A platform that provides affordable, technology driven educational tools & other technological devices for child learning and development.
Name or Organization
I am located in Richmond, VA.
What is your stage of development?
New Innovator, with less than one year of experience in ECD
What is the stage of your proposal?
Research & Early Testing: I am exploring my idea, gathering the inspiration and information I need to test it with real users.
Describe your submission in one clear sentence
Bayb Tech will be a platform that seeks to provide affordable educational technology tools & technology enhanced devices for babies & toddlers at home or within their daycare environments for low income families to receive more access to educational & developmental technological resources.
Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)
There is currently a technology gap between higher and lower income families and children within lower income families are receiving less resources that would greatly aid them in learning new things and being prepared for school. This solution provides low income families with more affordable educational technology so their children will have access to experiment with many different technology types with educational resources. This will give them an advantage to keep up with rapidly changing technology driven world we live in today and prepare them for future jobs that may use this technology.
Select an Innovation Target
Technology-enabled: Existing approach is more effective or scalable with the addition of technology
Tell us more about your innovation (1500 characters)
Bayb Tech will be a platform where families can go and seek out new and creative technological products geared towards advancing babies/ toddlers education and development with toys, digital devices, and baby products that may help parents keep up with their child. to keep all products affordable for lower income families, parents may also connect and sell or swap items that they no longer need and their children outgrow. Items may consist of baby computers, baby tablets and phones, technology enhanced toys, baby monitors and health tracking devices.
What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)
Today, technology has become very important as every field uses some form of technology and technology is getting more advanced as we age. Providing all children with the access to technology and starting them early with how different technologies work, will give them a significant advantage towards their development and already knowing how they work. Through the actual use and engagement with these technologies lower income families will have children prepared to work with these technologies.
Explain your idea (5000 characters)
Bayb Tech strives to provide the most creative and unique baby technology educational tools as well as other at home devices parents may use to keep up with their babies/toddlers. We want to gather communities with lower incomes to come to trade, sell or buy new items from our platform and really discover different ways of learning through technology. Implementing these technologies and devices within children's different environments keeps them always learning and always practicing with the devices. Overall we hope to achieve a rise in lower income families having access to technologies and their children having more technology knowledge that they can apply to any area or field.
Who benefits? (1500 characters)
1. The beneficiaries will be low income families who need more access to digital and technology enhanced devices and products to further their children's education and or help keep track with the development of their child.
2. I have no experience interacting with beneficiaries but would be interested talking to people who are within this segment or who have experience working with people in this segment.
What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)
With Bayb Tech we aim to provide products to over half of low income families with children and see an increase in technical skills and employment of technology & digital driven jobs for children within these families.
How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)
It provides them with the necessary technology enhanced tools to learn within their education and start to develop skills within using different technologies and how certain things work. Overall, this gives them a better chance at being prepared for school and learning and working with their technical skills for their future at the same rate as middle to higher income children.
Innovation: What makes your concept innovative? (1500 characters)
I think what makes this concept innovative is the merge of new creative & different technologies along with existing ones to make sure kids are getting something different and new to learn while building upon skills of more common technology in an affordable way. Also, exchanging and swapping products brings communities together for the goal of experiencing and learning through many different mediums.
Tell us more about you (3000 characters)
1. I thought up this idea after conducting some research on childhood development and learning about the technology gap that exists between lower income families and higher income families. I found this very interesting and read more about our ever changing world of technology and how important it is for our future generations.
2. Something that excites me is providing kids a way to continue to better themselves no matter where they came from and giving them more opportunities to explore what they want to do in the future at a young age. It is something I believe is very important to establish and explore at these ages rather than later.
Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (500 characters)
I do not currently have the people and partners I need to continue forward with BrainBaby and am seeking more resources in early childhood development and learn about the tools that help babies/toddlers learn more educationally. Also, parents or families with feedback on what they would like to see as a device that could potentially help them with their child.
As you consider your next steps, what kinds of help could you use? Is there a type of expertise that would be most helpful? (1800 characters)
Some expertise that would be helpful is people with expertise in early childhood development and resources to childhood development toys, devices and other technology enhanced devices used by parents to either help their children learn or use themselves to keep the progress of their children.
Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?
Yes, share my contact information