The Masters of Engineering Podcast

Pickpocket-Proof Backpacks: Sarah Giblin, Founder of Riut

September 15, 2019 Matt Butler Season 1 Episode 3
The Masters of Engineering Podcast
Pickpocket-Proof Backpacks: Sarah Giblin, Founder of Riut
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The Masters of Engineering Podcast
Pickpocket-Proof Backpacks: Sarah Giblin, Founder of Riut
Sep 15, 2019 Season 1 Episode 3
Matt Butler

Sarah Giblin is an accidental designer. While waiting to get off an airplane, she noticed a fellow passenger nervously unzip his backpack and stuff his wallet and passport in his front jeans pocket. She soon unconsciously found herself reacting the same way: “My God, is my wallet and passport still there?” And then imagined an endless queue of backpack wearers concerned that the person behind them had easier access to their valuables than they did.

In this podcast, Sarah tells Jon how she developed the RiutBag, a backpack with zippers that go flush against the wearer’s back (with no zippers on the outside), and how she navigated the product development world without any design or manufacturing background.

Show Notes

Sarah Giblin is an accidental designer. While waiting to get off an airplane, she noticed a fellow passenger nervously unzip his backpack and stuff his wallet and passport in his front jeans pocket. She soon unconsciously found herself reacting the same way: “My God, is my wallet and passport still there?” And then imagined an endless queue of backpack wearers concerned that the person behind them had easier access to their valuables than they did.

In this podcast, Sarah tells Jon how she developed the RiutBag, a backpack with zippers that go flush against the wearer’s back (with no zippers on the outside), and how she navigated the product development world without any design or manufacturing background.