16th
January
2013

Stimulate your child’s artistic talent with the coolest prize

At AppBach we are proudly building Apps for your kids that will give them the best possible start in life. It’s all about encouraging that natural talent to the max. If you have a child that loves to draw, let us help you provide some added stimulation. We are building loads of Apps to accompany our literacy and creative programs and need a constant stream of designs, drawings and ideas. If you would like to submit a piece of art by your child we will put it into the monthly draw. On announcing the winner, the design will be included in a new App and/or be part of the ShineCreative App gallery for every child to play with. This example came from Iva (5) in Malaysia and will be in the Sounds like Fun App to be released early February. We want this to be a really fun thing for you and your kids to be involved in but have to put a few rules. 

Iva's Fairy will be starring in Sounds like Fun

Our T&Cs are simple:

1) AppBach Ltd trusts you to be responsible for the art being sent and is not responsible for you submitting the art of others in your name or that of your child,

2) You cede to AppBach Ltd all and every conceivable right to utilize the artwork in any manner without any recompense, monetary or otherwise, 

3) You understand that all designs are welcome but special attention will be paid to those that are original or have interesting features and abilities that can be utilized for fun (given the age range and positive environment trying to be created, those creatures that show an impressive ability for mass slaughter are not likely to be considered seriously),

4) The final decision as to which piece of Art is chosen for inclusion in an App will be made by AppBach Ltd only,

5) We do not guarantee that submission of your art will result in it’s inclusion in an App nor that it is shown publicly but will try.

If you would like to participate, please send your art to kidsart@appbach.com. You may enter as many times as you like and from time to time we will post a list of desired objects that we may require for a particular App. These objects should only act as a guideline as in ALL cases originality is key. Looking forward to seeing your art. Good luck! 

 

 

7th
January
2013

Roger guests with Asha Gill on Malaysia’s Capitalfm

I had the pleasure of being invited onto Asha’s mid-morning show Eat Love Play whilst in Malaysia. Unfortunately, the session was not recorded as we covered a number of interesting themes including the importance of having native English speakers in kindergarten schools, the power that Mothers have in shaping their childrens education and how the Word Detective series is improving results in schools around the world. We finished by talking about how small the world it and get this, Asha and I were born in the same hospital, same year and had never met until the radio show. Amazing, no?

7th
January
2013

Shine to undergo changes

In response to feedback and to streamline our offering we will be making changes to Shine in the New Year. It is our intention to develop a sharing option for your photos whilst improving the speed with which it operates on the Playbook. The animated images will be removed and included in our new product offering ShineCreative and will continue to be free.

7th
January
2013

AppBach accompanies Joy Allcock at the Frankfurt Bookfair

New Zealand was this year’s Country of Honour at the Frankfurt Bookfair and we were invited to join other publishers in making it a memorable occurance. From the traditional welcome Haka in the Pavillion to the infamous cocktail party in the stands we certainly left our mark. It was a nice moment when New Zealand’s deputy Prime Minister, Bill English came to talk to us but my personal favourite was the winning entrant of the Grimm’s fairytale competition. The guideline was to write a modern day fairytale in the style of the Grimm brothers to celebrate their 200th Anniversary. The winning entrant finished “….and they didn’t live happily ever after. But they tried their best!” Priceless!

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