06 3 / 2013
Invest in the next generation of energy production
we want to invite you to invest in our crowd-funding we launched just today on the plattform Seedmatch.de.
Go to our page and presentation on Seedmatch and be part of our success story. The only thing you need is a german bank account.
An if our chancellor Angela Merkel is a fan of ours, what are you waiting for?
All the best from your super excited Changers team
26 2 / 2013
The new devices arrived
Finally - the long awaited - drum rolls - aaaaaaaaaaaaaand yesssss:
We are back in stock in Europe!!
Our new devices just arrived in the warehouse.
We will start shipping tomorrow and are super thrilled to welcome all our new users who have so patiently waited for their devices to come. We would like to use this occasion to thank all of you for your support and for the trust in us.
Let’s rock that sun, Changers
07 2 / 2013
Become a Trehugger and set your Starter Kit CO2 free.
It always was our goal to provide you with a system to be self-sufficient wherever you are. Mobile, small, light and fitting to your lifestyle. And as the Changers devices measure your CO2-savings we wanted to deliver you these CO2 neutral of course. To calculate the CO2 footprint of Kalhuohfummi and Maroshi however would have cost us about 30.000 Euros, which we simply don’t have as a small startup. Additionally to this the calculation itself would have emitted CO2 again on it’s own and at the end no gram of CO2 would have been saved, but lots of money spent. That’s why we have decided to invest from scratch on neutralizing the devices instead of pouring money into Excel-sheets and meetings.
So, we are going to plant a tree for each Starter-Kit you have purchased: This tree will absorb many times more carbon from the atmosphere than was emitted for the production of the devices. This way we also cover the CO2 emission from our servers and you will hold a completely CO2 freed device in your hands. From your first self produced Watt hour on you create a real CO2-credit with your device.
Ok, but now it’s your turn, because here you don’t get nothing automatically, this wouldn’t have no value. Thus for 10 Changers Credits (equivalent to 10 watt hours self produced energy) you can unlock a tree planting. Visit our Marketplace to see the details.
For unlocking your tree and CO2-neutralising your device of course you will get a badge, the Treehugger Award. You will only get this one for this very wise decision.
So then, hush off you are - planting trees. Next summer we want to picnic in the Changers forest and pick mushrooms, watch deers and relax. ;-)
Simply breath deeply…
15 12 / 2012
Oops, we did it again!
As of today, the Starter Kit is sold out in Europe! We were so surprised by the high demand and overwhelmed by the success
It’s amazing—energy can be seen all over—from Spain to Norway, people are harnessing the power of the sun. Every day the community counter monitors the solar energy generated and the CO2 savings continue to accumulate.
Don’t worry for those of you who weren’t quick enough this time around—more Kalhuohfummis and Maroshis are on their way to Europe in the new year. As for the US, there are still a few remaining Starter Kits available!
To the Changers that continue to support the community, we thank you. And to the ones that haven’t contributed just yet—we are anticipating your first big upload soon!
15 5 / 2012
05 4 / 2012
Messages are Here! Map improved!
Big changes are on the horizon at Changers.
Today we give you two new updates to the community: Messages & Maps.
We listened to your feedback and responded by adding this great new tool. Messages will now make it easier to connect with other members on the community. You can now send messages directly to other Changers on the community, straight from your profile. You will be notified when you receive a new message on the left navigation bar, and you can view previous conversations when you click on the “Messages” tab.
Explore the map to see who’s around you. You could even organize a charging meetup with Changers near you by messaging them! See which cities are full of Changers worldwide, and watch the community grow! The possibilities are now endless with our improved map system.
Keep sending in your feedback and we will keep making the Changers community better.
03 4 / 2012
31 3 / 2012
Earth Hour: March 31, 2012 - 8:30 PM
What are you doing today at 8:30 PM?
We here at Changers know exactly what we will be doing. Today is Earth Hour. For one hour, 147 countries around the world will participate in the fight against climate change and for the love of our planet by shutting off the lights.
By becoming dark, it is a visible symbol and a reminder that even seemingly small actions like switching off a light helps to nurse the planet.
No matter where you are, you can become a part of Earth Hour by simply switching off your lights, and show the world you care. Or, you can participate in a local event in your area — check out the Earth Hour Map where you can find location-specific events catering to your city.
Andy Ridley of Earth Hour says, “Earth Hour’s challenge is no longer to connect people; the challenge is to offer a reason to connect. Any movement of change begins with symbolism - it’s a needed step to prove that enough people care about an issue. Earth Hour is past the beginning now, and lots of people are switching their lights off every year in March. We’re now at a stage of taking it beyond the hour.”
We as Changers do not only agree with Andy and the spirit of Earth Hour — we bring it to life day by day.
26 3 / 2012
What’s new on Changers.com?
We are happy to announce some new features on Changers.com! The new version includes fantastic features along with several bug fixes. Most importantly, we’ve improved the ranking system where you can now find an overview of your rank on a daily, weekly and monthly basis.
Here’s the complete Changelog:
EyeEm API: A mashup between EyeEm and Changers brought an interesting combination: Together with our friends at EyeEm we have integrated a solution to show pictures of cities and places close to you and your friends while observing data stats from the community.
City and country pages: Now you can see which city/country is the fastest growing inside our community and track their growth statistics. We have some surprises coming up for the most eco-friendly cities, as we are constantly searching for our next surprise-worthy ambassadors.
