Bright Little Labs

Bright Little Labs is building a kids’ media giant for the 21st century. We make interactive stories to promote critical thinking, computer science, toilet humour and equality for ALL kids aged 5+.

Voted 'Top coding toy for kids' by the Independent (2017) and the Evening Standard (2018)

We're active in over 30 countries, have Cabinet Office backing, and just launched internet safety resources in 22,000 schools.

We're widely recognised for our story-led approach to 21st century skills.

Our team has also won awards for being really, really tall (when combined) and for our ability to count to an extremely high number (too big to mention).

Our story
so far...
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Sophie had a dream about DD


[14th April 2014]

Sophie couldn’t sleep and made the whole thing up...

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Detective Dot was launched


[January 2016]

With her friends and family, Sophie launched Detective Dot on Kickstarter with pre-orders from over 30 countries, and coverage in the Guardian, the Himalayan Times, and more.

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Bright Little Labs was registered


[January 2016]

She registered as a company (Bright Little Labs!) and got really grown-up about it and partnered with tech-for-good accelerator Bethnal Green Ventures!

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Detective Dot was released


[November 2016]

After tons of story versions, cups of tea, and near disasters, the Detective Dot adventure book was released (wohoo!)

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We partnered with Turner


[June 2018]

We partnered with Turner (who own Cartoon Network!) so we’re now making cartoons and games.

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Soon-to-be announced publisher


[November 2019]

We’ll be releasing the first of three new books with a soon-to-be announced publisher, and this will be a smooth and easy process. Everything will go to plan. Cartoons too.

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TBC


[Today]

Time-bending-spy-gadgets and self-driving-otters release.

 

Our Mission

In cartoons and stories today, 0% of princesses code, men are twice as likely to take the lead, under 3% of characters are BAME, and Batman doesn’t recycle. We want this to change.

Kids join the CIA and become experts in spotting fake news, hacking enemy gadgets, protecting their identity online and using hi-tech spy equipment (selfie-sticks that release megafarts). Digital literacy has become just as important as reading and writing.

Our flagship story is about Detective Dot, a British-Indian tech whizz on a dangerous mission from the Children's Intelligence Agency (shhhh). The story gives children an inspiring role model, who loves coding, critical thinking, and farting selfie sticks.

 

Our Team

Our team are very team-y.
We’re techies, artists, gamers and one (ex) stand up comedian.

Want to know more about Sophie Deen?  click here button

Lucy Burns

Lucy Burns

Design

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Chris Campbell-Mhlope

Chris Campbell
Mhlope

Fulfilment

Sophie Deen

Sophie Deen

CEO

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Bex George

Bex George

Illustration

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Kate Holden

Kate Holden

Tech

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Anna Hyde

Anna Hyde

COO

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Gen Ng

Gen Ng

Executive Assistant
 

Savena Surana

Savena Surana

Cool Stuff

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Richard Ward

Richard Ward

Tech

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Simon West

Simon West

Tech

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Computer Weekly
'Most influential women in UK IT' 2018

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Awarded London Tech Week
‘Changemaker’ in 2018

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Winner of the
EDF Pulse Award 2017 winner

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Awarded the British Interactive Media
Association's ‘Innovator’ in 2017

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We're Hiring

We’re hiring a creative team to help turn Dot into games and cartoons.

We’re actively looking to work with people who have lived experience of our character's culture, and her family life.

Please apply or share, and help us to create something amazing. We value merit, initiative and values over qualifications or industry experience, so even if you’re not sure, you should still get in touch. We also offer contract roles, part-time roles, and everything in between. We care about providing flexible working arrangements - mums, dads, carers…. please apply.

 

Find Us

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Write to us

Bright Little Labs,

The Space, 69 Old Street,

London,

Ec1V 9Hx

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The Children’s Intelligence Agency

But, if it was real, it would be a hi-tech global network of super-skilled kids, dedicated to fighting crime, injustice and homework.

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Download the free Children’s Intelligence Agency app, a top secret spy tool.

Follow us on Insta-magram

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Congratulations to the winner of our #stnicksday competition they'e the lucky recipient of these customised @vejakids

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SCAN COMPLETE: MISSION-01-KEEPING-CRYPTIC RECEIVED Excellent work Agent ****. Do you have any intel for the CIA ? If so get in touch at [email protected] trainers#detectivedotorginal #iwantone

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Congratulations to the winner of our #stnicksday competition they're the lucky recipient of these customised @vejakids trainers#detectivedotorginal #iwantone