But not for long—he is planning to go to Guatemala and help build a classroom out of used plastic bottles. 

We sat down with Jonathan last week to learn more about what inspired him to do the video and what lies ahead for him. 

United Secretary General Ban Ki-moon congratulated UN Citizen Ambassador Jonathan Eric Defante in a ceremony in New York in 2011.

Tell us about yourself. How did you become a UN Citizen Ambassador? What did you do before and how has this honor changed your life?

I graduated in Mapua Institute of Technology back in Oct 2009, under the program of Electronics Engineering. I worked as a high-school teacher for about a year. I was 21 back then and in 2011 tried finding work here in Dubai. It was around August that I had the chance to stumble upon a website citing that it was World Humanitarian Day and then the UN had this contest for the Citizen Ambassador. I checked out couple of the previous videos and then I felt that I could do it as well. I had a whole week off before I started my new job as a sales associate in Virgin Megastore and so I used that time to create the video and deliver the idea into a 30-second pitch.

I got a call from New York early October informing me that I qualified to the Top 20 and then, the next day, that I was selected as one of the three Ambassadors, out of more than 500 entries worldwide. Limitless opportunities opened up for me — I’ve been introduced to many great and inspiring individuals and it gave me a chance to connect to people who share my vision and advocacy passion. It made me more responsible and led me to have this dream of helping communities and the environment at the same time.

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Check out the 999Bottle Limited Edition design chosen by our backers!

Last week, we invited our Kickstarter backers to vote on the design of the Limited Edition 999Bottles. They jumped on the chance to participate, cast their vote and have their design voice heard. In three days, we got almost 300 votes and we now have a winner! But before we unveil that I’d like to share a bit more of why it was important for us to involve supporters in this decision.

One of many bottle shape concepts we tried. See more on Facebook.

One of the reasons Artefact embarked on the 999Bottles project was to take a concept, that we firmly believe in, all the way from our sketch pad to market. As a design consultancy, we have the privilege to work with leading companies to shape the design for innovative products and create the overall concept of unique user experiences. But we are only a small part of the entire process.  999Bottles gives us the opportunity to be involved all the way through—from the more significant details and visible ones, like the shape of the bottle, to the less obvious ones, like the bar on the cap that allows you to attach a carrying strap and then taking the idea to the public. So why did we give up some of the control in the design?

Cap with a bar for attaching a strap

We wanted to show our supporters a token of appreciation for their support.  In less than a month, more than 500 people pledged money for 999Bottles on Kickstarter. Without our supporters, 999Bottles is simply an idea.

We wanted to give supporters more ownership in the journey. Our backers’ support does not end with their pledge. We rely on them to spread the word and become champions to 999Bottles so we can reach our funding goal.

The Limited Edition 999Bottles is a way to commemorate our Kickstarter community. If we succeed in reaching our goal (and we hope we do), we may make thousands of 999Bottles. Yet these 999 Limited Edition bottles will always symbolize the passion and commitment of these first supporters. What better way to do that than letting backers choose the design?


The winner is the Personalized Limited Edition 999Bottles! It features the backer’s name and the unique number of the bottle.

The second most popular design was the Engraved World Map. It features a subtle texture and aunique number per bottle. When we asked our Facebook fans to guess the winning design, they actually chose this option.

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Voting for Limited Edition is open until Monday May 14!

As seen in the last post we are conducting a poll to determine the final design for the 999Bottle Limited Edition. If you’d like to get your vote in, you just need to become a backer with $1 or more. You can always change your pledge level until funding closes on June 22.  Join us!