Quirky Kid will be in Bologna from 1st to 4th April for the annual Bologna Children’s Book Fair. As the world’s largest trade fair for children’s literature and creative content, Bologna brings together leading International authors, illustrators, publishers and agencies from over 100 countries! A platform for both traditional and digital media, the fair is a global epicentre for discussion on trends, innovative ideas and new perspectives in children’s publishing.
Continuing our success on the international stage from three previous Bologna Book Fairs, the Chinese Children’s Book Fair, the London Book Fair, and the Frankfurt Book Fair, we are excited to share our award-winning books with different audiences and perhaps even discover some unique new additions to the Quirky Kid resource collection.
This year we will, of course, be taking our entire stable of our Quirky Kid publications on the road, but we will be showcasing two very special products in particular: Basecamp® and BriteChild®.
Basecamp® is our latest publication to become an award-winner, now we can’t wait to take it on tour and show the world why! An innovative cognitive-behavioural program, developed for managing anxiety, it is a unique, interactive and customisable tool, disguised in the familiar form of an illustrated book. BaseCamp® won “Best Designed Educational Book” at the 2018 Australian Book Design Awards, it won the “Educational Initiative Award – International Excellence” at the 2018 London Book Fair and was shortlisted for the “Educational Resource Award – International Excellence,” also at the 2018 London Book Fair. While we’re pleased-as-punch to receive this recognition for BaseCamp®, we’re not really altogether surprised. Our most important judges have been giving it the “thumbs-up” for a while already!
BriteChild® is our latest initiative and one for mums, dads and big people in the lives of little folks. Not a traditional children’s book, BriteChild® is a digital application, which connects parents and organisations to children’s development specialists, to address a broad range of challenges. BriteChild® is our first, truly digital innovation and we couldn’t be more pleased with what we’ve developed. We’re feeling quietly confident grown-ups around the world will be singing our praises soon too!
Bologna is a fantastic opportunity to spread the word for our evidence-based therapeutic tools to a global audience. As in past years, we also expect The Best of Friends® and PowerUp™ (more of our award-winning books) will continue to be really well-received too.
Quirky Kid has a few new resources under development and we are keen to create a big impact on the Social, Emotional and Educational sector. You can find out more about The Quirky Kid Resources on our website or at our publishing page.
When in Rome… well, Bologna anyway!
This year you will find Quirky Kid in Bologna at Stall Hall 25, Stand B6 at the Children’s Book Fair. Why not come and say “Bonjourno!”.
Take a peek!
To see the full range of Quirky Kid publishing products, have a browse around our catalogue at: https://www.publishers.asn.au/documents/item/670 and https://therapeuticresources.com.au/collections/by-quirky-kid
We will be sharing our time at the fair on our social feeds including Facebook, and Twitter, so be sure to follow us on our adventure!
We are excited to welcome Valli Jones to Quirky Kid clinic as a program facilitator of our award-winning anxiety Program, Basecamp®. Already a facilitator of our Social Emotional Learning Program, Best of Friends, we are looking forward to working with Valli Jones to provide Basecamp® to their clients.
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 Valli Jones
Valli Jones is a Gold Coast-based psychologist with a special interest in child and adolescent psychology. Working from a holistic, person-centred perspective, Valli uses evidenced-based methods to assess and treat a range of common behavioural and mental health concerns. Valli holds a Master of Clinical Psychology, is registered with the Australian Health Practitioner Regulation Agency, and is a member of the Australian Psychological Society.
How Basecamp® will be implemented
Dr Kathryn Berry and our team of psychologists will work carefully with Valli Jones 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?
Valli Jones 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.
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 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.
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.
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.