We were thrilled to have been accepted to the AlPHA program at the 2018 RISE Conference held in Hong KongWe had a great time meeting, learning, and collaborating with our colleagues!
We were also selected to be involved in PITCH, a live event at the conference in front of thousands of attendees where we presented our innovative ideas about how to help parents access affordable, evidenced-based information about their child.
To participate as an exhibiting StartUp company you need to receive a high score based on the following criteria:
Our Growth potential They look at our competitors and how our sector can grow locally and Overseas.
Our Impact How relevant our product is for the community and if we have any pro-active ideas.
Product and team They check our idea and team
Pitch quality And how well we are likely to pitch.
Cool factor How likely are we to disrupt.
Once all is done the startups are given an overall score out of 25, which is used to work out if each company is in a position get the most out of the conference. All the best startups from over 18 different industries were invited to exhibit RISE. Quirky Kid were joined by 3 other companies from The ‘iAccelerate’ incubator in Wollongong.
RISE is a conference celebrating almost 600 innovative Start Ups from over 90 countries. Over 15,000 people attended the event, making it the largest tech conference in Asia. With leading tech giants presenting at the event, including Microsoft, Google and Amazon, we enjoyed learning about all things tech and innovation.
Why were we at the Start-Up Conference?
Quirky Kid and our new technology company, Rocketeer, attended the event to showcase our products and latest innovation, a software application that enables parents and professionals to access reliable expert advice and evidence-based information about concerns relating to the mental health of children and young people.
We also create evidence programs, used by many educational institutions. We are working to get these programs available online and will keep you updated about this.
This year Quirky Kid is a proud sponsor of the College of Educational & Developmental Psychologists 2017 Conference being held in Brisbane next month.This year theme is ‘live well, learn well… throughout life’. The conference brings together researchers and practitioners in the field of Educational and Developmental Psychology to reflect on the contribution of theory and research to practice.
The conference will feature presentations from renowned Australian and international experts on five conference streams:
Early childhood and early intervention
Mental health across the lifespan
The 2017 program includes an exciting combination of keynote addresses and presentations, networking opportunities and workshops.
The conference is open to all psychologists whether practitioners, educators, researchers or clinicians from all states and territories of Australia as well as interested international participants. Members are also keen to invite others interested in educational and developmental psychology to expand the depth and breadth of interaction around these extremely important professional skills and knowledge.
Conference attendees will get the opportunity to hear from high profile presenters and internationally recognised keynote speakers including:
Professor David Kavanagh
Dr Doug Shelton
Dr Anne Chalfant
Dr Caroline Bowen
Dr Leander Mitchell
Professor Bob Knight
Dr Suzanne Vassallo
Dr Annabel Battersby
Where you’ll find us:
Quirky Kid will have it’s very own display stand featuring all of our most popular programs and products such as The Best of Friends ®, Power Up! and many more! We will be around to talk to other conference attendees so come by and say hello!
Where and when:
Conference: Friday 7th of July, 2017 Venue: Rydges, Southbank 9 Glenelg St, South Brisbane QLD 4101
It was really exciting to represent Quirky Kid at the Positive Schools 2016 Mental Health and Wellbeing Conference in Singapore last month. The Conference aims to provide solution focused ideas and strategies for nurturing wellbeing, positive mental health and a love of learning and life in young people.
There were several presentations over the two days and some hands-on workshops like an inspiring presentation by Dr David Bennett who spoke about nurturing resilience and wellbeing in children. He explored some links between brain science, development and behaviour, and the implications for wellbeing. Next, a particularly impactful presentation was by Thea O’Conner, who spoke about reshaping body image. Thea explained that adults’ own negative feelings about their own body image (and the widespread population ideals about body image) can heavily influence children’s way of thinking. This drew attention to the importance of changing societies views of this topic to ensure better outcomes for our children.
The end of Day One brought an insightful presentation by Professor Donna Cross about bullying prevention. Donna shared some of her own research on successful ways to reduce bullying behaviour experienced by children. She explained her thoughts on the fact that we often focus on individual intervention for children involved in bullying situations, and suggested that we should instead be focusing on changing the culture in schools to make bullying an unacceptable action by everyone’s standards. It seems that this strategy could have the most positive outcome overall. The positive energy, and view for new ways of tackling different problems, was evident at the end of the first day, and the anticipation for Day Two was felt.
Day Two started off with a fun and uplifting presentation by Justin Robinson from Geelong Grammar School, who spoke about the importance of building positive relationships with school-aged children. Justin suggested that the simple act of a teacher going to the effort of remembering each child’s name and something specific about them, and having real a conversation with them, can make a massive difference to that child’s experience at school. This was followed by Janet Etty-Leal who explained why mindfulness can be a really great addition to school routines. Giving children the opportunity to practice mindfulness in schools has been shown to not only have a positive effect on the children’s wellbeing but has also tackled some issues such as disruptive behaviour and teachers having to discipline children for “bad behaviour”.
The conference was a great event for Quirky Kid to be involved in and was very much in line with our vision for positive futures. It was exciting to bring The Best of Friends program to more and more schools, and we can’t wait for the next conference opportunity!
You can find information on the conference and all of the speakers here.
The Quirky Kid team is heading to Canada in February 2015. We will be presenting during British Colombia Alternative Education Program (BCAEA) conference. The British Columbia Alternate Education Association is a Provincial Specialist Association (PSA) of the BC Teacher’s Federation.
Alternate (or Alternative) Education programs exist in many varieties. At its simplest, Alternate Education attempts to help at-risk youth, who, because of a variety of factors, are unsuccessful in the main stream. Problems experienced by these students may include a wide range of social and emotional difficulties, drug issues, trouble with the law, teenage parenthood, and a whole host of others. What these students share in common is an inability to progress satisfactorily in the regular system.
Between 16 and 18 of February 2015 we will also facilitate several workshops with the support of Richmond Addiction Services, our partier organisation in Canada responsible to promoting and reselling our programs in Canada and USA. Dates and locations will soon be advertised. You can now register for:
Kimberley O’Brien, our principal child psychologist, and Quirky Kid are proud to be invited to present during the 2012 Educador Congress.
The congress is the largest education event in Latin America and will gather more than 100 speakers to discuss the issue “Family, Society and School: where do we want to go?” Our theme will be: Practical Strategies for social, emotional and behaviour issues for children and adolescents, or in Portuguese: ‘Estratégias Práticas para solução de problemas sociais, emocionais e comportamentais em crianças e adolescentes’.
The event Combines different issues related to the educational universe such as Teacher Education, Childhood Education and the Early Years, Learning Difficulties and Interdisciplinary Education, Bullying, Limits and others.
Quirky Kid publishing will also showcase our resources to the local industry including our newts program. Power Up:Using performance psychology to compete at your best.