Dabbled in projects in global development, environmental issues and education in hopes to create a more sustainable and just world. After graduating from Brown University in 2014, I am now an intern with the OpenIDEO Team in San Francisco. Always excited to learn more about design thinking, community empowerment, and cool places to travel!
Hey again, I love your idea around Hispanic communities - I think targeting Spanish speakers might be a great way to start.
I also came across the app Nike+ Training club, which builds a virtual community to help women reach their fitness goals. They also use famous athletes as a motivator and instructor. Apparently it is the number 1 fitness app in 23 countries. I wonder if we could expand on something like this to target different users, not just women. I also think it would be great to incorporate healthy eating.
Check out the app! I think it's pretty cool. Could be a great way to get ideas and see what's already out there.
Hey Joe- This idea is awesome! I like that it's simple and uses competition and technology to encourage healthy living and fitness. I love the idea of creating a virtual team that works with a famous athlete.
To piggyback on Caio's feedback, I think that it would be difficult to live a lifestyle exactly as a professional athlete. For example, I remember an article about Michael Phelps that said he eats 12,000 calories a day to fuel his six-day-a-week, 5-hour-a-day training schedule. That would be absolutely nuts if someone tried to do that all of a sudden! I know I would feel SO terrible if I tried to do this...
Everyone's body and lifestyle is unique, so I'm curious what you think is the best way to tailor an athletes eating habits and workout schedule to specific people. How can we virtually gather people together and create a healthy, competitive space while also cater to everyone's individual needs?
Hey Joe! I totally connected to your post. I've been playing soccer my entire life- from when I was a little tiny kid, until last year, when I finished 4 years of D1 college soccer. It has been such an important part of my life and has allowed me to stay healthy, release stress, be outside playing, build relationships, and understand teamwork. During injuries and after graduating from college, working out has been much more difficult, as it doesn’t seem like play, I'm not with my friends, and overall it's just not as fun.
I really like the questions that you raised about using technology to bring people together to play sports. How might we use technology to inspire people to come together and play sports? What if there was a tool that allowed people to play pickup soccer (or any sport really) wherever, whenever, with other soccer fans. Could there be an app that you could sign into whenever you wanted to play, and it could tell you where the nearest pickup soccer game is?
Not sure how this would exactly work, i’m just trying to think of a way to leverage technology to get more people outside, running around and playing! Any other ideas? Look forward to hearing what you have to say!