KANSAS CITY, Mo -- Fourth of July is all about celebrating our country's freedom, and it's also a time for celebrating with family and friends. But even when you can't be with them, technology can still help bring you together. But one native Kansas City entrepreneur wanted to take that idea of "connectivity" to the next level.
Christine Egy Rose grew up in Kansas City. She lives in California now, but she didn't want her daughter to grow up feeling like her grandparents and cousins here in the midwest were strangers.
"My cousins, my sister and I are all spread out across the country and we really wanted our kids to have the type of childhood I had and we tried to figure out how that would happen," says Rose.
Phone conversations and video chatting seemed to fall short. They wanted something that could build relationships and fun memories. Then Rose had a light-bulb moment. She, along with three other moms with small kids, came up with Scoot and Doodle. It's an application on Google Hangout. It's like video chatting, but it's also interactive. You can draw together, work on homework problems, or play games. Rose says adults even use it to brainstorm with co-workers in different parts of the country, or old college friends who use it to play Pictionary.
"Seeing how people come together and use it in ways we never imagined has been amazing and fascinating," she says.
And it all started as an idea to keep families close even when they can't be together.
"Because they're with their grandparents and aunts and uncles a lot on Scoot and Doodle, they build a relationship so when we see them a couple times a year they're thrilled to see them, instead of feeling like who is this stranger?" says Rose, "for the kids it's a great memory and solidifies the bond that they have."
To find out more about Scoot and Doodle, click here.