About this project
What could you do with FREE babysitting? The Komae App gives you the tools needed to easily exchange babysitting with your trusted friends.
At the touch of a finger parents will use the Komae app to submit babysitting requests to their friends, accept the offer that works best, drop off the kids, and enjoy some free time.
Save You Money
Exchange Komae Points rather than cash. Instead of giving your hard-earned cash to a teenage sitter, how about swapping Komae Points with other moms? Spend your money on dinner, not on a sitter!
Provide Trusted Care for Your Children
Exchange babysitting with the people you already know and trust. No matter how big Komae's network grows, your babysitting requests will only show up to other moms you have personally selected as your trusted sitters.
Give You Guilt-Free Freedom
Gone are the day's of asking for awkward favors. By paying friends with Komae Points, they actually look forward to watching your kids. They earn points. The kids have fun with friends. You get free time. Everyone wins!
Komae began in the hearts of Amy & Audrey in early 2014. They were two young moms, investing nearly all their time and money in raising their children, while simultaneously growing small businesses, serving their community, and seeking a piece of sanity.
The result is Komae - a babysitting exchange app that connects them with free, trusted care for their children, while eliminating mommy-guilt that comes with the juggling act of parenthood.
Watch the video below to hear from Amy and Audrey about how this concept began:
Amy & Audrey invite you to take the most trusted people in your life by the hand and get your own Komae village started by backing our Kickstarter project. Your kids, spouse, and bank account will thank you for it!
Through the Komae web app, you will have the tools to exchange babysitting with your most trusted friends, neighbors, and family. Connecting you with other moms your children already know and love, Komae allows parents to make and fill babysitting requests for each other.
It Takes a 'Village' to Raise a Child
Only people you have selected to be part of your 'village' can participate in babysitting your children. You are the center of this village composed exclusively of other moms you know and trust to care for your children. People can only be a part of your village if you both mutually accept a village invitation. And rather than paying your friends money to watch your kids, you will instead exchange Komae points.
You earn points when you babysit; you spend those points when you need a babysitter. Komae is an economy of points to be used among friends without the need to exchange favors or money.
The app will calculate and keep track of all Komae Points you earn and spend.
Making a Babysitting Request
Using the Komae app, you will place a request for a babysitting need with the touch of a finger. You will be alerted when your villagers make offers to fulfill your request and you can accept the one that works best for you. Then drop off and pick up your kids at the agreed time.
Fulfilling a Babysitting Request
Part of the beauty of Komae is that the people in your village all participate in watching each other's children - including you! When you are low on Komae points, simply place an offer on a request made by another person in your village. If your offer is accepted, watch your friend's children at the agreed time and the Komae app will award you with Komae points.
The initial funding goal for Komae is set at $20,000 and will fund what's called a "web app". A web app is basically a website that allows you to create an account, sign in, and provides all of the tools needed to facilitate babysitting exchanges with your friends online.
The web app will be developed using the latest responsive design techniques, which means it will work just as effectively on your phone as it will on a tablet or desktop. Komae will be available to you anywhere and on any device. If you can visit a website on that device, you can also use Komae.
Once we have the web app funded, we'll introduce exciting stretch goals for new features as well as iPhone and Android apps!
A pilot group for the Komae system has been running for 18 months. See how their lives have benefited from the freedom offered by Komae!
What will I do with all my free time?
Take a vacation to the grocery store. Go on a date with your spouse. Drink a cup of coffee while it’s hot. Serve your community. Make an appointment to touch up your roots. Clean your house and fold your laundry. Work off the baby weight at the gym. Have a business meeting. The options are endless and we promise... your kids will thank you for it!
Can dads use Komae?
Yes! Dads can use a Komae account the same as moms. Dads in the Komae Pilot Group have enjoyed using the system when mom is out of town on a mission trip, to have a free Saturday for kid-free yard work, and to surprise mom with a fun date night!
How did Komae get its name?
We began this journey as two Christian women seeking to help families in our church. As it grows to serve families across the world, we want to remain centered around our faith. So we began to research words from the ancient Greek used in the New Testament. Komé (ko'-may) – "a village" immediately stood out, since we all know it takes one. Looking to make the word our own, we changed the spelling and began creating our brand of Komae!
I earned a spot in the early access beta! What the heck does that mean?
The early access beta is a phase of the Komae development cycle where we allow a select group of individuals to kick the tires on the web app before opening it up to the general public. This is a win-win situation because you get free babysitting with your village 6 months sooner, and we get to hear from you how you like it and how we can make it better!
What are these "free beta invites" in the backer levels?
Free beta invites will allow you to invite friends to test out the Komae app with you during the closed beta period. Once the beta test concludes, the free beta accounts will expire and must be upgraded to live accounts to continue using Komae.
Will there be a free version of the Komae app?
The details of our 'freemium' business model are still being worked out. We believe in helping families, so we want to get Komae into as many homes as possible.
We've been running a pilot group to test the system, work out the kinks, and create the smoothest exchange experience possible. See what our pilot group members have to say!
"I get date time with the hubby while knowing that my kiddos are being cared for by a fellow mom! My kids enjoy play time with their friends too!" - Beth P.
"This has allowed me to go out more when I otherwise wouldn't. It has saved our family money, and has helped alleviate my husband from having to come home from work to help me." - Jess W.
"It gives my husband and I the freedom to really enjoy date nights instead of having to worry about the budget because with the co-op we don't have to pay a sitter $10/hr in addition to the cost of a date." - Rachel V.
"One of my favorite experiences is watching my husband (who didn't hold a baby before our son was born) play with other people's kids and actually have fun while doing it!" - Jessica R.
"It's so nice to know that I have this exchange as an option for childcare. I know that the girls will have fun and are safe. It gives me total peace of mind! It has saved us a lot of money and has allowed my husband and I to go on dates more often!" - Kristin K.
"My husband loves that we don't have to spend time or money looking for a sitter that our daughter might not even be comfortable with. We love knowing that I will be leaving my daughter with other moms I trust and will love on her while I am away." - Kelsey F.
"It's so nice as a mom knowing that my child is in good hands with someone that has similar life values." - Kellie A.
"This exchange has been a relief when I needed to go somewhere and needed someone trustworthy to watch my kids. The kids also have fun getting to play with children their ages!" - Audra S.
"This exchange has allowed me some free time with my husband. My children enjoy getting to interact with other children and socialize since they aren't in daycare or school." - Jessica T.
"This exchange helps me feel more at ease finding a sitter rather than relying on family all the time. It also has made me more open to attending events and getting out of the house more often!" - Brittany M.
Introducing the Komae Team. Two families who have come together with one vision.
Audrey - Communications Go-Getter, Designated Dreamer, and Networking Mastermind. Never afraid to strike up a conversation with a stranger, this girl is always making a way for Komae.
Amy - Blogger, Organizer and Whip-Cracker. Often the one sitting behind the computer writing up content, making lists, and chasing down deadlines, Amy is keeping Komae on the move.
Gary and Andrew - Husbands to these two lovely ladies, these guys support Komae in more ways than one. Both web designers, developers, and project managers, they have the ability to turn Amy and Audrey's dream into a full-blown reality.
Risks and challenges
This project will require software development. While the Komae team has extensive experience delivering software projects on-time, setbacks can arise. We want you to have the best possible experience when using the Komae app and if necessary, we will delay the release of the app to ensure that goal is met.
We will be transparent and will keep you informed of any and all project development delays.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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