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Quirky Kid and University of Wollongong Collaboration Launch

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The Best of Friends® Industry Research Collaboration

The Quirky Kid® Clinic’s collaboration with the University of Wollongong provided the evidence base to scale the innovative The Best of Friends® program

The Quirky Kid Team and The University of Wollongong’s Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Research and Innovation), Professor Jennifer Martin would like to invite you to a presentation of the industry research collaboration between Quirky Kid® and the University of Wollongong (UOW) on The Best of Friends® program.

This event will provide you with an expanding small business’s perspective on collaborating with a university as an effective innovation pathway. You will learn how Quirky Kid leveraged their innovation spend through various programs – including Tech Vouchers, Internships and UOW’s incubator iAccelerate – to maximise impact.

The Best of Friends® program was developed in response to increasing demand from schools to address the social and emotional learning (SEL) challenges that children experience, and to offer them the academic and social benefits that SEL provides.

The research conducted by Quirky Kid® and the University of Wollongong added to the growing evidence of the efficacy of The Best of Friends® program, which Quirky Kid®  was then able to use to scale their product so their expertise could benefit kids in schools not only across Australia but around the world.

Representatives from Quirky Kid, the University of Wollongong, and NSW Government’s Boosting Business Innovation Programs will be on hand to answer your questions and get you started on your own innovation journey.

Friday 9 August, 9:30am-12:00pm
Level 49, MLC Centre  (19 Martin Place, Sydney)

9:30-10:00am Showcase demonstrations and networking
10:00-11:15am –  Presentation and Q&A:

  • Innovation in Social Emotional Learning – Dr. Kimberley O’Brien (Quirky Kid)
  • Collaborating with UOW –  Zahra Shahbazian, Industry Research Manager (UOW)
  • Leveraging your innovation spend  –  Leo Rocker (Quirky Kid)

11:15am-12:00pm: Networking and light refreshments



About Quirky Kid

We’re one of Australia’s leading Child, Adolescent and Family Psychology Clinics and passionately committed to providing clients with the highest standard of service delivery. Quirky Kid is a member of the University of Wollongong business incubator program, ‘iAccelerate’. We operate clinical spaces in Sydney and Austinmer with a new clinic opening soon in Canberra.

You may also know of Quirky Kid as an award-winning publisher of unique therapeutic resources for young people and families. These include Face it cards, Tell Me A Story cards and the popular programs, Power Up™, The Best of Friends® and BaseCamp which are used in schools around Australia and overseas.

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006: How to Stimulate a Young Inventor with Angelina Arora

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For the sixth episode of Impressive, a young scientist by the name of Angelina Arora, the inventor of bioplastic, tells the story behind her interesting work and how it has been taking her to greater heights. Also, she shares the insights that she gained while on her journey towards success.

Listen up as we explore:

  • How Angelina’s parents supported her passion for science and inventing.
  • How to seek out a support network of teachers, professors and mentors to make your dreams a reality.
  • How to find friends who are equally passionate about their own endeavours, while balancing schoolwork with international research.

Enjoy the Episode

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Join Dr Kimberley O’Brien on the Impressive Facebook Group to receive news, share your opinion and learn about resources for home and school. You can also Join the Mail List.

About Impressive

Impressive is a weekly podcast that sheds a new light on the world of parenting. Join host, Dr Kimberley O’Brien PhD, as she delves into real-life parenting issues with CEOs, global ex-pats, entrepreneurs, celebrities, travellers and other hand-picked parents.

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005: Berlin Playgrounds & Family Adventures with Rachel from Racket Design Studio

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Welcome to the fifth episode of the Impressive podcast. Rachel Peachy, a design expert, entrepreneur, and co-owner of Racket Design Studio is here to share how it is like travelling with her partner, Paul Mosig, and their two kids while working on projects exploring playground culture and organising exhibitions for their work. Enjoy:

  • How to seek out family-friendly international gigs;
  • The pros and cons of hiring a babysitter while working abroad
  • A three-month stint of homeschooling away from home base

Enjoy the Episode

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Keep updated with The Impressive Podcast

Join Dr Kimberley O’Brien on the Impressive Facebook Group to receive news, share your opinion and learn about resources for home and school. You can also Join the Mail List.

About Impressive

Impressive is a weekly podcast that sheds a new light on the world of parenting. Join host, Dr Kimberley O’Brien PhD, as she delves into real-life parenting issues with CEOs, global ex-pats, entrepreneurs, celebrities, travellers and other hand-picked parents.

In an approachable on-air consultation style, she listens to some of the smartest, kindest parents share their latest parenting challenge with their incredible kids. Together they brainstorm solutions and Kimberley offer handy tips and valuable resources to help bring out the best in toddlers, teens and in-betweens. Drawing mostly on two decades of experience as a child psychologist, Kimberley also shares her personal insights as a mother of two and entrepreneur with a passion for problem-solving.

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004: [On-Air Consult] Parenting with Patience Across Two Homes with Amanda Berlin

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Welcome to the fourth episode of Impressive. Doctor Kimberley chats with Amanda Berlin, a former corporate publicity strategist and currently helps business owners with her expertise on PR. In this on-air consultation, Amanda seeks advice on how to deal with the frustrations when her five-year-old daughter is having a meltdown when trying to learn new things. Enjoy:

  • Learning patience while encouraging kids
  • How co-parenting works in separate households
  • Decisions of a new mom when finding the business suitable for starting a new chapter in her life

Enjoy the Episode

Recommended Resources

Keep updated with The Impressive Podcast

Join Dr Kimberley O’Brien on the Impressive Facebook Group to receive news, share your opinion and learn about resources for home and school. You can also Join the Mail List.

About Impressive

Impressive is a weekly podcast that sheds a new light on the world of parenting. Join host, Dr Kimberley O’Brien PhD, as she delves into real-life parenting issues with CEOs, global ex-pats, entrepreneurs, celebrities, travellers and other hand-picked parents.

In an approachable on-air consultation style, she listens to some of the smartest, kindest parents share theit latest parenting challenge with their incredible kids. Together they brainstorm solutions and Kimberley offer handy tips and valuable resources to help bring out the best in toddlers, teens and in-betweens. Drawing mostly on two decades of experience as a child psychologist, Kimberley also shares her personal insights as mother of two and entrepreneur with a passion for problem-solving.

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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.

Pitching

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.

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