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Wearable technology is one of the fastest growing and hottest markets today. Our company is designing the next generation of wearable technology for children (between the ages of 18 months and 7 years old). Our KiBand is a proximity wristband that connects to a parent’s smartphone to keep their children safe and close.

Designing wearable technology for children can be very difficult for a number of reasons. Children are the consumer and the user; however, parents are the purchaser as well as a user. Great design would incorporate what the parent thinks the child wants as well as what the child would enjoy wearing.

Additionally, children are less careful with their possessions, which requires a design able to sustain increased wear and tear.



Please submit the following:

1) Propose Either:

The overall look and feel for a device a child would want to wear on their wrist. Think sleek, tech, child friendly. If the I-Phone 5 built a time machine and traveled to the future and fell in love with the I-Phone 10 and they had a baby, that's what we're talking about. Remember the housing specifications.


Propose a locking mechanism for the wristband that can only be removed by the parent. Include component specification or references where appropriate.

3) Explain the user experience for the parent. How does your solution keep children from unlocking the wristband? or overcome the child's objection to wearing the device? How does your design inspire feelings of safety and confidence in the parent/buyer?

4) Attach an artistic rendering (sketch, mockup, CAD, design, etc.) of your solutions.


1) Consider a sizable device that can grow with the child (~4.5” inches in Circumference up to ~7” inches)

2) The device should house an electronics module 0.75”x0.75”x0.5 (also in inches)

3) The design should be both creative yet comfortable for children to wear.

Additional Award:

The winning designer will be considered for a chance to work with the founding team to develop their idea further

    Submissions will be graded on the following criteria:
  • Meets Deliverables
  • Creativity
  • Clarity
Reward Tiers
5 Winners
will receive $150 each
8 Honorable Mentions
will receive $50 each
$150.00 S Iowa State University of Science and Technology
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$150.00 D George Washington University
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$50.00 Square pic 60 imgcog neuro1.960.360.c Duke University
$50.00 J University of Minnesota
$50.00 O Swarthmore College
$50.00 A Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology
$50.00 K Purdue University
$50.00 Square pic 60 img 2807 University of California at Davis
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