Beacon Case was born out of a desire to innovate and help those in need. We wanted a tablet case that offered the best of both aesthetics and functionality and saw the massive popularity of tablets as an opportunity to do a world of good.
Matt spent 2010 literally broken - first breaking his wrist in March and then his leg in September. Each injury sidelined him from soccer and kayaking, so he had plenty of time to read and reflect. Matt started doodling designs for a case for his Kindle 3. Inspired by Greg Mortenson's "Three Cups of Tea", he contemplated how to use e-readers' and tablets' surging popularity to make a lasting difference for those in need.
In December 2010, Matt pulled Jeff aside after church and described his initial idea for a book-bound, wood framed case for tablets. There were a few similar cases on the market, but Matt wasn't impressed with the way they secured the tablet in the case, or their ability to survive drops from everyday heights. Jeff listened patiently and went to work applying his woodworking knowledge to craft a new method for holding devices in a case and making sure the wooden frame was sturdily constructed so it would hold up to daily, and not so daily, use.
During the Spring of 2011, Jeff and Matt went through potential design after potential design, until one late night whiteboard session led them to the concept of a hinged frame. With a frame design in hand, they began brainstorming names for the case. About this time, they decided that funding clean water projects was a simple, direct, and tangible way to make a difference for others. After learning how a water project offers a community newfound hope, a lightbulb went off. Marrying their Carolina heritage and love for the coast with the symbolism of hope a water project offers a community, they settled upon the name Beacon Case.
In August 2011, Jeff and Matt found a non-descript, 1450 square foot ranch style house for rent on craigslist with an enormous 1300 square foot detached workshop and immediately moved in and went to work preparing the workshop for Beacon Case production.
Beacon Case officially launched in 2011 and we're excited to see what the future holds.