Capturing children’s lived experiences in the pandemic through a digital time capsule.
The goal of this project was to create a Minimum Viable Product demonstrator (MVP) of a diarized digital scrapbook for familial units to record their lived experience during the COVID-19 pandemic and share within a virtual walled garden.
The MVP will demonstrate the capacity to offer guided reassurance to children by providing authoring opportunities that are underpinned by educational and well-being pedagogy.
In early 2020, Ancestry approached ADAPT to explore opportunities to create a diarised digital time capsule/scrapbook for children to record their lived experience through the COVID-19 pandemic. The aim was to capture the personal stories and insights about the impact of the pandemic on everyday life from first-hand witnesses providing a digital scrapbook for future generations.
Based on preliminary discussions with Ancestry, a number of possible user journeys were mapped and instantiated. During the time-period, the team developed a lightweight MVP of a digital time capsule/scrapbook that encompassed:
The platform was structured to have mass appeal, encouraging cross- generational interactions, from grandparents to grandchildren of all ages, and be simple to use. Following a series of preliminary collaborative workshops, the initial scope of the project was defined as the creation and delivery of a MVP of a diarised digital scrapbook to Ancestry. The project began in May 2020 with the identification of appropriate approaches, designs and visualisations to help create a pedagogically sound digital scrapbook for children to record their COVID-19 experience.
This technology is relevant to every industry looking for real-time insights, from Ancestry through to education and healthcare.