Solvera Solutions is not on the front lines of the COVID-19 epidemic. Solvera IT professionals do not test or treat people and we are not involved in helping to create a vaccine that will save countless lives.
But we do want to contribute and were pleased to be given the chance, helping Government of Manitoba meet one of the most basic needs shared by parents everywhere: responsible, dependable care for their children when work demands are pressing.
As part of Solvera’s COVID Rapid Response initiative started a few weeks ago, a crack team of Developers created a website where all registered daycares in the province could provide precise information on the number of current spots available for different age groups. With this information in hand, the government could quickly prioritize available spots for medical professionals and other essential service providers and ensure those needing assistance get it as fast as possible. That project was a complete success.
As a next phase enhancement, GoM officials wanted to directly connect these critical services workers needing childcare with open spots in licensed facilities, without the intermediary step.
“Our approach to this project was mindful of a famous Henry Ford quote, says Solvera Application Development Centre Manager Adam Kapilik: If you just ask people what they want, they would say faster horses. We wanted to avoid a narrow view of what was possible so we facilitated daily iterations with key players in the Families department to come up with the best solution in a very short amount of time.”
The result, which opened to traffic last Friday and is really gaining traction this week, is a responsive website that allows parents to browse for childcare facilities based on location and availability in a responsive web page. The parents can then contact the facility to book the childcare they need. The facility then logs into the portal and adjusts their availability. This site bridges the gap between essential workers and childcare facilities that can help them get to work to save lives!
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