Bloombox: A Toolkit for Creating Transformative Tech

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GEMH Lab Resilience Preparation

Creating digital tech—whether it be videogames or apps—that makes a real impact on human flourishing is hard! Luckily, at the GEMH Lab we have amassed many lessons learned, tips, tricks and caveats over the years of our existence. All of which we aim to bring together in the Bloombox: a toolkit for creating transformative tech.

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18-07-2022

Over the recent years, many efforts have been made to create digital tech that benefits humanity. Specifically, as we become aware of the effects that technological changes can have on us, many seek to turn the tide by harnessing the power of digital tech to facilitate wellbeing and flourishing.

Creating solutions with real and lasting impact, however, is no easy task. Over the years, at the GEMH Lab we have worked hard to research and create playful video games for the benefit of young people's wellbeing. We have found that science, design, industry and sometimes clinical settings all need to come together for a digital solution to be most effective. We have made mistakes and learned valuable lessons about the practicalities and necessary mindset to create digital tech for human flourishing, and we are excited that the Templeton World Charity Foundation has given us the opportunity to materialise all of our experiences into a practical, action-oriented toolkit for professionals who seek to do the same as us: create digital technologies for human flourishing. 

This toolkit, called the Bloombox, is one of our focal projects in the years to come. We aim to provide designers, artists, developers, scientists and other relevant professionals the tools they need to make their interdisciplinary tech-for-good project successul. To that end, the Bloombox will consist of both tips-n-tricks as well as caveats, as we work to transform our experiences into practical tools to make sure you can capitalise on our successes ánd mistakes. Additionally, we will provide concrete templates, checklists and planners to create clarity in these often complex projects.

If you yourself work in the tech-for-good sphere, we would love to hear from you about what has and hasn't worked for you in past of current projects. Incorporating real experiences and routines of other professionals is of vital importance to us and will ensure that the Bloombox will in the end be truly useful. We look forward to sharing bits of the Bloombox with you as we build!


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Isabela Granic title=
Isabela Granic
Director of GEMH Lab

Professor and Chair of the Developmental Psychopathology department in the Behavioural Science Institute; writer; voracious podcast consumer; mother of two upstanding little gamers

Function

Professor at McMaster's University

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E-mail Isabela

Hanneke Scholten title=
Hanneke Scholten
Co-Director of GEMH Lab

Researcher, interdisciplinary work and collaboration, wants to understand the how's and why's, loves her high heels and coffee in the morning, walks and talks too fast.

Function

Assistant Professor at University of Twente

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E-mail Hanneke

Nastasia Griffioen title=
Nastasia Griffioen
Operations Manager of GEMH Lab

Nerd, is fascinated by the brain even more than your average zombie, into etymology and reading, drawn to anything tech-related, especially artificial intelligence. Wants to explore social tech (such as social media) and how these relate to young people's wellbeing.

Function

Post Doctorate

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E-mail Nastasia

Ken Koontz title=
Ken Koontz
Creative Director of GEMH Lab

Game designer, artist, producer, anime enthusiast and lover of games. I bring diversity, design experience and the NOISE!!!!

Function

Founder of Koontz Interactive

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E-mail Ken

Steven Ma title=
Steven Ma
Knowledge Translation Officer

Function

Researcher

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E-mail Steven

Location

McMaster University

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