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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.

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

Wanna bet we will RUNTASTIC it on Kilimanjaro

May 16, 2013 by

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.

20130516-085005.jpgRuntastic 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.