UK’s top rated kids’ wearable needs your help.

by Colleen Wong in Teddington, England, United Kingdom

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This project will only be funded if at least £20,000 is pledged by 3rd June 2020 at 2:46pm

My Gator Watch started in a kitchen by a mum of 2 and has become one of the leading wearables for children in the UK. We need your support.

by Colleen Wong in Teddington, England, United Kingdom

I had the idea for My Gator Watch almost 5 years ago when I was with my 2 babies (then aged 16 months and 4 months). I saw a fellow mum running around looking for her lost young child at Bockett's Farm and thought ‘how can we be more connected to our younger children without giving them a smartphone?.’ A few weeks later, Techsixtyfour was born.

My Gator Watch is a mobile phone and GPS/WIFI tracker initially made for children between the ages of 5-11. 

My Gator Watch was specifically designed not to have access to the Internet, social media or games. We want to encourage our young children to be outdoors and active! The watch is designed to offer peace of mind to parents who have a child too young for a smartphone but old enough to want some independence.

We are the highest rated wearable phone for children in the UK. Please read our reviews on Amazon

We are the ONLY small business in the wearables space for children and competing against the big guys like Vodafone but have been growing every year since we started 5 years ago. 

60% of our business come from referrals. 

My Gator Watch is pre-installed with our sim, mic and speaker and can be used almost anywhere in the world. Our battery lasts 4 days on standby which is one of the longest on the market and the watch is splashproof. Our sim is unique in that it connects to multiple networks in the UK and EU. In the UK it connects to ALL of Vodafone, O2 and EE, making it much more reliable. Please see our website for full details of our service plans. 

Security is our top priority and we work closely with a London cyber security firm to review our systems monthly and also run a deep dive penetration test annually. 

Late last year, I put together a world class team to build a wearable for the ageing and dementia market. Hundreds of customers were buying My Gator Watch for their elderly family members along with 4 London Councils so we decided we would build a new wearable just for this market. We have focused on making it extremely simple, useful and affordable and based solely on our customer and potential customer feedback. Due to Covid-19, our project has been delayed. 

Supporting our Pay It Forward Crowdfunder campaign will help My Gator Watch:  

  • Offer our much needed wearable phone to the elderly who are in self-isolation and living alone. Your donation will allow us to offer our wearable phone free to councils who look after the elderly and vulnerable. 
  • Save our business. We have spent the last 5 years building a business and product that solves a major problem. We have thousands of customers who need us to be here when this crisis is over. 
  • Save jobs. Half our team are furloughed with the skeleton staff now taking 50% pay cuts. We want to bring our amazing team back. We all worked flexibly before Covid-19 and want to show the world that working flexibly - WORKS.

Buying our product now at £59 instead of our regular retail price of £99 is a great opportunity to get My Gator Watch now as a gift for when our lockdown measures are eased or when it is time for back to school. It is a great Christmas present and £59 beats any price we have ever offered on Black Friday or Christmas. (Sorry, I know it is a bit early for the C word but as we are all losing concept of days and months, I thought I would throw it out there!) 

For one of our rewards, we are also supporting one of our favourite tech startups, MAMA.codes. Founded by Liane, also a mum of 2, MAMA.codes offers fun online coding classes to 3-11 year olds which is a great way to get the little ones into STEM learning. Both my kids code with MAMA.codes and love the classes!

I am a Sky Women in Tech Scholar and work closely with the amazing Sky Scholarships Team to help bring our new wearable to the ageing market. Our product won the AXA Staying Independent Health Challenge in 2018 which was a Europe wide competition to find the best wearable for the ageing market.

In 2019, I was named by FT as one of the top 100 BAME leaders in Tech. I am a big supporter of Small Business Britain as one of their small business Heroes in the UK. 

Before Covid, I had a team of 13 flexible working staff, most of whom are mums and dads of young children. I strongly believe in the flexible work culture because so many mums and dads want to put their children first but can’t or feel guilty doing it. At My Gator Watch, we must put their family and health BEFORE work and the productivity is the best I have ever seen. I hope to build the first technology brand which hires only flexible working staff.

I speak regularly on panels in UK and Europe on topics of women in technology, building a hardware startup, diversity and inclusion and cyber security for IoT.

Thank you all for your support. I hope you and your families are safe and well and I am confident we will get through this together. 

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Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£59 or more

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My Gator Watch in any colour (Pink, Blue, Black)

Pledge £59 today and we'll reward you with a My Gator Watch in Pink, Blue or Black. Our retail price is £99 available on our website and on Amazon. This is the best price found anywhere. Please note that our multi-network service plans (We use Vodafone, O2 and EE) are not included. Please see our website at www.mygatorwatch.com for details. This is for UK customers ONLY. This is the perfect gift for Back to School or Christmas this year!

£10 or more

£10 donation

Spare us a tenner to help us donate My Gator Watches to councils who look after the elderly and vulnerable. For every £50 donated, we will give one My Gator Watch to a council in London which then directly goes to an end user who is elderly or vulnerable.

£25 or more

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Want to start a business but unsure? Ask Colleen.

For £25, you will have a 30 mins call with our founder Colleen. If you are thinking about starting a new business, thinking about how to juggle babies and a new business and all aspects of starting and running a tech or non tech business, please pledge. She will share her experiences and offer advice. For every £50 donated (2 calls), we will give one My Gator Watch to a council in London who will distribute to someone elderly or vulnerable.

£50 or more

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£50 donation

Pledge £50 today to help us donate ONE My Gator Watch to councils who look after the elderly and vulnerable. We will let you know which council your donation will go to! We really are in this together.

£99 or more

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Tech for kids package

For your generous donation, you will receive ONE My Gator Watch in any colour AND 2 online coding classes for 3-11 year olds from award-winning MAMA.codes (www.mama.codes) plus 1 month free family access to their brand new kids’ STEAM club LOOPAROO. (total value £159). You will be supporting 2 UK tech businesses started by mums and encouraging kids to study STEM and be active outdoors! Please note that Gator service plans are not included.

£139 or more

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My Gator Watch in any colour + one year service

Pledge £139 today and we'll reward you with a My Gator Watch in Pink, Blue or Black AND one year service. Our retail price for our watch and 1 year of service is £207 so you save £68! Please note that service included here does NOT include roaming calls and data outside the EU. Calls are limited to 60 minutes outgoing per month. Don't worry...kids rarely want to talk more than 60 mins. UK delivery ONLY. Perfect for Back to School and Xmas!

£250 or more

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Family bundle

Pledge £250 today and we'll reward you with TWO My Gator Watches in any colour AND one year service. Our retail price for one watch and 1 year of service is £207 so you save £164! Please note that service included here does NOT include roaming calls and data outside the EU. Calls are limited to 60 minutes outgoing per month. Don't worry...kids rarely want to talk more than 60 mins. UK delivery ONLY.

£500 or more

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Help us build our new wearable for the elderly

We need funding to build a prototype for a new wearable for the ageing and dementia market. We are currently seeking grant funding but the process is extremely slow and we are ready to build. We are focused on simplicity, affordability, security and long battery life. Most products are expensive and have too many features which this market does not need or want. You will be one of the first recipients of the new wearable when it comes to market.

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