Ranking: Now you can compare your position and contribution with other changers on a daily, weekly and monthly basis. We are preparing special prizes for the TOP 5 uploaders of the month—so keep up the game of charging.
Minor fixes: Based on your valuable feedback, we improve every day. Bugs reported by you have been fixed. Please keep providing your ideas to the community.
Mail server: Email notifications now work without any problem as we’ve upgraded the mail servers this week.
Uploading fix: Some of our users reported that they saw some bugs while uploading the data; we fought those bugs and can assure that they will never come back again and scare you while you bring all that energy inside the community!
Map: We added a map to the city and country pages, where you can see the location of Changers around the world. Have a look who’s charging around you.
17 3 / 2012
28 2 / 2012
Startup Spotlight: Lowfoot
We like energy. We exist on energy. And even though here at Changers we create energy, we also admire the work of another startup which aims to reduce energy consumption.
Lowfoot is the conscious startup based in Toronto, Canada and they decided to tackle the problem of energy efficiency. If you are one of those people that must constantly remind yourself to turn off the light before leaving the room, you aren’t alone. Lowfoot believes that a few extra dollars in your pocket is incentive enough for turning off the lights.
By identifying which energy sources are the most inefficient, and by tracking your electricity usage over time, the goal is to reduce your monthly energy bill—saving you money—while also receiving Lowfoot credits if you stay below the target of 10% energy reduction. The credits are then converted into real cash and sent to you through PayPal at the end of every month.
Currently Lowfoot is only available in North America but we wouldn’t be surprised if it spreads around the world sooner than later.
Check out their website for more information: http://lowfoot.com
20 2 / 2012
15 2 / 2012
Guest Changer Blog: Tim Guinee
As we near our next CO2 milestone of 6 kg saved, we wanted to start introducing you to community members who are making this all possible. For our first user profile we chose none other than Tim Guinee, an American actor whom you might recognize from movies such as Iron Man and Broken English. Tim is an early community member with an interesting story and we asked him to write a guest blog post—he graciously agreed.
When I was young the Cuyahoga River in Cleveland, Ohio caught on fire. It did over $50,000 worth of damage to local bridges. But more importantly it was one of the sparks that ignited the modern environmental movement in the United States. People were outraged. Rivers shouldn’t burn! (Lesser known is the fact that the Cuyahoga has actually burned on ten separate occasions, starting as far back as 1868 – such is the legacy of our environmental degradation).
The Cuyahoga was seen as a clarion call to action and there was great energy and many wonderful policy advances in its wake.
But the truth, for me, is that there seems to be no permanent advance. There can be no relaxing. The environmental movement requires eternal vigilance.
One of the things that I love about my Changers system is that it invites conversation. I work as an actor, all over the world, and I can take it with me to set and inevitably people ask about it and it invites a conversation about global warming (One that doesn’t feel like I’m a polemic zealot – because I didn’t start the conversation).
It also demonstrates some small commitment, some tangible energy being spent on solution. My friend Ed Begley is fond of talking about what he calls “the low hanging fruit” – the actions we can take easily to help make a difference. Changers presents such an opportunity.
It is easy for me, to fall into despondency at the seemingly overwhelming reality of the condition our planet is currently in. I believe the move out of despondency is through the small, possible actions we are each capable of - the “low hanging fruit”. This, for me, is where hope is to be found – in the small actions (versus the temptation of non-action).
Thank you Changers for presenting one such possibility.
31 1 / 2012
The Island President
As we told you before, our idea at Changers was inspired by the Maldives islands in the Indian Ocean. We named the charger and solar panel Kalhuohfummi and Maroshi after two specific Maldivian islands with an ancient history behind them. The Maldivian story mirrored the goal we wanted accomplish: overcoming a precarious scenario by coming together as people and making a decision. Our decision today is the one based on our fight against climate change. Some people don’t believe climate change actually exists, or that we have plenty of time to fix the problem. But in reality if we don’t make action soon it will end up being too late.
On February 26, the documentary The Island President about Maldivian President Mohammed Nasheed’s fight to save his country from climate change will make its German premiere in Munich at the Best Doks festival after winning the People’s Choice Best Documentary Award at TIFF 2011. Radiohead has used their influence for social good as Thom Yorke himself announced that the band had contributed music to the film. Thom also attended the Copenhagen Climate Conference in 2009. Listen to the latest Radiohead release here and find out where The Island President is playing near you!
30 1 / 2012
Meet on Monday #2: Peter
It’s Monday and that means another introduction to the Changers team. Today we bring you Peter from the development crew who is an all-around cool dude. Let’s find out more about him…
Where are you from?
I was born in Poland and moved quite a few times.
And how long have you been in Berlin for?
Berlin is my sixth residence and I’ve been here for 5 years.
What is your favorite Berlin memory?
Everything that happens during summer.
What is your role at Changers?
I am the head of development, so I am responsible for the community.
So, why did you decide to become a Changer?
Well, I decided to become a Changer because of the great and revolutionary idea that Changers stands for. It seems to be the first time that I am really able to change and influence the world I live in.
Where is your favorite place to use your Maroshi?
Wherever there is sun that can be used for charging.
What do you charge with Kalhuohfummi?
What did you name your device?
What is the last great book you read?
Shogun by James Clavell
Anything else you want to add?
It’s time to change!
Thanks Peter for your time and be on the lookout for the next Meet on Monday!