CEO + Founder of Chimani
When Kerry Gallivan created Chimani, an app that helps people explore national parks, he knew combining technology and the outdoors looked like an odd match. He views technology as a powerful tool, though, and wanted to use it to help others get out of their comfort zones. “I am driven by the concept of social entrepreneurship, and in my case, the potential for technology to have a positive impact on people,” he says. Gallivan sees information as a way of empowering people and helping them feel more confident outdoors. Chimani includes maps, guides, and tips for exploring all 417 national parks in the United States. Gallivan came up with the idea because he thought not enough people knew what was out there to discover. The app includes many ways to explore and enjoy national parks, depending on the person’s comfort level, interest, and wilderness skills. He says Maine could become the “ultimate outdoor destination” on the East Coast because of the variety of landscapes and outdoor recreation opportunities, and tools like Chimani make the outdoors more accessible to more people. “America’s relationship to the outdoors is changing—less backcountry and more front country—so there needs to be better alignment with the various groups to create more complete experiences,” he says. Making the outdoors more accessible is key to boosting Maine’s economy and bringing more people to the state, Gallivan says.