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Maj. Jacque Vasta was a force support officer who encountered problems trying to sublease child care spots at her base’s child development center. She vented about this situation on Facebook and found out that other families had the same frustration. So she took her frustration and turned it into an idea for Kinderspot – an app through which Department of Defense families could easily sublease spots at Air Force CDCs. 

She pitched her idea at the 2020 AFIMSC Innovation Rodeo. She won first place, and $330,000 of funding and program support from AFIMSC Ventures to develop the app. Vasta has continued to work with the AFIMSC Ventures, the Air Force Services Center and Oddball (a digital services team specializing in transforming government software) to help bring this project to fruition. 

To date, Kinderspot has been awarded approximately $2.7 million in additional funds. AFIMSC is currently field testing the app at 9 bases; it is available for download on Apple and Android devices.

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