I believe that many of the world’s best products are born when people create something that they want or need for themselves.
This is certainly the case with my story. 5 years ago, I was at a shopping mall in Norway, with my then 3-year old son, Filip. The mall was crowded and Filip wandered off on his own path for a moment when I wasn’t looking. We were separated for 30 minutes. It doesn’t sound like long, but any parent will know that it felt like a lifetime.

The following day I looked to buy a product that I could give to Filip in case we were separated again, but I was surprised to see that the only products in existence were GPS trackers and regular mobile phones. GPS trackers don’t work well indoors at all, and mobile phones were too complicated for a child Filip’s age.

After a year of research and hearing from other parents about how they would like to have a product like this, I decided that it was something people needed. So I set out to create a new type of product that would keep parents and their children in touch, but beyond that, help parents give their kids the freedom they need to explore, discover and just be kids. As I worked to make the idea a reality, an amazing group of people assembled as our core team.

5 years later, Filip is the world’s first smart locator and phone for kids – named after my son Filip, who inspired this amazing journey. Needless to say, Filip now wears his own ‘Filip’, which he is quite proud of.

Sten Kirkbak
Founder, FiLIP Technologies

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