TravlerPack

Our Story

We started TravlerPack when we became aware of the millions of people who have been displaced from their homes during the Syrian civil war. One of the greatest challenges they face is the weather. The winter brings plunging temperatures and brutal snowstorms, and many refugees do not have the proper means to stay warm.

In the beginning, we wanted to design a sleeping bag to keep people warm. After speaking with refugees about their living conditions, we decided we needed to rethink the sleeping bag. We built TravlerPack as a disaster resilience tool to address basic needs like secure storage and mobility while providing warmth. In the past two years we sewed our first prototype together in a dorm kitchen and negotiated with manufacturers; we tested our bag by spending the night outside in a snowstorm and spoke to refugees and nonprofits across the world; we developed a product that we believe can keep people warm while improving their quality of life and launched a campaign that raised $52,000; and we sent 600 TravlerPacks to Syria.

Since our first distribution in winter 2017, we have followed up with the recipients of TravlerPacks. The feedback has been positive. We know that TravlerPack is making a difference in these people’s lives and we want to continue this impact for the coming winter.


Timeline

A brief timeline has been provided below to shed some context on the project’s progress since the inception in September 2016.

August - November 2016: Project Inspiration, Research, and Connection with Nonprofits.
January - April 2017: Prototyping, Manufacturing, and Nonprofit Partnership.
May - August 2017: Design of TravlerPack.
September - December 2017: Crowdfunding and Media Campaign.
January - February 2018: TravlerPack distribution (600 bags) in Idlib, Syria.
March - August 2018: Redesign of TravlerPack.


Our Team (Present and Past)

Vick Liu

 

MIT 2020 | Finance major

Max Kessler

MIT 2020 | Mechanical Engineering major

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Rachel Groberman

MIT 2020 | Computer Science major

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Carson Tucker

MIT 2020 | Mechanical Engineering major

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Yun Gu

MIT 2020 | Computer Science major

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Patrick Ryan

MIT 2021 | Computer Science major

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Sarah Moseson

MIT 2021 | Mechanical Engineering major

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Jessy Lin

MIT 2019 | Computer Science major