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"Before I die I want to..." is a project that creates a healthy dialogue about death, empowering people to live life to the fullest. Read more

New York, NY Software
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"Before I die I want to..." is a project that creates a healthy dialogue about death, empowering people to live life to the fullest.

New York, NY Software
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About this project

"Before I die I want to..." is a project that creates a healthy dialogue about death, empowering people to live life to the fullest. For two years, the Before I die... team has been asking people “What do you want to do before you die?” as we snap their portrait with a Polaroid camera. When the emulsion settles, we ask these people to write their answer in their own handwriting on the Polaroid. Their answers serve as a personal contract to accomplish what is most important in their lifetime. To date over 1,200 people around the world from all walks of life have participated.

We want to go digital

Using analog Polaroid has been a great start, however the technology limits people who want to participate but can’t find a Polaroid camera or analog film. Allowing people to participate via the website or their mobile phone will open the project up to people around the globe. People will take their own photo (or their friend’s photo) while answering the question “What do you want to do before you die?” via their mobile phone or their webcam. They will then upload their image and answer to beforeidieiwantto.org. The answers will become part of a database that can then be browsed and filtered based on many factors.

Social platform

The site will be a meaningful social platform, connecting people with similar wishes, enabling them to take action together and opening up conversations around the world.

Data visualization

As the site grows, trends will emerge. How are our goals related to our environment? Our culture? Our gender? How many people in the world have similar dreams to yours? Are some people more comfortable with the idea of their own mortality than others? Why? Information will be visualized graphically, allowing visitors to explore these connections. Crowdsourcing our hopes for the future will provide invaluable ethnographic research.

What the money will be used for

Funds will be used to design and develop this highly-accessible, data-driven website and accompanying mobile application.

This project is a partnership between Before I die I want to... and Well Made World.

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Rewards

  • You selected
    $20 reward

    6 backers

    Advanced edition of Before I Die iPhone application

  • You selected
    $20 reward

    22 backers

    SPECIAL!!! Limited time, Donate Now!
    Before I die I want to... Tote. Pen included so that you can write in your goal on this rad tote! See "Updates" for a photo of the bag.

  • You selected
    $50 reward

    7 backers

    mobile phone application + Tote Bag. Bag is printed with "Before I die I want to

    " Comes with a sharpie - fill in the blank with your personal goal.

  • You selected
    $175 reward

    2 backers

    mobile phone application + Tote Bag + Polaroid interivew kit: Genuine vintage Polariod camera, 1 pack of Polaroid film, 2 sharpie pens, carrying pouch and project instructions.

  • You selected
    $1,000 reward

    0 backers

    PRIVATE POLAROID PARTY!! For your company, organization, or group of friends and family. Founders KS Rives and Nicole Kenney lead your group through the 'Before I Die' process. Everyone is interviewed about what they want to do before they die and has their Polaroid taken.

Funding period

- (61 days)