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Multilingual...It just comes naturally!

The child would wear a device that's registered to their eyes, which then would repeat back to them what that object is in foreign language

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Emiley Trowbridge (Innovate at VCU)

What is your stage of development?

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


  • 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

The multilingual hat aims to implement new learning techniques to children in their early development in order to address the diversity and many language barriers we currently have throughout the world. The hat would sync to where the eyes of the young child is looking and then would repeat back to the child the name of that object/item in the desired language of choice. This exercises the developing brain and is constantly exposing the child to the language allowing for quick language pick up.

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

This idea could change the future entirely, allowing for children to be bilingual or multilingual even if they do not have parents that are such. This allows us to use the young brilliant brains to be used to its full ability. Children's brain are like sponges and can learn 2 languages just as easily as 1 but this allows the proper tools to make this happen. Before being multilingual really just relied on the parents passing on their knowledge or hard work an individual puts in after most brain development to learn another language. This grants all children with the gift of language.

Select an Innovation Target

  • Product: A new or enhanced physical product that creates value for end beneficiaries.

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

The greatest issues I am trying to solve with this innovative product is to help increase the individuals that are multilingual as well as give children with parents that are not multilingual an opportunity to learn at their easiest and most beneficial years of brain development.

Explain your idea (5000 characters)

My team will try to create the product in order to make this a realistic and tangible idea as far as a product. This can be done through many technological advances that we already have in this present time, though we will need engineers and those that can connect technology to the brain and/or line of sight in order to get the "hat"(device) to recognize what the child is looking at. This will achieve an expanded learning capacity for young children and hopefully create more multilingual individuals throughout our world today.

Who benefits? (1500 characters)

1. The parents, children and the world will benefit from this innovative idea. 2. I myself know the struggles of trying to become bilingual let alone trilingual. I wish that my parents taught me another language when I was younger but I was not fortunate enough to have that opportunity. From my own experience I know this will help future beneficiaries. I also am in close contact with parents that want to help their child be bilingual even though they are not themselves. This provides them the ability to do so.

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

Will have a long lasting impact that will take a while to see the benefits of but once they begin it will sky rocket.

How does or how could your idea impact low-income children? (1500 characters)

Allow them more skill sets that could be beneficial to bring to a place of work. This could increase their chances of employment, open more opportunities for them regardless of the amount of money they come from.

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

Their is no other idea like this device. Yes TV shows, books and other creative ideas have been established to help versify a child language though this is around the clock learning. This is also a recognition process that connects what the child sees in real life to wha they also hear when looking at said item. Allowing the child to not only learn a phrase but actually learn the language.

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

The market size would probability start small to get the foot in the door but after its announcement the long term financial sustainability will have good growth. Being that knowledge is valuable and people are never going to stop having babies. If we know anything about parents is that they want the best future possible for thier children.

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

Nothing has kicked off yet in planning but first off a team would have to be created to first determine if this is idea is even feasible through the creation of the product and the technology we have available to us currently.

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

I am currently apart of Innovate at VCU and they have all been a big help in guiding potential ideas.

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

  • No, please do not share my contact information


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Extraordinary idea. Would love to know how your feasibility studies are going.

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