Executive Summary

The UCAN GO app is an indoor way-finding app designed for and by visually impaired people. The year long Arts Council funded R&D project saw UCAN Productions, an award winning performance and creative arts co-operative for blind and partially sighted young people, and Calvium join forces in order to develop something that solves a real issue.

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Challenges

The young people at UCAN Productions wanted to feel as confident accessing theatres as they did whilst performing in them. Anyone can feel uncertain of finding their way around when visiting unfamiliar places, but for those who are visually impaired this feeling is increased substantially. UCAN wanted a solution that could equip the visually impaired community with confidence, independence and a sense of freedom. This meant the app needed to be user friendly, intuitive and inclusive.

Find out more about the vision for UCAN Go in the video below…

UCAN GO MASTER SAESNEG from UCAN Productions on Vimeo.

How Calvium Helped

After being selected as Technology partners for the project, we made it clear that in order for the app to be a success we needed to build it with UCAN and it’s members, not just for them. It would take the knowledge and expertise from both organisations in order to make something that really works. We therefore set up regular meetings and worked iteratively, constantly testing, refining and developing until each element was there.

Calvium became a part of the UCAN family almost overnight. From day one we became a team who shared the same vision and we all desperately wanted to make it work. Calvium’s willingness to listen to both Megan and I and other users has played a huge part in the success of the app. A user lead project will only work if the users opinions are acknowledged and valued and this is exactly what Calvium have done..

Mared, UCAN Productions member and project leader

Results & ROI

The UCAN GO app is now available for iOS at The Wales Millennium Centre in Cardiff and the Torch Theatre in Milford Haven. Since completing this project we have received brilliant feedback from visually impaired users as well as venue owners and managers. See below for a selection of user reviews it has received on the app store.

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Calvium also showcased UCAN GO at the 2015 Museums and Heritage Show where it also received an incredible amount of enthusiasm and interest. Read about UCAN GO on the Museums + Heritage Advisor.

Future Plans

UCAN Productions and Calvium have now partnered to create UCAN GO into a service that can be adapted to any building. We have very high hopes for the UCAN GO app and in years to come we hope to see it installed in public buildings nationwide, enabling the visually impaired to access all buildings with confidence.

If you’re interested in installing UCAN GO in your building, please visit our products page.