Helping Can't Stop Columbus celebrate people and connection
In response to the worldwide pandemic and local quarantine lockdown, Can’t Stop Columbus and The Columbus Foundation created Curbside Concerts to bring joy and celebrate the people we care about. With a focus initially on the elderly and those feeling the impact of isolation, the website allowed Columbus area residents to request and schedule live music performances for their loved ones.
Starting out with a simple Google form, Can’t Stop Columbus volunteers manually checked requests against artist availability. As things took off, Can’t Stop Columbus needed help with developing an easy to use public-facing interface, and a way to ease the manual burden on the back-end.
Test Double helped take Can’t Stop Columbus’ project from idea to fully realized website over the course of a month. Development included building the site from the ground up in Elixir, pulling forms into the website and adding additional back-end features iteratively along the way. Admin dashboard reporting was built to pull together requests and availability, simplify scheduling, and enable email notifications to both the requester and the artist.
Consulting and project management focused on isolating the most important things to develop initially, then managed development against additional features to help both volunteers and users. Artist profiles allowed users to browse and even pick a favorite song when requesting a concert. Virtual tip jars were also connected to further support the talented, local musicians.
Test Double believes in the power of empathy to bring people together and solve problems. We were so happy to help Can’t Stop Columbus keep people connected by sending live musical performances to loved ones:
- 700 Free Concerts Performed
- Providing Joy to More than 750 Seniors
- Paid Engagements for 50+ Local Musicians over 7 Months
- Fully-realized Website and Scheduling Tools Built in 1 Month