About the speaker
Trevor Swart is Founder and Director of UX & Product at AUX Studio. He works with a talented team of UX designers and developers, providing guidance and direction for their rapid-prototyping and product development projects. Trevor’s role is to facilitate the planning and rollout of these projects by running team workshops, prioritizing features, and delivering those using Scrum and Agile principles. He’s a firm believer in Lean UX and testing products with real users.
The main focus of his company, the AUX Studio in Cape Town, South Africa, is to create projects that make a difference, that are transparent, and that get ordinary citizens to care. They do this by getting software development teams to build better products, and by building accountability and empowerment with the end users.
About the talk: “Designing for Good In Real Life: Presenting TapOff and Scinapse”
Trevor will tell us about two fantastic AUX Studio projects that have really made sustainable change in the world. The talk will explain how these projects are relevant for person projects and rapid prototyping, and will give you tips on how you can explore different ways to get product ideas out in your own teams.
When the dry season threatened to shut all water supplies and ration water in Cape Town, Trevor and his team at AUX Studios rushed in with a speedily designed app to help people cut down on their water usage, TapOff. Combining rapid prototyping with behavioral science and gamification, AUX Studios built the app in just 6 weeks. The effects of this change was huge, and “Day Zero”, where water supplies were scheduled to switch off, was cancelled!
The AUX Studio is also focusing very much on using their services in Health Care, and one of their current projects is “Scinapse“. Scinapse is an app developed to help medical staff log incidents and patient details on the fly at large events like marathons and other races. By logging each incident, doctors and nurses at the event, and also at the hospitals will not only be prepared for what to expect, but they can also plan accordingly and try to eliminate some of the environmental, race, or safety factors causing the incident, thereby making the event safer.