Young Minds Smarter Backpack
Young Minds Smarter Backpack

This project has already launched.

The Smarter Backpack is the ideal backpack for busy travelers, hikers, students, and business people.

The main features of the Smarter Backpack are:

  • It contains a USB port to charge your portable electronics while on the go.  The internal battery is charged via a solar cell.
  • For the frequent traveler, a zipper tampering alarm that can be enabled while on busy environments.
  • Advises you to take care of your back if it detects the backpack has gone over the desired weight.
  • Notifies you via the phone app if you get too far from your backpack.
  • Shows you the last known location in case you forgot where you left it.
  • Helps you plan for the day and reminds you of the items that you need to add to your backpack.
  • Waterproof.

Here is a fun video that highlights some of the features of the backpack:

 

YOUNG MINDS CORPORATION IS AN ORGANIZATION WITH THE GOAL TO IMPROVE THE EDUCATION AND QUALITY OF LIFE OF THE MEMBERS OF OUR COMMUNITY.  We do this by engaging our children in activities that prepare them for their life ahead. The Smarter Backpack is the organization's first project with the goal to raise funds to start operations.

 

What Are Our Goals?

We are a group of people that want to make the world a better place!  We believe that providing the right education and opportunities to our children will help us achieve this goal.

In the Young Minds organization, kids in high school, participate in projects that provide innovative products and solutions.  And yes, they get paid for their work.

Kids will be guided by experienced professionals while working on these projects, learning about marketing, product development, manufacturing, and selling, among other things.

At the same time, for the kids that are interested in entrepreneurship, the organization guides them and helps them get started. 

The organization focuses on developing products that provide unique and fun solutions to keep the kids engaged in the projects.  These products carry the Young Minds brand.

The projects are discussed and chosen involving everyone working in the organization, which includes the kids; learning about responsibility is one of the goals, and the kids' opinions matter as much as the ones coming from the adults in the organization.

We believe the experiences the kids get from working here give them the tools necessary to succeed and help make the world a better place.

 

What We Need & What You Get

We need money, obviously, to fund this first project, which at the same time will fund the initial efforts to start operations.  We need to find a location, which will be the organization's place of business, and money to furnish, buy computers and rent the space.

From there we will continue to work on new projects just as any other company.

We will be updating this page to show the design progress; what you see in the video is an early prototype.

The main features of the Smarter Backpack are:

  • It contains a USB port to charge your portable electronics while on the go.  The internal battery is charged via a solar cell.
  • For the frequent traveler, a zipper tampering alarm that can be enabled while on busy environments.
  • Advises you to take care of your back if it detects the backpack has gone over the desired weight.
  • Notifies you via the phone app if you get too far from your backpack.
  • Shows you the last known location in case you forgot where you left it.
  • Helps you plan for the day and reminds you of the items that you need to add to your backpack.
  • Waterproof.

The full featured version contains all these features.  Backpack versions with some of these features, or none, are also available.  All backpack versions feature the Young Minds branding.

Visit the Updates section regularly to see our progress.  We will be updating you on how the development is coming along, the design of the backpack's looks, and anything else worth mentioning.

 

The Impact

As we said, we believe that educating, and providing opportunities to our kids to be successful, is the best way to make this world a better place.

Your contribution will help us provide the education and opportunities to the kids.  We are starting in the Dallas suburb of McKinney, but with hard work, we hope to start operations in many other cities, hopefully not only in the US, but around the world as well, in the not too distant future.  If you are interested in being part of this effort let us know.

At the same time, we will give back to our community in other ways, such as charity donations to people in need, volunteering our time, and any other way in which we can help.  We believe doing good is the only way to be happy and successful in life.

We are professionals with many years of experience working for big and small companies, with different levels of academic education, and in different areas.  Together we speak several different languages, and have lived in, and traveled to many places around the world.

 

Risks & Challenges

The risks associated with this first project are no different than the development of any other product, we need to find the right suppliers and manufacturing partners to deliver a high quality product, and on time.

The biggest risks are:

  • Incurring higher than expected costs to manufacture the Smarter Backpack, a risk every company experiences.
  • Missing a promised deadline to our backers, but we will always work hard to make it right.

 

Other Ways You Can Help

If you can contribute to this project to get a Smarter Backpack (or two... actually the more you buy the better), we thank you from the bottom of our hearts!  You are helping a great cause.

If what we are asking for the Smarter Backpack is too much for you, go ahead and donate a dollar (or two...), or you can also donate a different way; directly to our non-profit organization, for which we have a separate campaign, just look for "Hearts of Young Minds" and you can donate any money amount to help with our efforts, or contact us to donate anything other than money; have computers in good working conditions that you no longer need?  Own a building that you don't use?  We can use it!!!

If you don't find the campaign for Hearts of Young Minds, please come back in a couple of days to look for it, we might be still busy adding the details to it.

Thanks for contributing to our cause.

- The board of Young Minds (Art, Sachiko and Javier, for now... we are looking for good people that want to make a difference to join our team).

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