Socially Minded Endeavours (SME) is a design and development duo consisting of Nick Breen & David Rust-Smith.
We focus solely on building innovative apps (web and mobile) that blend social benefit, design, and technology.
This website showcases our favourite projects from 2012, please enjoy.
Ottawa's Heart is a map application that allows civilians like yourself to effectively respond if you see a Cardiac Arrest.
We map defibrillators for emergencies. Our data consists of 380 locations that the City of Ottawa maintains, and additional crowdsourced locations.
We recently won all 3 of our categories in the Apps4Ottawa competition: Judge's pic for gold, people's choice, and best Windows 8 app.
Bibz is an international videogame initiative that educates and empowers youth to tackle global poverty. Working with 150 kids from Ethiopia, Australia, Canada, and the US we have developed an Xbox360 and web game that teaches players about international development, geography, gender equality, and more. All of the artwork and animation in the game has been done by youth around the world.
Our goal is to improve global awareness and empathy in our next generation, while also exposing them to technology in a fun and supportive environment. All profits from Bibz workshops and game sales are donated to Beyond The Orphanage, a non-profit that works with orphans in Ethiopia.
Mission is a videogame that tells the stories of 4 men from The Ottawa Mission, a homeless shelter in Ottawa. The character designs, item art, words, and even sound effects were all created by the 4 men whose journeys you experience. The project started in Septmeber 2012 and officially launched December 17th, 2012.
Protecting the rights of foreign adopted children who may be too scared or alone to speak out.
Many people, especially in the smartphone demographic, have incredibly luxurious lives compared to the 40% of the world's population that live on less than $2 a day. Sometimes we just need a little reminders of how lucky we are.
This app will entertain you and help to keep the problems in your life in perspective. Each problem has an accompanying fact and a link to a relevant organization. (Also has very cute icons)
Africa For Norway, help Santa save freezing Norwegians! This game is inspired by the satirical Radi-Aid movement to put an end to media exploiting stereotypes. Simple tap or mouse controls make it touch friendly and the online scoreboard will have you competing to be the top Santa in the world!
Using Twitter and some nifty AI we give you a forecast of people's mood today. We also show you the trend over the last 4 days, and a series of samples. You can also enable GPS to only use tweets in your area, and can give it a custom search term to forecast people's mood for a particular topic.
OurShelves strengthens communities by providing them a platform to share books, video games, and dvds. OurShelves helps decrease the need for mass produced goods; increases the strength of your hard earned dollars, allowing you to experience more for less; and puts your community on a pedestal, helping it grow and become more enjoyable in the process.
We're always excited to hear from people who share our vision of making the world a better place.
The game was designed and developed by SME in partnership with Phil Vanstone, We were responsible for the ideation, design, and development.
This project was run entirely by SMEWebsites in support of Beyond The Orphanage. We were responsible for the ideation, design, development, and marketing.
The game was designed and developed by SME in partnership with writer/designer Grant McLaughlin, and with the support of Ottawa Community Arts, The Ottawa Mission and of course the 4 men whose stories and art we share: Andre, Jean, Gordon, and Roger. We designed and developed the game, HTML5 as well as Windows 8 app, and integrated FB API features to help spread the game.
Design logo and campaign branding. Developed website. Build a secure Facebook group that would act as a help forum for foreign adopted children to stay in contact with peers and mentors from back home
This was an R&D project to explore the potential of the Windows Phone App marketplace. The app pulls data live from a MySQL database.
We designed and developed the game as unofficial fan work. It is available both as an HTML5 web game and as an installable Windows 8 app with touch support. The game was made in 3 days over the Christmas break of 2012.
This app was developed to experiment with large data sets and finding new ways of finding meaning in data. It was also to get exposure to the Windows Phone marketplace.
SME ideas man David Rust-Smith pitched OurShelves at Ottawa's startup weekend in early 2012. Over the course of 54 hours he put together an all-star team that built the prototype, marketing plan, and business model. At the end of the weekend OurShelves was pitched to a panel of angle investor judges and won first place.
Phone: +1 613-979-4411
Our Current Locations:
- Ottawa, CANADA
- Chicago, USA