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Ramped! 1STEP Grind Ramp

A Nike Grind ramp contributes a simple step solution to the global, societal inclusion problem of the single step barrier.

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Produce a wedge ramp using Nike Grind to provide a simple step solution to the global, societal issue of the single-step barrier.

Which Nike Grind materials will your idea utilize?

  • Rubber Outsoles
  • Rubber Flashings
  • Rubber Granulate
  • EVA Foam Injection Scraps
  • EVA Foam Flashings
  • EVA Foam Sheets & Blocks
  • EVA Foam Components
  • Laminated EVA Foam
  • Synthetic Leather

How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?

Primary raw material composite compressed to form colourful 1STEP wedge ramps. Grind may be the core fill if a frame is required, or if possible, mold directly for a durable product.

Please include a visual (can be either 2D or 3D) representation/prototype of your concept. (required)

What is the current stage of development of your idea?

  • Research & Early Testing

Describe your target market. Who will benefit from your product?

People stopped by a 1 step elevation - in wheelchairs, and mobility assisted people - including scooters, walkers. Plus parents with strollers, carts, people with wheel luggage. Also includes their care circles of family, friends, and colleagues while in their company, municipalities committed to urban inclusivitity - for group participation in society.

How will you scale your idea? Please describe in detail your plan to scale your concept.

Iterate StopGap's concept to innovate with Nike Grind as a new resource material + scale with Nike's marketing might to escalate the impact with a simple retrofit solution, the Nike Grind ramp.

How is your idea innovative?

Grind becomes new material used to re-manufacture 1STEP ramps for a scalable solution to address a global social need. The Grind material iterates on wood or metal ramps for a lighter more durable product. Nike brings attention to the 1 step global challenge with a scalable adaptable collaborative solution.

What inspired this idea?

Luke Anderson (Ramp Man) of and Shane Burcaw - People with mobility challenges who face everyday barriers with courage, grit and determination.

Tell us about yourself and your team. What is your background and experience?

Kelly Okamura, gooderGoods. Change Marketer/Sustainable Product Researcher Theresa Maguire, Product Design/Development Executive Joyce Chang, 4th Year Industrial Design at OCADU, Toronto Priscilla Lee, 3rd Year Industrial Design at OCADU, Toronto

In what city are you located?


In what country are you located?


What is your legal / organizational structure? (if applicable)

sole proprietor, KO& Co. for gooderGoods + special project team collaboration for the IDEO Nike Grind Challenge

Please describe how becoming a Top Idea will support the growth of your concept.

1 step barriers exist well beyond Toronto Canada. Nike’s global presence accelerates awareness of the 1 step challenge faced daily by many. Nike’s commitment to creating a better future for many utilizes the Grind waste to drive change for a wider participation to include a resilient yet marginalized global segment. Nike’s intimate knowledge of the Grind material and supply chain partners are key co-creators to transform waste into a step forward for inclusion.


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Photo of Lauren Ito

Hi Kelly Okamura and the Ramped! 1STEP Grind Ramp team!

Great to see you in the Challenge! Could you please provide more content for the submission question, "How specifically will these materials be incorporated into your solution?" How might you begin to turn the raw Nike Grind materials into your final product? What might that process look like step-by-step? How might you begin to prototype with Nike Grind materials?

With the deadline fast-approaching at 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time, please ensure all of your final updates are completed by then.

Excited to learn more!

Photo of Kelly Okamura

Hi Lauren. I picked up your post sitting in the front row of the George Brown year end fashion event. We submitted our entry hours before the deadline so I could bring my zero waste garment to the show. I'm also a student in the college's new post graduate Sustainable Fashion Production program.
Make sure you check out the Rick Mercer video link in the Scale section - you'll see the StopGap process that we are iterating on. Luke Anderson is an engineer and offered his support to our entry, or to anyone who wants to build ramps for inclusion.
Our team includes industrial design members and product development pros. We will address the step-by-step when we get the Grind material - take us to the next phase!
Also note, we are a 4 member team but I could not list all members. Two have now formally registered on the OpenIDEO platform - can they be added?

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