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Daniel WilsonBy Daniel Wilson
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Daniel WilsonBy Daniel Wilson
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$11,250
pledged of $60,000pledged of $60,000 goal
54
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Mon, November 9 2015 1:00 AM UTC +00:00

About

We love flag football!

From informal fun in the park with friends, throwing the ball around with the kids in the backyard or competitive league play on the weekends, we can't get enough. But flag football hasn't changed since it's was first played in the 1940's.

We want to transform the game for both backyard enthusiasts and serious flag footballers with wearable fiber-optics and interactive LED technology.

Our innovative, lighted uniforms and equipment means that playing time is no longer limited by daylight or the cost and hassle of finding a lit field. We have a modern take on traditional flag football — and want to move it beyond how it’s been played for the last 75 years — with the AfterDark Flag Football Kit.

AfterDark Technologies Flag Football Gear
AfterDark Technologies Flag Football Gear
  • Can't find time during the day for your favorite sports?
  • Don't want the hassle and expense of renting a lighted field?
  • Looking for a new experience for your teams or your children?

AfterDark Flag Football lets players interact in the dark using fiber-optic jerseys that light the players and flags, LED cones to define the field and end-zones, and an LED-powered football. Interactive technology provides a visual rush countdown on the quarterback’s jersey, eliminating inconsistent “one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi” counts. And all of it comes packaged in a convenient carryall, for easy travel and storage.

The AfterDark Flag Football Experience

For six months, we’ve field-tested our gear with some of the largest flag football leagues in both the U.S. and Europe — hosting live games using AfterDark. We’ve incorporated feedback into the final product design and have been overwhelmed with the incredible response to the AfterDark Flag Football experience.

The AfterDark Flag Football Experience
The AfterDark Flag Football Experience

We are proud to work with so many enthusiastic flag fans including adult social teams such as Social Boston Sports, Texas Sports and Social Club, and Santa Monica Beach Flag Football; intramural teams including Babson College and Assumption College, and children's leagues including New England Flag Football — an NFL Flag league for 5-14 year olds. AfterDark’s Flag Football Kit has also been tested with flag football leagues across England and Scotland, in partnership with Pulling the Flag.

AfterDark testers include some of the biggest flag football leagues in the U.S. and Europe
AfterDark testers include some of the biggest flag football leagues in the U.S. and Europe

About the AfterDark Flag Football Kit

For Kickstarter, we would like to thank pledges with kits for two players (1v1) up to full teams of fourteen players (7v7). 

Each kit contains:

  • Fiber-optic jerseys that light the player and the flags (Each jersey can be easily switched between six colors and comes with a pair of flags)
  • LED cones to define the field and end-zones 
  • An LED-powered football 
  • A travel bag for easy travel and storage 
  • A spare jersey for referees in 5v5 kits and upwards

- Basically everything you need to play flag football AfterDark!

Quarterback Visual Rush Countdown

The AfterDark Flag Football Kit replaces the inconsistent “one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi” quarterback countdowns with an interactive LED in each jersey. Simply press the quarterback countdown button, then take the hike and the quarterback’s jersey counts down visually with alternating colors.

Perfect for Children Ages Six and Up

And the best part? AfterDark Flag Football is not just for adult leagues and intramurals. It’s also designed for children ages six and up. Whether it’s an official league game or a fun scrimmage, you can play on beaches, parks, campsites, even in the backyard. With the sun setting earlier, extend your playing time!

Our fiber-optic and LED-powered jerseys will be available in two sizes: Youth and Adult. Each version is adjustable for a wider range of fit within each size.

So you’ve decided to back us on Kickstarter. What happens next?

We are ready to start full scale manufacturing. Our circuit boards are fully designed and tested; our supplier in California is ready to begin production. Upon successful funding via Kickstarter, the next major milestone for bringing AfterDark Flag Football gear to market is to cut injection mold tooling and produce test samples. Our mechanical engineer has identified relevant suppliers; we are ready to take our designs and make this dream a reality.

About the AfterDark Technologies Team

Each year, more than 20 million people play flag football. And we are no exception. However, life gets busy; and we would be frustrated when there weren’t enough daylight hours to get field time. We were deterred by the cost and hassle of renting lit fields and the disappointment of cutting games short when it got too dark.

Our goal is to combine our love of sports and technology to create a way to play flag football anytime, without the need for a lighted field. But our idea grew beyond that — now we want to do introduce you to the AfterDark experience. We want to change the playing field — literally — with fiber-optics and LED technologies.

Daniel Wilson, Founder and CEO

Our founder and CEO Dan Wilson is serial inventor across a range of industries, including high tech and medical devices. He founded AfterDark Technologies while pursuing his MBA at Babson College F.W. Olin Graduate School of Business in Wellesley, MA. He is an alumni of Babson’s incubator program, designed to accelerate the development of student entrepreneurial ventures, and is a recipient of the school’s Entrepreneurship Award, presented annually to a student demonstrating outstanding scholarship and exemplary entrepreneurial actions, leadership, and service to the Babson community. Dan was also a runner-up in The Arthur M. Blank Center Entrepreneurship B.E.T.A. Challenge in 2013 with AfterDark Technologies. He holds a B.S. in Applied Economics and Management from Cornell University.

