July 8, 2014 by Francesco
It’s our great pleasure to announce the release of “Journey of Rising Hopes”. The short film documents the trip that technology executives from Silicon Valley, Asia, and Europe did in June 2014 to reach the summit of Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise money for Amani Children’s Home (a local charity that supports the homeless children of Tanzania).
New technologies were used along the way on KiliTechTrek (the name of the expedition) including sponsor products such as Eye-Fi (maker of connected memory cards), GoalZero (provider of portable solar panels), and Runtastic (producer of mobile solutions to track fitness and sport activities). PayPal was used for the fundraising contributions as well as to transfer money on the trail.
As a great recognition for the quality of the story, Journey of Rising Hopes received the Best Adventure Film Award at the Amsterdam Film Festival 2014. Brett Garling from Cut Canvas Creative was the film Director.
The ultimate achievement we are extremely proud of is the raising of $20,000 in favor of Amani Children’s Home: these funds will help Amani build a new welcome center for their increasing load of street children. This fundraising was phenomenal and made possible by your support and donations! Thank you!
We hope you enjoy the film.
June 21, 2013 by Francesco
Imagine combining innovative technologies, a philanthropic cause and climbing the highest mountain in Africa and you will have a very powerful and fascinating mix.
That was KiliTechTrek: a group of TECHNOPHILES from Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia climbed Mt Kilimanjaro (a stunning 5,895mt/19,341ft) to swap ideas, test technology and raise funds for a local non-profit.
KiliTechTrek saw a very diverse group of tech execs from Silicon Valley, Europe and Asia representing large companies like Amazon, eBay, PayPal, startups like Livestation and Staanoi, and MindTheBridge (a startup accelerator and seed investment fund) get together and take a set of challenges.
We climbed Mt. Kilimanjaro to raise funds for a local non-profit (Amani Children’s Home) that supports the homeless children of Tanzania. KiliTechTrek and Summit Stories are supporting Amani in their next big challenge: to purchase and build a new welcome center in the city of Arusha that will help support up to 100 new children per year.
Our fundraising runs until the end of June and it is our goal to hit the magic 20,000$ 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.
do you want to learn more about KiliTechTrek or make a donation to Amani? You can check www.kilitechtrek.com
May 28, 2013 by Francesco
When you climb a 19,000ft/6,000mt mountain, every gram counts and it is critically important to minimize the amount of extra stuff to carry. Would you bring your credit cards, your thick wallet, those notes and coins? Wouldn’t it be simpler to have a mobile payment solution from high on the mountain?
The Kili Tech Trekkers will benefit from the effortless ways to pay, be paid and donate offered by PayPal, our welcome sponsor to Summit Stories.
PayPal makes it simpler to get more of what people want from their money: this is especially true at very high altitude, whether paying for that delicious soda, paying a bet off to a fellow trekker or make a donation to Amani upon reaching a milestone on the mountain.
Amani is the local non-profit organization that supports the homeless children of Tanzania and that Summit Stories elected to support in their nex big challenge: to build a new welcome center in the city of Arusha and help support up to 100 children a year.
Follow our Trekkers as they climb Kilimanjaro assisted by PayPal, and emulate them by making a DONATION to Amani on KiliTechTrek, of course using PayPal!
May 21, 2013 by Francesco
You’re on an incredible trip, capturing amazing photos and thinking, “if only my friends could see this.” You use your smartphone for the accessibility and instant sharing. But, camera phones fall far short for capturing low light, fast action, zooming or other features that make digital cameras superior. And, the gorgeous, high-resolution memories you do take often remain trapped on your SD card long after you return home.
Well, KiliTechTrek wants more for our travelling photo enthusiasts. And Eye-Fi has the technology to make that happen.
Eye-Fi wireless SD memory cards automatically upload photos and videos to smartphones and tablets, anywhere. Built-in WiFi means you don’t need to be connected to the internet or a wireless network. Instead, you can stand on Kilimanjaro, take the best photos of your life and they are instantly available on your smartphone to post, tweet, email or just enjoy.
Eye-Fi joins KiliTechTrek on Kilimanjaro to improve the lives of homeless children in Tanzania. We hope the photos and videos the trekkers share will prompt you to action as well.
Stay tuned for more from the heights of Tanzania!
May 16, 2013 by Francesco
We thought it would be smart to put aside any suspicion about our upcoming trip to Kili: no helicopters are planned nor we will be carried on the back of a donkey. Runtastic, the mobile health and fitness company whose products make exercise easy and fun, will keep us honest by tracking our progress step by step on the trail.
We will be using the Runtastic mobile apps and Runtastic Gps watch to provide precise updates and snapshots of each milestone we reach on Kilimanjaro.
Runtastic combines a software platform, hardware device, and an online service which together create a fitness and health ecosystem that can measure any activity data (whether running. Biking, skiing or working out, even eating doughnuts at high altitude). Developed with professional athletes, the technology tracks, monitors, analyzes and shares fitness activities.
Runtastic website states:”Runtastic motivates people to get their body in shape, stay fit, and feel terrific”. Well, this is exactly how we already feel and we can’t wait to deploy the Runtastic arsenal on the trek.
May 7, 2013 by Francesco
Excited to announce that Mountain Hardwear will be a supporting partner to KiliTechTrek. The Trekkers will soon climb Mt Kilimanjaro and Mountain Hardwear will help keep them warm, protected and strong.
Mountain Hardwear was founded 18 years ago by a group of passionate people who believed anything is possible, and that anything worth pursuing in life required challenge.
Here is a quote I particularly like from Mountain Hardwear’s mission statement: “…we realized standing on the peak didn’t define who we were and our potential; it was the moments of challenge, along the journey that defined us. We celebrate those individuals and are inspired by big dreamers that believe anything is possible.”
Our KiliTechTrekkers are motivated by a similar challenge: to be example to the Amani Kids on the journey we are taking and the motivation it needs to reach a summit.
April 17, 2013 by Francesco
The 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…
March 23, 2013 by Francesco
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.
The 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.