Working together to build an offline nutrition tracker
enquos is a complete set of connected tools that take the guesswork out of better living. An important part of the Enquos package is the nutrition tracker mobile app, which Calvium helped the Californian fitness company design and build.
enquos goes beyond food and water logging by providing over 6,000 nutritionally analysed recipes, a meal planner, and comprehensive food database. In addition to this there are over 20 different dietitian designed meal plans covering numerous dietary preferences from gluten-free to paleo to vegetarian. The enquos nutrition mobile app allows users to quickly and easily log their nutrition intake on the move. Even with no internet connectivity they can log their food and it will sync when they later have reception.
Before working with Calvium, enquos had made a previous attempt to build the Nutrition tracker app using an offshore development team. Due to a combination of factors, including miscommunication and a couple of big technical hitches – the project didn’t work out and enquos was left with a half finished app that they weren’t at all happy with.
As a familiar face in Bristol’s Tech scene, Matt Hamilton, head of UK Operations for enquos, had been aware of Calvium for a number of years and after attending our open day as part of Bristol Media’s Open Doors event in 2015, he decided to reach out to us to help him fix the enquos app.
Coming to the Calvium office was really the deciding factor for me. I already knew Calvium did great work - but after getting a feel for the people and the place, I knew we could work well together.
How Calvium Helped
Being technically skilled himself, Matt had built a rough version of a feature within the app he was hoping to ultimately create. He then brought this to Calvium hoping that they could build it properly. We were able to build that prototype in just two days, which Matt then used to demonstrate feasibility to senior staff members at enquos and ultimately get the project funding signed off and underway. From this point onwards we worked closely and continuously with Matt and his team of developers to create the new app and to ensure enquos Nutrition was a success.
‘I’m sure we differ from Calvium’s usual clients in that we do have some technical capabilities, but not necessarily in the field of mobile development but we very much wanted to remain part of the build. So we hired a team of developers who would specifically work for Enquos, but alongside Calvium. Therefore we needed somebody who we could trust to say ‘this is how we can achieve this’ as well as someone who could work well with others.”
At Calvium, we champion co-creation. We believe that true collaboration is born out of a mutual desire to see a project succeed, which was very much the case with enquos. Through taking the time to really understand our partners we can avoid the tricky issues that others report when collaborating this closely.
I’ll never forget the first meeting we all had as a team around Calvium’s conference table. It was just brilliant! At all points during this process I’ve felt that Calvium has been part of our team, there’s been no distinction as to whether people worked for Calvium or Enquos. They’ve just fitted in both technically and personally.
Results & ROI
The enquos Nutrition app went live in September 2015 to a fantastic response. Members of the enquos package have commented that the addition of the nutrition app has made their lives much easier. The health conscious are now able to log food on the go, which as well as ensuring accuracy (no more forgetting that you’ve eaten an apple by the time you’ve sat down in front of a computer to log your food) makes the entire experience much more enjoyable. Before the app they were having to log everything through the website, which was a much more cumbersome process.
One of the most surprising things that has happened after the app launch, is that Matt has noticed a shift in the development of other aspects of the company. “What’s funny is that it’s now the case, that what we’re doing on the mobile platform is influencing what we’re doing on the web- rather than the other way round.”
Following the feedback received about the clear design and user experience of the app, enquos are now taking designs, cues and processing that’s being used on the mobile platform and using it on the web.
Calvium embraced a project that had caused endless stress, headaches and sleepless nights for Matt and the Enquos team and worked with them to get it to a point where there was a working app on the app store to be proud of. With this, Enquos are now in a position to carry on using their own developers for future iterations but Matt is very grateful to Calvium.
We’re absolutely thrilled with the app and we certainly wouldn’t be here without Calvium. Even now that they have finished working on the project they’re still clearly passionate about it. When I see Calvium’s developers at networking events they’re always asking after Enquos and keen to know how we’re getting on. There’s a definite feeling of care, which is just lovely. I would absolutely recommend Calvium to others.