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Power Generating Marathon

What if we leverage the runners community to generate energy ? What if we use a power generating shoes open-source technology to equip as most runners as we can, to let them create together a massive stock of energy ?

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  • The idea is to create a power generating shoes open-source technology (partnership with shoe manufacturer like Nike could be done)
  • We equip the runners community
  • We create a new reflex action : each time you run, you create power. After your run, you upload the created energy on a wider runners energy bank (terminals to be installed in favorite running places)
  • We organise a massive event: the first power generating marathon, to scale the idea and make it visible by all the runners community (in different cities of the world, just like classical marathons or color run)
Inspirations  here.
Here, or here.

What community does this idea benefit and who are the main players?

Runners from all over the world.

How does your idea specifically help your community rapidly transition to renewables?

It's open-source technology. Everyone can build it's own shoes system. It's doable any time, anywhere.

What early, lightweight experiment can you try out in your own community to find out if the idea will meet your expectations?

Build a shoe prototype. Build a energy updloading terminal.

What skills, input or guidance are you keen to connect with from the OpenIDEO community to help you build out or refine your idea further?

Prototyping skills.

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This idea emerged from:

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Neat idea, Mathieu! I really like your idea and inspirations. Have you considered contacting with SolePower team? They might be interested in partnership on your idea as that kind of marathon would help promote their idea as well. They might provide you with the shoes you need for the marathon.

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