Quirky Kid is heading to Dubai!

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Quirky Kid in Dubai

Dr Kimberley O’Brien, c0-founder and principal psychologist at Quirky Kid® will be heading to the UAE next week to participate in the 5-days Dubai EdTech Bootcamp organised by Australian Trade and Investment Commission (Austrade), together with eight hand picked educational movers and shakers.

The United Arab Emirates (UAE) has the largest number of English-speaking private schools in the world and more than 20 international universities. Education is big business in Dubai and the schools there are at the vanguard of technology integration with traditional educational modalities.

Dr Kimberley will be connecting with other global innovators in the educational and educational technology space, sharing skills, and showcasing our unique Quirky Kid products and programs. Amongst the showcase is BriteChild®, an innovative new app currently in the Beta-testing phase, as well as our Social and Emotional Education Systems and curriculum, like The Best of Friends® BaseCamp® and Power-Up® programs.


The programs includes the opportunity to deliver a 10 minute pitch pitch session to a small group of key potential customers and investors. Attendees will include decision makers from schools and universities; family offices; VC funds and government funding
arms, such as:

  • Knowledge Fund, Privity FZ LLE, Athena Education, Foundation Holding, Cedar Bridge, Private Office of HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Alnehayan and Private Office of HH Sheikh Saeed Bin Ahmed Al Makhtoum

While there’s no denying that we’re thrilled-to-pieces to be recognised at the Bootcamp as an innovator in education, we’re also thrilled to have the opportunity to expand our reach to more kids globally.. Our participation in this exciting event helps us understand the common experiences of children first-hand on a global scale, as well as helping us achieve our goals of reaching beyond geographical boundaries to make kids all over the world happier, healthier and in better relationships.

The inaugural Dubai EdTech Bootcamp is a joint initiative with Austrade, EduGrowth and Dubai Future Accelerators and runs from 2nd-6th March 2019 in Dubai UAE.

About the Program

The format of the program consists of various interactive sessions including workshops, pitching sessions, presentations and networking. The
sessions include:

  • Introduction to UAE business and local culture: understanding the unique cultural and business context in the Middle East
  • Insights into education industry: understanding the UAE innovation eco-system and education market as well as the education regulator
  • Introduction to Dubai Future Foundation, Dubai Future Accelerators, Area2071, GEMSX and KHDA
  • Briefings on setting up a business, business structures and partnership models, financing options, intellectual property protection,
    tendering and contracts.
  • Roundtables with private and public sector customers to understand their needs to refine your approach and message for the UAE market.\
    Video conferences with experts in other Middle Eastern and African markets to learn how to take advantage of regional opportunities.

If you would like to connect withy Quirky Kid and explore opportunities with us for the Middle East, please get in touch. Quirky Kid as recently selected to participate in the India BootCamp organised by the NSW Department of Industry and the School of Social Entrepreneurs.


Quirky Kid @ India

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Quirky Join joins startup SSE India BootCamp

We are proud to announce that Quirky Kid will join 33 other startups on 10-day immersion bootcamp in India’s fast-growing tech startup ecosystem. Quirky Kid, an iAccelerated Company, will demonstrate and pitch our Beta Software, BriteChild as well as our Social and Emotional Education Systems and curriculum, like The Best of Friends Program.

An exciting partnership between the NSW Government and Sydney School of Entrepreneurship (SSE) today announced 33 startup hopefuls from across NSW who will join a 10 day immersion bootcamp in India’s fast-growing tech startup ecosystem.

SSE conducted an eight week talent search for emerging entrepreneurs across the NSW
innovation ecosystem, including its 11 member universities and TAFE NSW, to attract a
diverse mix of startups with a solid pitch, strong IP and a strong fit with the India market.

NSW Minister for Trade and Industry, Niall Blair welcomed the announcement under the Government’s $1.6 million innovation partnership between NSW and India to allow entrepreneurs greater access to markets and knowledge.

“Immersing this diverse group of NSW based startups in the Indian innovation ecosystem is
a sure way to drive innovation and creativity. The exposure and specialist mentoring they’ll receive on scaling a global business makes. The sky the limit for creating high growth companies. These emerging entrepreneurs will learn from India’s best and brightest, gaining direct access to global leaders in innovation who can guide their businesses in dynamic and fast developing technology markets,”

Minister Blair said.

SSE  Education and Training Director, Jonathan Jones sees huge potential for SSE’s next International Bootcamp to the thriving Indian innovation centres of Mumbai, Bengaluru, Pune and Ahmedabad.

“Connecting 33 rising stars with dozens of globally successful Indian startups and multinationals in four global Indian cities is a remarkable opportunity,”

said Mr Jones.

The shortlisted 33 participants will take an SSE Masterclass on doing business in India then
begin the 10-day bootcamp connecting with India’s diverse startup ecosystem The companies will spend 10 days in Mumbai, Ahemdabad, Pune and Bangalore from 27th of January.

