During our last LDSTech Conference, a small project team led by Hilton Campbell, Steve Mann, Simon Kerrou, and Jeff Macmichael used advances in smartphone technology to develop a Clean Water Evaluation app. The app will increase the efficiency and timeliness of project reports for the Church’s Clean Water Initiative.
The team started developing the app during the conference and finished it within six weeks after the conference. After the app is integrated into a Church database, it will be released officially.
The Church’s Clean Water Initiative is involved in over 50 projects annually that bless more than a million people. The projects are designed to provide sustainable access to clean drinking water in communities where clean drinking water is largely unavailable.
Currently senior missionaries visit a sampling of water projects and fill out a paper evaluation form. The form often gets torn, crinkled, soiled, or lost. The evaluation forms that actually make their way home have to be entered into a spreadsheet, thus increasing the inefficiency of the process with a double-entry.
The Clean Water Evaluation app will work to eliminate these problems, allowing senior missionaries to compile and submit their reports via smartphones. The app will record the senior missionaries’ GPS coordinates, walk them through a series of questions they answer with a tap on the screen, take a few pictures of the water system, and record a voice note of other items they feel need to be covered. They will then be able to upload their project reports.
To get a sense of the Clean Water Evaluation app, here are a few screenshots showing the question evaluation screens, the location, and the water measurement.
Looking to the future, we would like to grow the app into a tool for senior missionaries to help develop new water projects as well as evaluate old water projects. One of our main goals is to make the app so user friendly that it becomes intuitive for all demographics.
One of my favorite memories from the LDSTech Conference was sitting down with our development team and brainstorming ways we could make the app more user friendly. As we worked together, we experienced feelings of unity and satisfaction because we understood we were involved in something larger than ourselves. We’re grateful for LDSTech and the bridge it has provided between our need to increase the efficiency of the Clean Water Initiative and volunteers who want to give back.