One of the most significant initiatives we kicked off this year was setting up Springlabs. This is a dedicated cross discipline team that at its heart is focused on experimentation and generating projects that create positive change in the world.
We're exploring new ways of working, new tools and technologies, and new collaborations that allow us to accelerate and amplify impactful project ideas. Watch this space!
The Austin Assessment
We worked with Nicola McDowell, a doctoral candidate at Massey University, to develop an app to help children with Cerebral Visual Impairment (CVI) understand how their vision works.
Kids with CVI range from functionally blind to having almost normal acuity. Often it’s misdiagnosed and incorrect medication prescribed, with potentially detrimental effects.
Our tool uses the camera in an iPad alongside a special card game app to support research into CVI. We built the first prototype as part of a hack day with the client (and creator of the diagnostic card game), and have now built the Austin Assessment into an app.
On May 4, we launched Simple Trace, a free contact tracing service designed to help Kiwis get back to business and fight Covid-19 together. We released Simple Trace before the official government app, and this was our way of stepping up and responding to the urgency of the situation.
Co-developed remotely by Springloaders in their spare time, Simple Trace helped remove barriers for businesses and gave the public an easy and safe way to play their part during the pandemic. Since launching, over half a million visits have been logged through Simple Trace.
“Simple Trace has solved the contact tracing requirement easily for it. It’s paramount we can keep our customers and staff safe and Simple Trace allows us to do this.”
sessions in one day
During lockdown we experimented with new ways to connect and collaborate remotely. We then ran free workshops to share our learnings and help others adapt to working from home too. We taught 37 attendees across four workshops how to brainstorm and prototype online using an online whiteboard tool called Miro. These workshops equipped people with practical skills and gave them the confidence during a time of uncertainty:
“This was a well designed, informative and fun workshop. I came away feeling confident I could have a crack at using some of the tools you showed me in my own work. Ka rawe!”