Who Cares Wins: Michael Vaga the teenager harnessing human energy

Published: August 21, 2018
Author: Steven Thomas

Creating positive power

"A small but very confident step to make our world a little better."

At the age of 17 Michael Vaga managed to make a breakthrough that many people can only dream of making in their lifetime.  After producing countless prototypes, touring Europe collecting customer feedback and iterating many times on his original idea, Michael produced a breakthrough innovation.  It's called HandEnergy and it harnesses human movement to allow anyone to charge pretty much any type of device.  The device contains a gyrscope that collects power as the user rotates it. It takes about an hour to fully charge a smartphone.

“HandEnergy preserves energy inside of itself, that's why you can use it any time you need it. And of course, you can charge your device during the rotation of HandEnergy as well. It may be a surprise, but the rotor which is inside the HandEnergy device rotates with the average speed of 5000 turns per minute."

What makes it a breakthrough innovation?

We've all been in that situation where you feel like you're on a never ending quest to charge your smartphone.  But what's really exciting about Michael's innovation is its potential to help isolated people and communities harness power in a way that could make a meaningful difference to their lives.  On top of that there are the eco-friendly advantages.  With the help of HandEnergy you generate green, eco-friendly energy, which doesn’t bring harm to you or the surrounding environment. Michael describes it s "A small but very confident step to make our world a little better." I couldn't agree more.

Who Cares Wins: an ongoing study of the people who decided to make the leap and do work that matters.

These are the people who have set about building businesses, big and small, that have a purpose at their core. By innovating themselves they subsequently inspire others. For them, winning isn’t about building million pound revenue streams (although I guess that would be nice). No, for them it’s about creating something that intrinsically transcends money. Subsequently, it becomes something far more soulful.

More in the series:

The art of making more than just a product by Otter Surfboards

Maker and studio owner, Tori Gray, used her ‘creative frustration’ to launch a new venture

Outdoor clothing company Patagonia proves that caring is very good for business