Day 8 – Bikes for impact: generating electricity through biking…

Mankind uses too many fossil fuels in order to satisfy its energy needs, even though the technologies which we need for the transition to a green, zero emissions society are already available. The idea behing BIKE IT ON is to generate enough electricity to power e.g. a concert, a movie show or a karaoke party by biking (e-bike)!

The primary goal is to raise awareness on the need for us all to change lifestyle in such a way that our energy needs can be met without harming the planet.

After a highly productive “Pimp My Venture” at HUB in March 2011, the BIKE IT ON idea was realised by IndyACT with the support of three fresh graduates from HTL Rennweg.
The first BIKE IT ON event took place on September 17 in Greifenstein in Lower Austria, where the electricity generated by six bikes was used to power the concert of the funk band “the Cosmophoncs”.  Since then, four more events have taken place, three of which concerts.

In new year IndyACT in cooperation with Danube International School Vienna and the Austrian Institute for Sustainable Development (OIN) will provide BIKE IT ON for workshops in schools with the goal of illustrating how much (or how little) electricity can be generated with manpower. Together with the Danube Happiness Project, IndyACT will embark on a ZERO Carbon Bicycle Tour from Passau via Linz, Vienna, Bratislava down to Budapest.  The tour will spread over two weeks, BIKE IT ON will come along and power a concert in each of the aforementioned towns. In addition, IndyACT will further evaluate possibilities of using the concept of “bike power” for humanitarian purposes.


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Matthias Reisinger IMPACT IS… Doing what makes you come alive in a way it contributes to more than just yourself. WHAT DID YOU DO BEFORE BECOMING PART OF THE IMPACT HUB VIENNA TEAM I was finishing my studies and building up emersense, the NGO which gave birth to the Hub WHAT DO YOU LIKE MOST ABOUT YOUR JOB? Prototyping the new way of doing business WHAT DO YOU WANT TO HAVE ACHIEVED AS PART OF THE IHV TEAM BY THE END OF THE YEAR? Hosting the impact eco-system in Austria and bringing it to the next level WHAT DOES YOUR PERFECT SUNDAY LOOK LIKE? Excercize + Chillaxation + Good Food & Good Movie in Good Company WHAT IS AN ABSOLUTELY RANDOM FACT ABOUT YOU THAT EVERYONE SHOULD KNOW? When I was learning the piano as a child, I refused to learn the music pieces I was supposed to, but only wanted to play my own compositions PLACE OF BIRTH? Linz, Austria LANGUAGES YOU SPEAK? German, English, French

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