Anxiety. It is just past dawn and after a sleepless night spent wandering around Rome, the message finally arrives: you didn’t think you would ever get an answer and yet there it is. You just make it in time to read the name on the screen, to swipe your finger to unlock the phone and “puff!”, game over, the battery is dead. You don’t have the cable and even if you did, you wouldn’t know how and where to charge the phone: home is in the other side of the city and the time separating you from the answer seems like an eternity. Is it a yes? Is it a no?
The beginning is perhaps a little melodramatic, but how many times has the distance between you and a vital piece of information become an abyss thanks to lithium ions? Without charge, we can feel lost, sad, removed from the world, adrift. Davide Procopio, Marco Bosello and Aldo Migliazzo are going to be our saviours.
In 2015 they came up with neWen, an application that aims to form a community ready to provide its own cables and electricity. All you have to do is join, search for the activity – self-reported –nearby and in exchange for a few coins, you can have at least that 10% that you need to answer «I love you too <3». The user avoid getting an ulcer, the shopkeeper has a way of getting new people to know about his business.
Never Without Energy — neWen —was born within the Innovation World Cup organised by Enel and aimed at anyone of the employees with new ideas that could develop business models complementary to the company. The goal of the founders is to make a first version of the app available for smartphones by 2017.
The story has been written by Andrea Pergola, writer.
Davide works at Enel that deals with intelligence on new technologies in the industrial and retail field.