About this project
First we noticed emoticons rarely look like the person sending them. Then we decided to do something about it.
INTRODUCING IDIVERSICONS. BRINGING CHOICE TO EMOTICONS.
It all began with a casual observation by Katy Parrott, a senior at the University of Texas Austin:
“Why don’t emoticons look like the person sending them?”
It was precisely the kind of “a ha!” moment that leads to an incredible, game-changing idea. So immediately we—Katy Parrott and mom Katrina Parrott—got to work and came up with a powerful answer to Katy’s question: iDiversicons, the new set of emoticons that show the world how you really feel.
So what exactly are iDiversicons, anyway?
Representing an entire world of faces, iDiversicons are a wide range of emoticons that include everything from African-American and Asian, to Latino/Hispanic, Indian, Caucasian and Biracial. They satisfy a void that the current Emojis lack and what the public has been asking for: "more faces of color.”
With just a push of the button, you can easily text or email these emoticons all over the world. iDiversicons are compatible with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, requiring iOS 6.0 or later. The Android Native App is currently under development and will be released soon.
Since Katy’s initial observation, the two of us have become passionate about helping people from all walks of life genuinely express themselves, instead of having someone else’s face speak for them.
And judging from people’s equally passionate reactions, we think we’re on to something big.
That’s where you come in.
We’re turning to Kickstarter to help us launch the second phase of iDiversicons projected to complete by June 2014. We need to raise funds for software programming to develop iDiversicons iOS Version 2.0 and iDiversicons Android Native App Versions 1.0 and 2.0.
Plus, we want to add over 600 new iDiversicons, secure copyrights to protect all of the images, and expand our marketing and advertising efforts to spread the news and let everyone know about our innovative product.
With your Kickstarter help, we’ll not only introduce iDiversicons to the world, we’ll help people finally put some good old-fashioned emotion behind their emoticons.
Please join us!!!
Risks and challenges
Flexibility is key with any new venture. One of the most critical aspects is providing what the user wants. With that in mind, we have enhanced our App to make it more user-friendly, fluid and faster to use. In addition, we have added new capabilities such as importing to social media and selecting multiple images at once. Plus, our images were made smaller to ensure a more seamless viewing experience.
As a Developer, it is imperative that our software programmers can deliver to meet the statement of work requirements of our iDiversicons App. But in the event that our primary programming source cannot meet our desired schedule and technical requirements, it is our plan is to find other programmers who will serve as a back up.
Since iDiversicons Version 3.0 will be animated, we want to make sure that we are not limited by a single source supplier. Fortunately, competition helps us keep the costs under control. We have a great team of seasoned leaders with over 50 years combined experience who are with us every step of the way to ensure our success.
Our original goal was to design a keyboard with coded images like the Emojis, but at this time Apple does not allow Developers to create their own keyboard for their App. So the challenge for us is to develop an App as seamless and user friendly as possible within the guidelines and constraints of the Apple and Android Operating Systems and Software Development Kits.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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