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Music for my Mind app prototype

Music for my Mind is a charity seeking to provide evidence that personalised music enhances the quality of life and well-being of people living with dementia.

We worked with Music for my Mind from an early stage to investigate how an app could allow people with dementia to access relevant music and also to monitor the effect music has not just on them but their families too. We developed a prototype app to be used in clinical trials and will progress to a commercial product once the clinical data and user feedback has been processed.

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We searched widely for an app developer to assist us with our new charity and found a responsive, generous and empathic partner in DabApps.
Professor Keith McAdam, Founder of Music for my Mind

The challenge

Music for my Mind needed a partner to produce a prototype app which interfaced with Spotify to allow playlists to be played. The app needed to log as much data as possible about the way its clinical trial users interacted with the available features. The data had to be stored centrally to allow third-party monitoring devices to access and analyse the results of the trial and to provide valuable feedback on the effectiveness of the app.

How we solved the problem

We began with simple wireframes and visual designs to illustrate how the app would work. This allowed us to work collaboratively with Music for my Mind and to iterate on the design, features, and functionality. The aim was to produce a functional app that was sufficient for trials but not necessarily a fully-fledged, commercial product. We used React Native to produce the app and Django to manage the authentication and back-end storage through to a cloud database running on Amazon Web Services.

The outcome

Early trials have proved that music has a major, positive impact on patients with dementia. Some video evidence of this has been published by Music for my Mind. It's such a wonderful video - do take a look!

The charity is now moving forward with a crowdfunding campaign to enable them to launch a fully developed app in the future. We very much look forward to a continuing collaboration with Music for my Mind and the opportunity to contribute further to such an important cause.

We have been privileged to work with Chris and the rest of the DabApps team. Not only have they responded on time, with good proposals and competitive pricing, but they have delivered imaginative solutions. We have valued Chris’s contribution to the strategic directions of the charity; his responses have been carefully thought through, and unselfish.
Professor Keith McAdam, Founder of Music for my Mind

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