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Bringing Charity and Technology to New Heights

June 21, 2013 by

Imagine combining innovative technologies, a philanthropic cause and climbing the highest mountain in Africa and you will have a very powerful and fascinating mix.

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That was KiliTechTrek: a group of TECHNOPHILES from Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (a stunning 5,895mt/19,341ft) to swap ideas, test technology and raise funds for a local non-profit.

KiliTechTrek saw a very diverse group of tech execs from Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia representing large companies like Amazon, eBay, PayPal, startups like Livestation and Staanoi, and MindTheBridge (a startup accelerator and seed investment fund) get together and take a set of challenges.

We climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a local non-profit (Amani Camani135hildren’s Home) that supports the homeless children of Tanzania. KiliTechTrek and Summit Stories are supporting Amani in their next big challenge: to purchase and build a new welcome center in the city of Arusha that will help support up to 100 new children per year.

Our fundraising runs until the end of June and it is our goal to hit the magic 20,000$ mark (we are at about 16,000$ right now). JOIN US by making a donation or spreading the word about our fundraiser.

In addition to the charitable cause, KiliTechTrek focused on the use of technology by its participants before and during the trek.


KiliTechTrek partnered with TECH COMPANIES to enable Trekkers to power their devices with Goalzero portable solar panels, transfer media seamlessly to their phones with Eye-Fi wireless memory cards, record their biometrics with the Runtastic mobile apps and gps phone and transfer money on the trail using PayPal.

I feel incredibly blessed to have made this trek as we ascended Africa’s highest mountain for a great charitable cause and used the latest technologies on the way. This is an impactful story and I hope it is as inspirational for others as it is for me!

We will share more stories, images and videos in the coming weeks – stay tuned.

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Welcome, Kili Tech TREKKERS! Game ON!

April 17, 2013 by

The jim whittaker countdown to Mt Kilimanjaro has started: it is now less than two months away and our Kili Tech TREKKERS are already preparing their gear, polishing their boots and … worrying about connectivity on the mountain! Ah!

Our tech TREKKERS are all coming together from Silicon Valley, Asia, and Europe to reach the summit of Kilimanjaro to raise money for Amani, a local non-profit organization that supports the homeless children of Tanzania.

Meet Bada from eBay, Marco from MindTheBridge, Lippe from Livestation, Simone from Amazon, Jim from Accenture, Lucrezia from Staanoi, Stephane from Sabre and Francesco from PayPal.

…What new ideas will this gathering of tech and social minds will spur?

To be continued…


Amani receives a grant from the eBay Foundation

March 23, 2013 by

Happy to officially announce that Amani Children’s Home, the non-profit organization supported by Summit Stories, has received a grant from the eBay Foundation Bay Area Give Team to pursue its mission and continue to provide support to the Tanzanian Children.

Amani is located in Moshi (Tanzania) and is dedicated to the protection of the country’s most vulnerable population: street children. Founded by locals in 2001, Amani has rescued hundreds of children from the perils of street life, where they face numerous dangers like malnutrition and abuse.

ebay grantThe funds granted by the eBay Foundation’s Bay Area Give Team as part of eBay Foundations’ employee-led grant recommendation process will be used for resources and materials to set up a psycho-social counseling service at the Amani Home, so that a psycho-social counselor will complement Amani’s current efforts in both social work and education.

“It has been a great experience working with the eBay Foundation team” said Francesco holding the over-sized cheque “and I look forward to bringing this wonderful sign of encouragement and support to Amani”.

This summer, the Summit Stories team will also spend time volunteering at Amani and meet the Amani Kids, adding a special texture to life at Amani.

About the eBay Foundation
The first corporate foundation to be endowed with pre-IPO stock, eBay Foundation was established in 1998, underscoring the company’s early commitment to philanthropy. Since then, the Foundation has given $21 million to organizations around the world and inspired hundreds of companies to establish similar philanthropic efforts.