Digital experiences bring the natural world to life with Nordens Ark
In a heartwarming mixture of innovation, sustainability, and education, Epical has proudly joined forces with the Swedish non-profit organization Nordens Ark to create something new and exciting. With the support from Epical, Nordens Ark wanted to transform the hospital experience for young patients in a way that promises to leave a lasting impact on both environmental efforts and children’s well-being.
Nordens Ark is a foundation dedicated to preserving endangered species and promoting biodiversity. Together with Epical, they want to bring the wonders of their park to children undergoing hospital treatment. Leveraging their expertise in digital innovation, Epical has developed a modern web application built on Amazon Web Services (AWS) that immerses children in the natural environment of Nordens Ark, providing them with an engaging and educational experience inspired by Nordens Ark’s conservation efforts.
We are very satisfied with Epical’s technical expertise and, above all, their commitment to designing a platform that inspires hospitalized children to connect with nature through our digital product as part of hospital play therapies.
Empowering children through digitalization
Recognizing the limitations faced by hospitalized children who are unable to physically visit the park, Nordens Ark sought to create a unique digital platform that would allow these children to connect with nature and the offering at the park digitally. Epical partnered with Nordens Ark to realize this vision and develop a user-friendly product specifically tailored to engage and inspire young patients during their hospital stay.
“We are very satisfied with Epical’s technical expertise and, above all, their commitment to designing a platform that inspires hospitalized children to connect with nature through our digital product as part of hospital play therapies,” says Björn Johansson, Educator at Nordens Ark.
Bringing Nordens Ark to hospital bedsides
The newly developed platform serves as a digital portal to Nordens Ark’s captivating world. It incorporates elements from the park’s environment, wildlife, and conservation activities, ensuring an immersive and authentic experience for the young users. The platform’s interactive features, gamification elements, and educational content enable children to explore various habitats, discover endangered species, and learn about conservation efforts in an entertaining and accessible manner.
By bringing the natural wonders of Nordens Ark directly to children’s hospital bedsides, the digital platform fosters a sense of wonder, curiosity, and care for the environment. It aims to inspire a lifelong connection with nature, emphasising the importance of biodiversity conservation and sustainable use of biological resources.
“Nature and animals can contribute to increased quality of life and faster recovery during times of illness. Therefore, it feels fantastic to be able to contribute to children’s improved well-being through our product. To make this happen, we also get valuable financial support from the Swedish Inheritance Fund (Allmänna arvsfonden) and Bidragsstiftelsen,” Björn Johansson continues.
Digital solutions for a sustainable future based on knowledge
The collaboration between Nordens Ark and Epical has resulted in a creative digital experience for hospitalized children. By expanding Nordens Ark’s reach beyond the physical park, the new platform enables the foundation to fulfil their vision of promoting awareness and educating around the value and beauty in our biological diversity. The great vision of Nordens Ark goes hand in hand with Epical’s purpose to work for a future we can all trust. At Epical, we see data as a powerful tool for creating positive change in the world, helping us solve some of our most pressing problems.
Moving forward, Nordens Ark and Epical hope to enhance and expand the digital platform, incorporating new features, content, and interactivity to keep children engaged and connected with nature. The partnership serves as a testament to the transformative power of technology in fostering a love for the natural world and empowering the next generation to become advocates for conservation.
Through the collaboration with Epical, Nordens Ark has successfully launched a digital platform that brings the wonders of their park to children. By leveraging digital innovation, Nordens Ark has not only enriched the lives of young patients but also created a platform that inspires environmental stewardship and lifelong engagement with nature. This partnership exemplifies the potential of technology to bridge gaps and make a lasting impact on conservation efforts and children’s well-being.
Nordens Ark is a non-profit foundation working to secure a future for endangered animals. They engage in nature conservation, breeding programs, research, education, and the dissemination of knowledge about biodiversity. A significant part of their work takes place in the field, both in Sweden and abroad. Nordens Ark’s vision is a world with sustainable populations of animals and plants in functioning ecosystems.
Photo by: Patrik Swede, Nordens Ark