10 Steps to Mars is a step counter for the iPhone that uses gamification to make walking more fun and rewarding. All users have their own personalised avatar, and depending on the number of steps you walk in real life, your avatar progresses in a quirky and fun in-game world.
Be creative! By walking in real life you can collect different types of trees, and you are given your own plot of land for designing your own forest. The default avatar is gender neutral and has a randomised skin color, but it is possible to customise your avatar to your heart’s desire with additional costumes and accessories by purchasing coins.
Meet other walkers! Every time you open the app you are connected with 15 other walkers from around the world. You can see their forests, see what trees they are collecting at the moment, and send encouraging messages. We want the user to feel like they’re a part of a global community, a monumental walking movement.
Planting trees in real-life: For every 100 coins purchased in the app, we plant one real tree through the non-profit organisation Trees for the Future
Ecologically speaking, trees are the most effective and economical way to capture and store carbon dioxide. Today, we lose trees at a rate of 50 soccer fields per minute as our food systems destroy our ecosystems. Most of this degradation is making all of us more vulnerable to the climate changes that lie ahead. We are on a mission to plant 12 million trees by 2023 contributing to improving the health of the planet.
For every 100 coins purchased in the app we pledge to plant at least one tree on Earth through our tree planting partner, Trees for the Future.
We are part of Trees for the Future tree-planting-program. The program allows local farmers (in the dry sub-Saharan region) to create so-called Forest Gardens. Not only does planting trees with Trees for the Future have a positive impact on the environment by offsetting carbon dioxide, it also promotes the long-term health of land, families and communities, breaking the cycle of generational poverty and leaving a legacy of hope for the future.
Carbon sequestration is a natural process in which organic matter (trees, plants, soil) takes in carbon dioxide and stores the carbon. Trees and healthy soil organic matter are excellent ways of storing carbon over many years, it supports long-term carbon sequestration.
On average, a Forest Garden offsets 144.64 metric tons of carbon dioxide per acre of land over 20 years.
For each donation we make to Trees for the Future, we receive a certificate that we display on our website.
Today, 50% of car distances in European cities are less than 4km and are the number one cause of air pollution in cities. The annual economic cost of premature deaths from air pollution across the countries of the WHO European Region stands at US$1.431 trillion. This is not sustainable.
Walking is the most affordable method of transport, it is a sustainable, minimal effort way of becoming healthier and is 0% polluant. We created a product that makes people rethink the way they move around, that inspires a behaviour change.
Every time you open the app you are connected with 15 other walkers from around the world. You can see their forests, see what trees they are collecting at the moment, and send encouraging messages. Everyone is anonymous, and you can’t see how far people have walked. We do not want the app to encourage a competitive atmosphere, but rather a motivating, non-judgemental one. We are all about sharing good vibes without turning it into a popularity contest.
You can use your purchased coins to customise the look of your avatar. For every 100 coins purchased we plant one tree.
Have you tried walking to Mars? It’s impossible. If you start walking now, and walk non-stop for a thousand years, you still wouldn’t reach it.
However, if we divide the distance between all of us, we would only have to walk 10 steps each. Together, we can make the impossible possible.
10 Steps to Mars uses your iPhone's built-in motion sensor to automatically collect your steps and running/walking distances. You don't have to keep the app open.
Your iPhone tracks your steps and distances in the background and stores this data. When you open 10 Steps to Mars for the first time, the app can access the data and imports this into your calendar, which means users are always in control of the data that can be shared.
10 Steps to Mars uses your iPhone's built-in motion sensor to track your daily steps and distances. If you have an iPhone 5s or newer, 10 Steps to Mars will work perfectly on your device. An Android version is in development - watch this space.
10 Steps to Mars collects your steps and distances via Apple Health. Currently you can synchronise your steps and distances between your Apple Watch and iPhone and use the app on your iPhone - the app is not currently available on the Apple Watch itself however.