What was the scope of their involvement?
They were very good about discussing our various options and working with us to figure out the best way of building. The platform is patent-pending, and it uses smartphone-based inputs to assist individuals in building evidentiary tracks and building a background of knowledge that they can then provide to professionals and legal experts if they become a victim of sexual assault or are accused of sexual assault and misconduct.
Currently, schools are struggling to administer a system where people with the most access to information are students who often don’t have the resources necessary to hire large legal teams to assist them, putting them at a disadvantage. Our system was designed with lawyers and with North Studio primarily as our development partner to build the infrastructure needed so each student would essentially have the equivalent resources of a full legal team.
The system consists of multiple components, but the backbone of it is the user application, which is then managed by two administrative portals – one that’s controlled by the school to maintain oversight of the full system and another company portal that will allow for interinstitutional cooperation.
We worked with North Studio extensively to build a system where the user controls the data and who has access to it. We’re dealing with personal claims and personal trauma, so privacy is a hot-button issue. Users have intentional lockouts to prevent the school and our company from ever having access to any of the data that the student doesn’t choose to make available.
EDJN network is a set of personal safety tools, evidence preservation technology, professional investigative resources, 3rd-party investigations, and training. The application is being created with the goal of empowering student communities to create safer and more accountable education systems globally.
Under the hood is a robust, complex platform running on multiple technologies such as React Native, Drupal 8, and several iOS & Android languages. When launched, the solution will use geolocation paired with live event data to create industrywide case studies on sexual assault.
What is the team composition?
We worked with 6–7 in addition to three teams of two developers, as well as a project manager.
How did you come to work with North Studio?
We brought on a technology partner early on because we recognized that we weren’t familiar with it. The learning curve was going to be too steep to allow me to manage the technology and the legal aspects at the same time, so we brought on a staffing company that works with North Studio. We interviewed a couple of teams through the staffing company, and in addition, I interviewed 3–4 other development teams. We ended up selecting two different development teams we thought would be good options, and North Studio put more resources on the ground early on to build out a robust discovery-proposal hybrid. Before we decided to go forward with them we had a lot of confidence in them.
What is the status of this engagement?
We’ve been working together since January 2019.