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“Journey of Rising Hopes” film release

July 8, 2014 by

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).

award filmNew 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.

Using PayPal at 20,000ft

May 18, 2014 by

Another beautiful and quite unique element of a Himalayan adventure is the need to bring only cash to pay for your purchases, whether food, accommodations or other services on the trail – something that I almost forgot about in the US. Credit cards are at best used to cut a fruit.

The at times sporadic gift of connectivity brings a trekker back to the endless world of web opportunities and, fortunately in my case, the forgotten payments due.

DSC02648 smallWhether it was a bill for gear I sold and purchased on eBay, a due payment for glacier training I did back home or a surprise bouquet of flower ordered from Base Camp to send home, PayPal came to the rescue and helped me make those happen with a couple of clicks.

As you all know, the Everest expedition is combined with my fundraising support for the Nepal Youth Foundation (it was an absolute delight to meet them in Kathmandu and see first hand how their work positively affects the lives of local underprivileged children). PayPal has been an essential instrument to enable donors to contribute to this cause. Fundraising happened on the crowdfunding platform we used as well as through the multiple donations I accepted using the mobile apps.

Funny enough, during the meeting at Base Camp between the Sherpas and representatives from the ministry of tourism, one of the Minister’s people noticed the PayPal logo on my hat and said:” PayPal, global payments!!”

Does it mean that in the future I will pay the Himalayan tea houses for my delicious momos or ginger tea using PayPal?!

Whether you’re an user or never tried PayPal, our fundraising campaign to build a New Life Center for children affected by HIV is still open: make a donation and help us make this dream become possible.

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.

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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

Bring gold to Kilimanjaro?! PayPal is easier!

May 28, 2013 by

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?

paypalThe 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!

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…

check kilitechtrek.com