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Pennies for your walks.

Pay people or provide incentives to those who like to walk more which would create a domino effect of more people walking.

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The idea is simple, to encourage people to walk more to lessen traffic and create a walking world. 

Inspired by Sweatcoin, I would like to develop an app that allows its users to earn actual money by walking. Ideally the app would allow the user to get a weekly pay, discounts from stores, restaurants, etc., and a chance for paid commutes to and from work.

The app will work with a number of businesses to provide these discounts and deals, and to gain revenue to give back to the users. There will also be a monthly membership fee to ensure user commitment.

The real purposes of the app come down to promoting active lifestyles, reducing carbon emissions, less people driving, and of course alleviating traffic.

More detail on the proposal in its entirety is in the link below:

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

-Everyone with a fitness/step tracking device. -Working folk -People who want to be more active -Frequent shoppers -Everyday travelers

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Initial Design - you are still exploring the idea and have not tested it with users

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Currently my team consists of me and a friend, but I plan on expanding for the app's development and promotional stages.

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10
  • I am submitting as an individual

Funding Request

  • $100,000

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

Ideally, there would have to be a process of development for the app requiring the stages of testing, coding, formatting, problem solving, firewalls and hack-blocking for it. Then I would begin with a controlled group of around 100-200 people to test the apps efficiency and to determine the exact amount of compensation to give per week depending on number of steps they took and how far/long they average in walking. At the same time, I would pitch the app to several businesses to gain supporters and partners right away and have them use the app regularly as they would Grubhub or Amazon. In time the app will be used on the regular basis throughout the city. More paths and options will be set up to accommodate walkers and more energy can be given to focus on the more major issues.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Through number of users per month, the amount of partnerships we're able to make, and the reduction in driving seen from the app's effectiveness.


Join the conversation:

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Zachary Kirkendoll  - To be honest, I really like this idea. In a way, people are getting paid to be more active outside their house. At the same time, it is a nice way to allow people to enjoy nature when outside of a car or vehicle. There definitely should be programs dedicated to getting paid to walk outside. I think there is an app or two that work similar to what you are saying, but I think it would be a nice way to earn money by being yourself outside. It can even be a nice method for college/university students like myself as well (along with it being a nice tax-free job). You can call it something like "Paces to Pennies".

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Thank you. I'm glad you dig it.
I know there's a few kinks to work out in the idea itself too but I really think that this could be a potential simple solution to a majority of issues including traffic. We all have a part to play.
And I like your title way better than mine hahaha, it has a ring to it. I just came up with something to have a title and couldn't think up anything better.

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Zachary Kirkendoll - You are very welcome. Yeah; I really like the idea. I had an idea like yours about an app that paid people for walking, but you beat me to it and I still agree that this should be a thing I definitely would beta test once it becomes a thing. If you want more ideas about this app, then you can have the app connected to a PayPal account. I'm not sure if I should still post my app idea since you posted yours already, though. Do you think I still should?

I was going to be specific about having all of the steps turn into cash that it can be sent to your PayPal account every 6pm (ET) since, by PayPal rules, that money sent after 7pm (ET) is sent 2 days after to your bank account instead of tomorrow, which by having it all sent at 6pm (ET) gives you an hour to do what you want with the money for if you want to send it to send it to your bank account and have it ready for tomorrow. I do have to agree with you that this is an idea that should definitely affect traffic (both online traffic -since there be can ads for the app- and actual traffic).

Thanks that you like my title of "Paces to Pennies"; I thought of the title since some people walk at least 2000 steps a day and that's those who both have and do not have a car to travel if at the moment. The title can also be a reference to letting every step be a penny; if someone walks 2000 steps a day, then 2000 steps times 1 penny per step makes a simple $20 right there.

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