Rapid Adaptation During the COVID Crisis
Soon after launch, the PowrKidz team met with an unexpected problem—COVID lockdown, with most children sent home. This required PowrKidz to rapidly re-prioritize its development schedule, focusing on the home workouts section of the app, and looking at ways for teachers to motivate and monitor kids when they couldn't attend school. This is an area where OutSystems again proved invaluable.
“We had to start looking at workouts that were specifically tailored to the new situation,” says Tom. “We quickly polished up the home workout side of the app, improved the rewards system and made it easier for teachers to assign activities remotely.”
“These are all things that we had on our roadmap; we just had to accelerate things. And that’s what’s so great about OutSystems because you can develop things in such a short space of time.”
Speaking of roadmaps, PowrKidz is already thinking about new capabilities as the application is rolled out to more schools. Integration with wearable devices is already underway to help gamify exercise and motivate children. Virtual workouts will soon be incorporated to help teachers connect with kids when in different locations. And, PowrKidz is in discussions with additional content providers who want to showcase their workouts/videos within our platform.
It’s a long way to have come inside a year, but for PowrKidz—as well as the nation’s children—the future looks bright.
“Without OutSystems, the development project would easily have taken three to four times longer,” says Tom. “We’d have needed more funding, more developers, and there’s a chance the project would never have gotten off the ground. Instead, in less than a year, we’ve successfully launched, proven the concept, and refined the product in response to feedback and COVID challenges.”