This week and next we are profiling 6 emerging tech startups that have been backed by Force Over Mass, the hybrid early stage tech investment fund. here’s what you need to know about Tech Will Save Us
Tech Will Save Us – IoT – $1.8m raised (Dec 2015, SAATCHiNVEST, Force Over Mass)
A winner in the category of “Best Hardware” at the Europa tech Startup Awards, Tech Will Save Us is on a mission to provide the next generation with the technological skills they will need to survive in a future in which 65% of today’s recognised occupations will no longer exist.
The trick to making a success of this project is to make learning fun – or rather, for children to learn through osmosis whilst they believe they are playing, explains TWSU Director and Co-founder Bethany Koby. “The learning is stealth”, as she puts it, which is a testament to the product – a series of “make-it-yourself” kits and digital tools and products “to support kids in learning through play.”
The firm has grown to a team of 21 designers, educators, and engineers, and the goods are sold in 87 countries through 1600 retailers globally including Barnes and Noble, John lewis, Nordstrom, the Science Museum, Conran shop and many others.
At FOMCap’s recent event at HQ Michelin House Bethany, named one of Wired magazine’s “Designers that Matter” and a Top 50 Creative leader by the Creative Review, demonstrated a recent product, a wearable watch that kids make and code themselves, designed for “active play”. The device has 8 rainbow lights, a motion sensor and a compass that can be programmed in infinite ways. One example, the Tooth Brush trainer, was programmed by an 8 year old to trigger the 8 rainbow coloured lights to shine after brushing his teeth for 2 minutes.
Tech Will Save Us’ investors include SAATCHiNVEST, Force Over Mass, the chairman of Code Club and founder of Moo.com. The kits are put together using various practical skills such as electronics and programmed using Tech Will Save Us Block based code on their free digital platform – giving kids, stealthily, a valuable head start in life, TWSU say.