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Programming that's as fun and easy as playing with LEGOs! Learn to make apps directly on iPads and Android tablets. Read more

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Programming that's as fun and easy as playing with LEGOs! Learn to make apps directly on iPads and Android tablets.

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A New Way to Learn to Code

Tickle brings the world's most popular visual programming language, Scratch 2.0, to the iPad, and adds powerful capabilities. With Tickle, anyone can learn to create amazing games and interactive stories on iPad, and program Smart Toys and Smart Homes. 

Your support will help make Tickle freely accessible to everyone, and broaden programming education. 

Stretch Goal #1: Multi-Language Support @ $40,000

Japanese, French, Spanish, German, Catalan, or Dutch? Our backers will get to vote on which 6 languages Tickle will support at launch. 

Stretch Goal #2: Android Tablets @ $60,000

We love Android, too!  Additional development resource will be needed to create a version of Tickle that you will love. We will start Android development after the iPad version launches, and we are aiming for a Spring 2015 release date. 

Rewards Update: Beta access rewards will include LIFETIME beta access to all future version of Tickle. Also, an interactive lesson to make a Flappy Bird-like game will be included for all rewards $25 and above. 

Coding is the new literacy.” — Prof. Mitchel Resnick (Creator of Scratch), MIT Media Lab

Everybody should learn to program a computer, because it teaches you how to think.” — Steve Jobs

Learn to Create Amazing Games

Learning has never been this much fun. Develop logical thinking, problem solving skills, and creativity while learning to create games like Angry Birds and Flappy Bird.  WARNING: learning programming may be addictive!

Program your world.

Simply move a few blocks of code and you can add intelligence to auto-pilot your air drones and control smart homes.

Tickle supports a full programming language with advanced concepts that are taught in Computer Science departments at top universities around the world, including UC Berkeley and Harvard. It supports concepts like data structures, functions, publish-subscribe (pub/sub), and Object-Oriented Programming (OOP).

Programming, re-imagined for the iPad. 

We have re-imagined programming for the tablet era, and designed Tickle from the ground up for multi-touch. We are also creating beautiful characters and sounds, so it’s easy to build stunning games and animations. 

What people have been saying

“I LOVE what you have created to help kids learn through programming!” — Trisha Callella (Apple Distinguished Educator & Author of 46 K-8 books)

“There are a lot of games and puzzles now that promise to teach kids how to code, but Tickle stands out.” — TechCrunch

“If there's one crowd-funded project that you decide to back this week, make it Tickle.” — The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW)

“We particularly loved the idea behind Tickle - an app development tool for children. Tickle is based around Scratch, which is a visual programming language that was developed at MIT.” — NDTV

Who is creating Tickle?

We are a team of designers, hackers, parents, and educators who are passionate about education technology, and have years of startup and enterprise experience in the Silicon Valley.


Why the name “Tickle”?

Why the name “Tickle”? A Tickle is a playful Scratch. It’s also a homage to the TCL programming language created in Berkeley by John Ousterhout in 1988 for rapid prototyping and interactive applications.

Risks and challenges

Our experienced team of iOS developers has already overcome the main technical challenges of developing the Scratch engine and visual editor for iPad. An early prototype can be seen in the demo video, running on iPad 2s, iPad Airs, and iPad minis with iOS 7. We do not expect any significant risks to delivering a fun learning experience.

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FAQ

  • Tickle utilizes many iOS 7 features for the best possible user experience, and runs on all iPads with iOS 7. The iPad 1 is not compatible because it only supports iOS 5.

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Rewards

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    141 backers

    SPECIAL THANKS! Join our journey in creating the most fun you will have learning (and teaching) programming on the iPad. You'll receive backers-only updates on the progress of the app plus launch notification.

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    152 backers

    WALL OF FAME // Thank you for helping transform programming education. You'll get a warm spot on our Wall of Fame on tickleapp.com and in the app.

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    Pledge $25 or more

    134 backers

    STICKERS FOR MACBOOK & IPAD + WALL OF FAME // A set of limited-edition stickers for your Macbooks and iPads that feature the Tickle orca whale in different themes, similar to the stickers shown in Apple's TV ad "Stickers".

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    59 backers

    T-SHIRT + MACBOOK STICKERS + WALL OF FAME // Get a Kickstarter limited-edition t-shirt featuring the orca whale, plus the set of Macbook and iPad stickers mentioned above. All t-shirt sizes are available (child and adult).

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    18 backers

    POST-LAUNCH WEBINAR // Participate in an online webinar for educators and parents (after the public launch) with leaders of the Tickle project. We will share tips and tricks for teaching programming in individual and group settings using Tickle. Plus the t-shirt, stickers, and wall-of-fame rewards mentioned above.

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    19 backers Limited (1 left of 20)

    PRE-LAUNCH BETA ACCESS FOR EDUCATORS // For educators and Scratch Conference attendees only. Be the first to try Tickle before the public launch, and become part of the power educator/parents/programmer community. Plus the webinar, t-shirt, stickers, and wall-of-fame rewards mentioned above.

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    38 backers Limited (2 left of 40)

    PRE-LAUNCH BETA ACCESS FOR PARENTS // Be the first to try Tickle before the public launch, and become part of the power educator/parents/programmer community. Plus the webinar, t-shirt, stickers, and wall-of-fame rewards mentioned above.

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    1 backer Limited (9 left of 10)

    PRE-LAUNCH BETA ACCESS // Be the first to try Tickle before the public launch, and become part of the power educator/parents/programmer community. Plus the webinar, t-shirt, stickers, and wall-of-fame rewards mentioned above.

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    Ships anywhere in the world
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    Pledge $500 or more

    5 backers Limited (1 left of 6)

    MAKE YOUR OWN CHARACTERS // Our artists will custom design a character of your choosing, and you’ll get to name the character (say after your kid or significant other). This character will launch as part of the Tickle app, and be known around the world! Plus you’ll get all the rewards above.

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    4 backers Limited (2 left of 6)

    CODING CAMP + SILICON VALLEY TOUR // 2 full days of programming camp taught by the Tickle team. Plus a half-day tour of top companies in Silicon Valley (e.g. Google and Facebook) and meet top programmers from these companies. Plus all the rewards mentioned above.

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    6 backers Limited (2 left of 8)

    PLATINUM SUPPORTERS // Your name, logo, and website link will appear as a platinum supporter on our website & app. Plus the coding camp and all the rewards mentioned above.

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    0 backers Limited (2 left of 2)

    FOUNDERS CLUB // Private dinner with the Tickle team + your name, company logo, and website link will appear as founding supporters on our website & app. You may bring up to 2 additional guests (SF Bay Area or Taipei, travel costs not included).

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Funding period

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