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How Do I?

Tom and the team

About our project

How Do I? is a mobile app and content creation platform that links video to living and working spaces.

Users record videos through our platform, which are vetted before being uploaded. Easily identifiable NFC (Near Field Communication) stickers link step-by-step video to the appropriate location through our app and a mobile device. Alternatively, video content can be linked to a calendar to support routines and social engagement. Users and their supporters create content related to daily routines – including employment activities, personal care, home maintenance, and social activities – all cornerstones of independent living and social interaction.

We want to help build confidence and support those with memory loss to live, work and socialise more independently, using step-by-step videos accessed at the touch of a mobile device.

The idea was initially developed as an assistive technology by practicing educational professionals to develop social and life skills for people with additional needs. We entered the Challenge Prize shortly after undertaking a 6-month project where we applied human-centred design to explore and address the needs of older adults with dementia and their support networks. We then co-created new and innovative ways of using our technology.

We carried out prototyping activities with users over several weeks, resulting in both co-created content and content developed independently. Our prototypes were described as ‘confidence building’, ‘reassuring’, ‘calming’, ‘easy to use’, and ‘fitting in with their lifestyle’ by our users.

Users can follow along the videos to complete tasks of daily living at their own pace, or use content to help them recall activities they’ve previously engaged in or will be doing in future.

Individuals and their supporters create video content related to daily routines, including personal care, home maintenance, and social activities. Users are in complete control of the content. People living with dementia in Essex will also be able share this completely personalized content with their loved ones as appropriate as a legacy project.

We’ve been entirely person-centred from the start. Our design insights were generated via visits to services, in-depth ethnographic interviews carried out in peoples’ homes, desk research, and expert interviews. All our concepts are grounded in the personal experiences and preferences of our co-creators.

We have strong backgrounds in social work, entrepreneurship and education. We also have personal experience of caring for loved ones with dementia, and caring for carers. We’re confident in our relationship-building skills and look forward to establishing partnerships with Essex-based community groups, charities and residents with a view to delivering a structured trial from August to November 2018.