Michael Audi, Electrical Engineer

Our electrical engineer Mike Audi has years of rapid product development experience with a focus on embedded systems. His previous design work includes development of a GPS-denied Bayesian navigation system; a solar-panel feasibility device; and next-generation development for the Coca-Cola freestyle machine. His specialties include embedded control, wireless communication, sensing, android application development and circuit/PCB design. He is a recipient of the Robert H. Grant innovation award and holds B.S. degrees in Electrical and Computer Engineering along with Robotics Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.e.

Samuel Notaro, Mechanical Engineer

Our mechanical engineer Sam Notaro has been a serial entrepreneur for the last four years. He has worked in the construction equipment and consumer goods fields. He holds multiple patents and has a background in plastic-injection molding. Sam is the recipient of the Stanley I. Weiss Design Award and has competed in a half-dozen innovation competitions. He received his B.S. in both Aerospace Engineering and Mechanical Engineering as well as his M.S. in Aeronautical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in Troy, N.Y., in 2011. His background in engineering — coupled with his tenacious attitude and innovative thinking — makes him a perfect fit for AfterDark Technologies.

Join our team! 

With your support, we will bring the AfterDark experience to the millions of people that play flag football. Please support us and be part of our community. Help us change the playing field.

Got a question? We're here for you.

If you have questions at any time, during or after the campaign, please ask us a question via the Kickstarter page (that way we can share it with our community), and you can always reach us at info@afterdarktechnologies.com.

Risks and challenges

We have done our best to mitigate the risks and challenges for this project.

We have been in the field, testing our product with teams across the U.S. and Europe for many months now, as part of the AfterDark Technologies Test Program. We are very pleased to report that our latest batch of prototype designs passed vigorous field durability testing with teams in a variety of settings including rain, mud, turf fields and beach play. This gives us confidence that our designs at production will provide years of reliable enjoyment and competition.

We have selected manufacturers for circuit boards and injection molding based on reliability and quality of work. Our production schedule has been confirmed, and we are confident in our suppliers’ and vendors’ ability to deliver on both the inputs and delivery dates.

However, in any manufacturing process, there are always risks of delay. We will communicate with our backers throughout the campaign to keep everyone informed and up to date on our progress.

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    Your name in lights! To thank you for being part of our team and supporting us, your name will be on shared on our nighttime-inspired thank you webpage to show our gratitude. You'll receive all updates and special offers as we get closer to launch

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    Show your support with a special, limited-edition AfterDark T-Shirt. Available in all sizes.

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    CATCH THE NIGHT LED KIT: Kickstarter Special Edition for anyone who wants to play catch in their yard or with their friends in the evening: One AfterDark LED football; four LED cones; and a nifty drawstring backpack (note: no flag football jerseys included)

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    SUPER EARLY BIRD: Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Two Player Pack (1v1). Two player jerseys - each with two flags; one brilliantly-lit LED football; four dazzling LED cones; and a nifty drawstring backpack!

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    EARLY BIRD: Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Two Player Pack (1v1). Two player jerseys - each with two flags; one brilliantly-lit LED football; four dazzling LED cones; and a nifty drawstring backpack!

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    Backyard Special Edition AfterDark Flag Football Kit. Ideal for parents of children ages 6-16 years. Includes a 'Flag Football for Kids' guide, two player jerseys - each with two flags; one LED football; four LED cones; all in a nifty drawstring backpack!

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    EARLY BIRD SPECIAL: Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Four Player Pack (2v2). Includes four player jerseys - each with two flags; one brilliantly-lit LED football; eight dazzling LED cones - all in a handy drawstring backpack!

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    Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Four Player Pack (2v2). Four player jerseys - each with two flags; one brilliantly-lit LED football; eight dazzling LED cones; all in a nifty drawstring backpack!

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    EARLY BIRD: Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Six Player Pack (3v3). Catch the night with six player jerseys (each jersey has two flags); one brilliantly-lit LED football; ten brightly-lit LED cones - all in a nifty drawstring backpack!

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    Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Six Player Pack (3v3). Includes six player jerseys (each jersey has two flags); one brilliantly-lit LED football; 10 dazzling LED cones; and a nifty drawstring backpack!

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    Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Ten Player Pack (5v5). Includes 10 player jerseys (each jersey has two flags); a jersey for a referee; two brilliantly-lit LED footballs; 14 dazzling LED cones; plus a sturdy AfterDark duffel bag

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    EARLY BIRD: Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Fourteen Player (7v7) pack and referee jersey. Change your game with fourteen player jerseys (each jersey has two flags); a referee jersey; two brilliantly-lit LED football; 18 brightly-lit LED cones - all in a high quality AfterDark duffel bag

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    Kickstarter Special Edition AfterDark Fourteen Player (7v7) pack and referee jersey. Change your game with fourteen player jerseys (each jersey has two flags); a referee jersey; 2 brilliantly-lit LED football; 18 brightly-lit LED cones - all in a high quality AfterDark duffel bag

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    Intramural Kickstarter Special Edition! For intramural sports organizers and managers that want to add a new and fun game to the roster. A 10v10 AfterDark kit that includes 22 jerseys (each with two lit flags) comprising 20 player jerseys, plus one referee jersey and one spare jersey; 20 LED cones; 2 LED-powered footballs

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Funding period

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