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Sydney, AU Technology
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Chatty Kidz connects families through video chat and keeps kids engaged with fun educational and collaborative games

Sydney, AU Technology
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Chatty Kidz - connecting children, families & learning!

What is Chatty Kidz?

Today an iPad app, tomorrow a solution for modern global families working together to better educate their children using iPad's, smartphone's or PC's.    

Explore your photos during a video conversation
Explore your photos during a video conversation

Chatty Kidz is a team of parents, technical geniuses, creative gurus & educational specialists who care about quality education provided to children all over the world. Committed to building upon the existing Chatty Kidz platform, they are busy designing and developing new collaborative educational content to be delivered across a range of devices (i.e. PC,TV, tablet & phone).

Ken Taggart says "We want Chatty Kidz to be useful to our own families & to help us to better educate our own children; if it's useful to us then it is going to be useful for you too."

What are the problems we solve?

  • A child quickly bores during a video chat  
  • A child gets bored with educational apps 
  • How to teach children to use Social Media
  • Keeping in touch with my distant family

What are the benefits?

  • Children learn better & faster when working with family members
  • The children enjoy learning & using technology for learning
  • The interactivity & regular communication connects distant families
  • Collaboration for the greater good - the family is closer if they enjoy time working on common goals together
  • The parents/grandparents have a reason to use technology
  • Everybody has fun
  • The kids use the iPad for good instead of evil
  • Grandparents nurture a deeper bond with their grandchildren
  • Distant parents nurture a deeper bond with their children

Kids have so much fun talking to their family they don't realise they are learning!

Parents recruit distant family members, to help teach the kids.

We want to deliver more content to more platforms so families can educate their children using any Internet connected device!

The Board of Advisors

Greg Limperis - Award Winning Global EdTech Leader
Greg Limperis - Award Winning Global EdTech Leader
Eli Regalado - Crowdfunding Expert
Eli Regalado - Crowdfunding Expert
Jaimie Adler-Palter - PR Expert
Jaimie Adler-Palter - PR Expert

Stretch Goals

Any additional funds generated by this Kickstarter campaign will be spent funding our roadmap (which is significant) and improving the existing platform:

Learning to read & collaborating with the story
Learning to read & collaborating with the story

Risks and challenges

As with all software projects we have a range of risks to navigate:

Educational Expertise: We already have some expertise from the many historical eLearning projects we have delivered & the fact we are real parents! But we do not have enough, we need to recruit more educational expertise to ensure we provide the guidance required by family members teaching the children. Plus to create useful, interesting educational content that works for the children on our innovative collaborative platform.
We will focus on the communication between the educational professionals (generally non-technical) & developers (technical but not educational experts) because we have experienced problems in this area during earlier projects.

Development Skills & Productivity: We already have a small development team in place who have built the existing app, but we need to grow that team & we need to add specific skills and capabilities.
- OpenTok specialist (or other video platform): we use OpenTok currently to provide the video/audio capability & there are stability problems in the current app which we need to improve to ensure it is 100% stable. It is critical the video works.
Bandwidth issues also cause us significant problems as the user gets a poor experience, we need to utilise expert technical resources to ensure we minimise the problems experienced by users on a range of Internet connections. Of course over the years this will become less of an issue as more users utilise large bandwidth connections (i.e. fibre).

We have managed many large software & App projects over the last 15 years so we know how to recruit and manage a large team of creatives, architects, developers, DBA's, analysts & project managers in order to deliver a software solution on time & on budget.

We have also built a successful multi-channel digital marketing platform from the ground up starting in 1999 & selling it in 2007 (http://www.traction-digital.com/) . So we know how to deliver large software products & meet the busy schedule for improvements and enhancements.

The larger vision: we have a big vision and as the roadmap extends into the future the risks grow significantly, the funds raised in this Kickstarter project will not solve all our future problems. But they will provide a solid base from which we can grow and build upon, especially for the Learning Management System & the Crowd Sourcing Platform. Those will become large projects in their own right in the future once Chatty Kidz is successful and supporting a large user base.

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  1. All gone!

    Pledge £5 or more
    About $8 USD

    3 backers All gone!

    Thank you! We will send you a personal email thanking you and your generosity. Without you this wouldn't be possible.

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    Pledge £5 or more
    About $8 USD

    4 backers

    Thank you you get a free copy of the WORDS add-on and 50 photo slots worth £8.99. Without you this wouldn't be possible

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    Pledge £20 or more
    About $31 USD

    19 backers

    To show our appreciation you get a Chatty Kidz starter pack valued at £30 which includes all words, letters & numbers,access to the reading module and 24 slots to use with your own photos. We'll also give you a shout-out on our Facebook page & Twitter feed.

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    Pledge £50 or more
    About $77 USD

    28 backers

    Thank You! For your valued support you get a free Chatty Kidz user pack valued at £75 which includes all words, letters & numbers,access to reading, access to basic maths, 3 collaborative stories, 3 games & 3 real-world activities, 64 photo slots as & when launched on the platform. Plus you get a shout-out on our Facebook page & Twitter feed.

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    Pledge £100 or more
    About $154 USD

    6 backers

    You get a 2 year subscription to Chatty Kidz valued at £150. With this you get access to all features on the platform plus the latest educational content as it is released. We will also give you a shout-out on our Facebook page & Twitter feed.

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    Pledge £250 or more
    About $386 USD

    3 backers

    We appreciate your support & want to give you more than free subscriptions, you are invited to join an exclusive Chatty Kidz Club. As part of this club you will receive:
    - membership to our beta testing team. You'll have access to pre-release content for the platform and provide valuable feedback as we refine the design and functionality.

    - We want you to know how to use the platform well; so we will also provide 3 x 30 minute sessions with one of our professional educators (valued at £90). You watch & interact with us to learn how to get the most out of the platform & better teach your children, in return we will get better quality feedback from you.

    - You get a 5 year subscription (valued at £325).

    - a shout out on our Facebook & Twitter page

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    Pledge £1,000 or more
    About $1,542 USD

    0 backers

    We say thank you on the Chatty Kidz website, you get a credit containing an image, text and link on the Early Investors page of our website.

    Plus you are invited to join the exclusive Chatty Kidz Club as detailed above & a shout out on our Facebook & Twitter page

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    Pledge £2,500 or more
    About $3,856 USD

    0 backers Limited (6 left of 6)

    You get to innovate & contribute to the design of a new collaborative educational module delivered via Chatty Kidz. Tell us your dream & we will make it. Plus you are invited to join the exclusive Chatty Kidz Club as detailed above & a shout out on our Facebook & Twitter page

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    Pledge £5,000
    About $7,711 USD

    0 backers Limited (4 left of 4)

    Like us you are passionate about collaborative learning & want to be part of its exciting future. We want you to be one of our special advisors & help to guide the future of the Chatty Kidz platform.

    You are invited to an exclusive dinner with the management of Chatty Kidz to discuss our plans and contribute your thoughts and opinions (NOTE: most convenient venue to be decided later).

    Plus you are invited to join the exclusive Chatty Kidz Club as detailed above & a shout out on our Facebook & Twitter page

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Funding period

- (40 days)