Whether you’re planning only 2-3, or as many as 23 the chances are that if you don’t find the one killer feature that will make it stand on its own then it’s likely to fail. Building a Minimum Viable Product (MVP) is one way of helping you learn what that feature is, as quickly, cheaply and efficiently as possible. [Read more...]
On the same day as the Labs startup event, just thirty miles away in Horley the NHS South of England (East) delivered the first South Coast Digital Mental Health Conference. The event brought together innovators and implementers of digital technologies in mental health, to disrupt and improve how we use technology to improve mental health care.
What it is: A series of two minute pitches from each of the teams involved in Innovation Labs – Board, Funders, Funded Projects and Support Teams
Date: March 18th, 2013
Venue: Comic Relief HQ, London
Sound quality: Generally OK, though on some you’ll need to up the volume as we struggled to get the mic close enough to some of the pitchers
This week’s Project Startup Day brought the seven funded projects together and gave us a chance to chew the fat on our individual and collective challenges ahead. Dealing with those challenges is one of the things this blog will be helping the projects to do.
In these three videos Mark Brown talks about the challenges facing Doc Ready, one of the Labs crispest looking products, Dan Sutch from Nominet Trust provides a funder’s perspective on where we’re at and where we’re going, and Gemma and Mei reflect on their experience of guiding the Labs initiative from the Project Board.
A 4 minute guide to the Labs Evaluation
James Boardwell, is Innovation Labs’ evaluator. At the Labs Startup Day for funded projects he worked with the seven teams on creating an environment in which they will feel comfortable evaluating their products. In this interview from the day James tackles three questions:
- What he wants the projects to be thinking about as they evaluate
- What success might look like in terms of how product users might talk about it
- What he’d like them to be doing next
What’s Happening Now
It’s nearly a year since the second Innovation Lab. In that time we’ve selected ideas to go forward to the Labs Grants Programme and awarded product funding to seven third/digital sector partnerships.
The funded organisations will soon be kicking off the product development process. We’ll be following them and [Read more...]
This post originally appeared at www.workingwithjoe.co.uk
This post is based on an interview with one of the UK’s leading digital innovation agencies. It also appears at www.workingwithjoe.co.uk.
Digital apps and services are slowly changing the way we tackle society’s problems.
They’re usually created by social startups and small, motivated charities and organisations who want to find a better way to do what they do.
But creating products that actually change people’s lives and become sustainable is tough work.
Getting the right mix of design thinking, tech skills and business brains in your partnership or business is really difficult. [Read more...]
Rob Bell, from the Paul Hamlyn Foundation, offers his thoughts on why we’re running the Labs project
This is an unusual place for me to be on a Saturday. Normally around this time I’d be playing in a park somewhere with my two boys, having fun, not a care in the world.
The oldest is 4 years old and his brother has just turned 1 – according to the oldest, the little one is now officially “a number”. Both have fine mental health…I think. I hope they will always feel they can talk to me about the things going on in their lives, their hopes and fears. [Read more...]
This is a guest post by Dan Sutch from Nominet Trust, one of Innovation Labs’ funders.
Understanding how digital technology can best support young people around issues of mental health is a challenging area of study, and equally so when it becomes the centre of a design process to create new resources and tools – but that’s what the Innovation Labs are aiming to do with support from Comic Relief, Right Here and Nominet Trust.
The Innovation Labs are an attempt to create a process for supporting the co-design of new digital resources to help young people around issues of mental health. Facilitated by Cernis, the series of labs aim to [Read more...]