The BigLife project was envisaged to serve and educate millions of students on the cusp of adulthood, aimed at equipping them with complementary life skills. The project identified a growing concern and strategic need for imparting practical life skills to students transitioning from school to higher education. The goal was to build an online platform that provides a library of ready-made and purpose-built content that offers useful understanding into areas as diverse as managing personal finance, understanding financial wisdom & tools, becoming familiar with university life, coping up with relationships, leadership, food & nutrition and other practical aspects that a young student can benefit from. The primary challenge came with developing the MVP and meeting the tight deadline for a fixed project. Secondly, the content modules and the master platform for delivering content to schools and students were fraught with complexities, and the ‘class booking process’ in particular needed a lot of streamlining effort. Add to this a major limitation of having to manage within a very limited financial outlay.
With a multi-pronged approach, Innovify helped build a non-academic intervention that promised immense potential to complement academic skills with equally strategic practical life skills. Towards meeting the objective of phase-1, we provided an efficient MVP, making it possible to deliver a platform-agnostic solution working across multiple systems and accessible via a web application. Having built the web solution with PHP and YII framework, we also deployed a managed-teams model to expedite and expand the reach of the project on iOS and Android devices.
BigLife has successfully rolled out a highly scalable and mature solution for its vision. Given its flexibility and platform agnostic nature, the solution can be used within the classroom, at home and on the move by educational establishments, teachers and students. The platform is already being leveraged by 6 schools in the UK, helping them shake up the status quo, providing their teachers with the opportunity to impart key lessons to young students, adding to their emotional intelligence and understanding of practical life skills to lead bolder, brighter and bigger lives.
In addition to a fully functional platform, the solution is also scalable and secure to safeguard students’ privacy. Moreover, our solution has also helped BigLife raise the £500,000. This opens up tremendous scope for further roll-out across the UK.