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Job JansweijerBy Job Jansweijer
First created
Job JansweijerBy Job Jansweijer
First created
€15,145
pledged of €30,000pledged of €30,000 goal
308
backers
0seconds to go
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Sat, October 18 2014 8:25 PM UTC +00:00

About

We haven't been able to fund KonneKt with this Kickstarter campaign, but our mission is still to bring KonneKt to the isolated children who need it!

We will consider a relaunch and other options to fund KonneKt. Check out one of the following places to be the first to know when that happens, or to learn more about current availability of KonneKt! You can also subscribe to the newsletter.

 

To get one+one, you can donate the price indicated at 'one+one' and choose the corresponding reward.

                  

 *Please note that the colors of the rewards you receive might not match the colors on the picture

If you would like to give away a personal present, or when you want to give away KonneKt sets with your company name on individual pieces, we can engrave your name on most pieces (all, except the really small ones). We can do this for the full packages. The first personalized full package will cost €259, each subsequent package with the same name will cost €199. If you want this, donate the correct amount (€60 + [number of games you want]*€199) and choose for the 'full package' perk. We'll contact you for the details. You can receive the games yourself, or have us donate the games with your name on them to a hospital. The extra earnings will be used for the increased production costs and to donate more games to hospitals.

Unfortunately, during the treatment of some diseases, children are required to be isolated and are not allowed to leave their rooms. This isolation can take up to four months! During this time, however, they do not always feel ill.

Like any other child, these children feel an urge to play and to make contact with their peers, which is very hard in the traditional isolation set-up. With KonneKt, we give these children the opportunity to play together with other children at the hospital.

KonneKt is a fun toy for healthy and ill children alike. It consists of a set of shapes that children can attach to the windows between their rooms and the hallway with suction cups and magnets. KonneKt offers children the possibility to make up their own games and stories. And they do not even have to be in the same room!

Children can play games such as tic tac toe, checkers and chess, but they can also build their own fantasy world with dragons, castles monsters and heroes. They can even play challenging competitive games such as a variation on pacman, where one of the children plays the ghost, and the other plays pacman!

We designed the shapes to tickle the imagination of the children and encourage them to create their own fun games.

Besides being a fun and creative game for every child, the possibility to play together without having to leave a room makes KonneKt very suitable for isolated children in hospitals!

There are so many people who helped to bring KonneKt to where it is now!  From children suffering from cancer to production experts, from healthcare professionals to fellow designers. It would be impossible to give credit everybody to whom I'm grateful, but to all those who helped: Thank you!

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My journey with KonneKt started in January 2013, when I started my graduation project at Industrial Design Engineering at the TU Delft. During the project, I interviewed many children in several Dutch child hospitals. I learned that isolation is quite common for child cancer patients. Children indicated that this was a big problem for them, as they were obviously very bored and very lonely. Contrary to what I expected, these children were not always bedbound, and would love to play with other children. Furthermore, I learned that isolation is not just boring, but also negatively impacts normal social development! To solve the problem, I built different prototypes, and tested them in hospitals.

If you're interested in reading more about the research and/or about the development process, you can download the analysis report and/or graduation report. Please note that some information might be outdated (for example the cost estimation of producing KonneKt and the Princess Máxima Center floorplan).

After graduating and seeing what KonneKt could do for isolated children I was (and still am!) very motivated to make KonneKt a reality. "If I won't do it, who will?" I thought. Thanks to help and advice of many kind people I have been able to fully prepare KonneKt for production and make a solid financial plan. All I need to start producing now and actually realize KonneKt, is money. This is where you come in. Join my dream to make KonneKt a reality by pledging and/or spreading the word!

Kind regards,

Job

Risks and challenges

I have been educated at Industrial Design Engineering to develop and produce these kinds of products, but actually doing it in practice is a whole different ballgame. I made many prototypes to test the design, but still, any production process involves some risk.

For example, there is the risk that one of the suppliers will not be able to live up to its promises. To optimize communication and control, KonneKt is produced and assembled entirely in the Netherlands. Some of the raw materials need to come from abroad, but those are insured against loss or damage.

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    SMALL IS BEAUTIFUL - €1, just because you like this project. You will receive updates on KonneKt.

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    KEYCHAIN - Pledge €10 or more and you'll receive a keychain as a thank you for your contribution. It will be in one of the KonneKt organic shapes. We will downscale the shapes so they'll fit in your pocket. (Scroll down for a picture)

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    TIC TAC TOE - Play this game on your window! One costs €20, if you want one+one, you can donate €40 and select this reward, and we'll make sure both you and a hospital receive a game. (Scroll down for a picture)

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    DRAGON, CASTLE, KNIGHT and PRINCESS - One costs €39, if you want one+one, you can donate €78 and select this reward, and we'll make sure a hospital gets a game. (Scroll down for a picture)

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    Pledge €75 or more About $85

    JUNGLE - The peace of the tropical birds is disturbed by Monsieur Croque! Comes with trees and a sun. One costs €75, if you want one+one, you can donate €149 and select this reward, and we'll make sure both you and a hospital receive a game. (Scroll down for a picture)

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    4-IN-ONE-GAME-PACKAGE - Contains the shapes to play connect four, chess, checkers and tic tac toe. One costs €99, if you want one+one, you can donate €198 and select this reward, and we'll make sure both you and a hospital receive a game. (Scroll down for pictures)

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    Pledge €125 or more About $142

    FULL PACKAGE - We challenge you to get creative and make up your own stories and games with this package! It contains over 100 shapes in different colors. More than enough to start building yourself! One costs €125, if you want one+one, you can donate €249 and select this reward, and we'll make sure both you and a hospital receive this game. Message us to ask about possibilities for engraving your (company) name on the shapes at an extra charge.

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    Pledge €575 or more About $653

    5 SET PACKAGE - Five games cost €575, if you want five+five, you can donate €999 and select this reward, and we'll make sure you will receive five games, and five hospitals will each receive this game. Message us to ask about possibilities for engraving your (company) name on the shapes at an extra charge.

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