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KidCalendar

KidCalendar is a community calendar app where community groups and public libraries can post details about upcoming events.

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Omri Ware

Geography

Richmond, Virginia

What is your stage of development?

  • New Innovator, with less than one year of experience in ECD

Type

  • University

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

KidCalendar is a community calendar app where community groups and public libraries can post details about upcoming events.

Describe how your solution could be a game-changer for your selected Opportunity Area (600 characters)

KidCalendar will completely change how parents interact with event planners, such as public libraries. It will allow parents to see all of the events going on in their community and give them the opportunity to filter through them. KidCalendar will give more kids, through their parents, access to important and educational community events.

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)

KidCalendar aims to implement a an app form of a calendar of community events to address the lack of access to/interest in educational community events in the United States.

What problem are you aiming to solve? (3 sentences)

The main problem that I'm trying to solve is that there are a lot of community events, but often children do not attend them mainly because their parents do not know about them.

Explain your idea (5000 characters)

KidCalendar will give community event organizers, specifically educational event organizers, a place to post information about their event. When posting information, organizers will answer specific questions which will allow users to sort through events and filter their calendar to only include events that they and their children are interested in. There will be a calendar for local events, statewide events, and nationwide events. All users will be able to select which local calendar that they would like to subscribe to. KidCalendar will most likely be used primarily by public libraries to make parents aware of their educational events for children. KidCalendar intends to spread awareness about educational events and increase attendance at those events with the goal of increasing access to early childhood education.

Who benefits? (1500 characters)

1. The main beneficiaries of my idea are parents and their kids because this app will give them more access to community events. Another beneficiary is community event planners, such as public libraries because their events will become more popular. 2. I do not have a large amount of experience in working with parents and their children, but I have volunteer many times at my local library so I understand how they run and how they plan their events.

What kind of impact will your idea have? (1500 characters)

By 2022, we hope to increase attendance at community events by 25%, with an end goal of increasing overall access to early childhood education in communities across the United States.

Innovation: What makes your concept innovative? (1500 characters)

KidCalendar is innovative with its approach to aggregating community events. It provides a new platform for all community event planners to post information about their events in a simple and user-friendly app.

Scale: Describe how your idea could reach a significant number of end-users. (1500 characters)

KidCalendar can easily be scaled up to encompass tabs for local community events, with each community having a separate calendar, as well as larger statewide events and even nationwide events.

Feasibility: Where are you with understanding the feasibility of your idea? Describe what you’ve done so far and your plans. (3000 characters)

Due to the fact that there will need to be a large amount of calendars, one for every community, it will take a lot more financial and technical support than I would be able to supply. I would need funding and employees to meet the possibly large demand.

Business Viability: How viable is your business model? (1500 characters)

I have not put a lot of thought into a business model as this is a very new idea for me, but I foresee my business model being focus on in-app advertising to generate revenue. We could not charge community event planners to put their events on the calendar because that might discourage them from using it, which would make the app useless.

HCD: How have you used human centered design to build or refine your concept? (1500 characters)

I have used human centered design to build and refine how KidCalendar users will interact with the app. In the future, I would like to make a prototype of the app to refine the user interface and improve the experience.

Tell us more about you (3000 characters)

1. When I was little, I really loved going to library events, but my parents never knew when they were. I came up with this app to solve that problem. It will give parents a place to find all of the information they could want about community events. 2. What excites me the most is how much opportunity there is in the early childhood space. It's a field that needs a lot more work, which means that their is so much space for fun and innovative ideas. 3. I am a Mechanical Engineer at Virginia Commonwealth University in the Product Innovation and Innovate Programs in the VCU da Vinci Center. I do not have any significant experience with early childhood education.

Do you have the people and partners you need to do what you’ve described? (500 characters)

I do not have the proper people and partners to create an app. I have no experience in designing apps, so I would need a team to design and create the app.

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)

The most important kind of expertise that I need is app development. I do not have experience in app development, which is an essential part of KidCalendar. I could also use expertise in user interface design.

Are you willing to share your email contact information submitted on OpenIDEO with Gary Community Investments?

  • Yes, share my contact information

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