Quirky Kid has recently returned from Brazil where our co-founders met with companies interested on our products and service.


Media Wrap Up – Update 2018

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Latest Media Appearances, and Our Recent Interviews and Publications

Kimberley O’Brien and the Quirky Kid team are committed to contributing to various publications and media outlets on topics of interest to parents and families alike.
Please enjoy this resource as an easy access database to all of our recent collaborations, interviews and publications.

July 2018 – October 2018 Update 

Channel Ten News – Lessons for Life on the Changes of the NSW Curriculum on Mental health. Read the story here. 

The Big Smoke – School refusal and the growing condition in our kid. Read the story here. 

The Big Smoke – NSW Education Renewal

ABC Radio – Discussing the importance of healthy father daughter relationships (ABC Radio)

ABC Radio (Perth) – Discussing the impact on children of witnessing the recent violent incident during an AFL football match

Homelife Magazine – Giving Positive Feedback to Children

ABC Online – How to Solve Three Mysteries of Kids’ Behaviour. Read the story here.

The New Daily – Screen-obsessed parents need to check their own habits. Read the story here. 

A Big Peachy Adventure (Podcast) – Kids and Long Term Travel. Listen here. 

The Grace Tales – Talking limits, structure and conflict. Read the interview here. 

Domain Review – Opportunity Beckons (talking reducing stress during HSC).

MamamiaDo Santa Photo’s Need to Stop?

Honey (9Coach)What your screen time is doing to your child


If you have a story and would like to discuss it with us, please contact us to schedule a time. Dr Kimberley O’Brien enjoys sharing the best of her therapeutic moments with the media.


Basecamp @ St Monica’s Primary School – Evatt

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We are excited to welcome St Monica’s Primary School to the Quirky Kid clinic as a program facilitator of our award-winning anxiety Program, Basecamp®. St Monica’s Primary School, located in Evatt, ACT, is just one of the schools we are currently working with to provide Basecamp® to their students.

Basecamp® is an innovative anxiety program designed for children between the ages of 7 to 12. Developed by Clinical Psychologist, Dr Kathryn Berry, and the Quirky Kid team, BaseCamp® draws on decades of experience, combining a sound theoretical cognitive-behavioural approach with effective, engaging and child-centred activities. Winner of multiple International and Australian publishing awards, Basecamp® is being implemented by clinics and schools across Australia to assist children in learning how to manage anxiety.

About St Monica’s Primary School

St Monica’s Primary School is a Catholic learning community for children in grades K-6. At St Monica’s, their mission is to provide strong educational programs to enable children to reach their full potential. We were impressed by their commitment to providing innovative social-emotional learning education, making the most of technology, and looking to provide holistic support for children and their families.

How  Basecamp® will be implemented

Dr Kathryn Berry and our team of psychologists will work carefully with St Monica’s Primary School to implement the Basecamp®  program. Key to the success of the program is ensuring that all facilitators are provided with comprehensive training and guided implementation to their students. Evaluation and monitoring tools will also be used to ensure the outcomes of the program are met and to develop ongoing individual intervention students anxiety.

Interested in offering Basecamp® at your school?

St Monica’s Primary School is one of a number of schools we are currently working with to implement our Basecamp®  program. With St Monica’s and other incredible schools onboard, Basecamp® is recognised as a cost-effective, evidence-based intervention to assist children with managing their anxiety.

We continue to work incredibly hard to produce innovative programs and resources that are tried, tested and loved in classrooms, clinics and lounge rooms around the globe. Just last week Basecamp received a Highly Commended mention at the 2018 Education Publishing Awards.

Contact Us or visit the program website to find out more about the program, and how you can meet and develop the needs of your students through The Basecamp®  program.


Join us for iAccelerate Demo Day 2018!

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iAccelerate Demo Day 2018

We will be part of iAccelerate Demo Day again this year.Come and visit us: all welcome!

Quirky Kid is excited to be taking part in Accelerate Demo Day 2018. A cornerstone event where the community can engage with iAccelerate’s innovative resident companies to learn more about what they are working on.Over 25 current iAccelerate residents will be exhibiting. Further, breakout sessions and tours will run throughout the day.

Quirky Kid and Win News Illawarra.

This is your chance to see the amazing innovations the companies are working on and get to know the residents. Also, it provides us with the opportunity to exhibit to the community, investors, business leaders, media, and the wider start-up community. You can find more info about the exhibitors and program here.

iAccelerate Demo Day 2018! - Join us

Demo Day is a great opportunity for you to engage with Quirky Kid. Come and learn more about our current evidence-based projects for children and their families. Furthermore, you will be able to hear from other innovative iAccelerate residents. 

Join us at iAccelerate Centre – Innovation Campus, North Wollongong – on Friday 9th November. In addition, we will be talking all things Social Emotional Learning during our breakout sessions at 12.30pm

Importantly, the event is free and open to everyone, but registration via Eventbrite is recommended

We hope to see you there next week!