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Bit Zesty wins Gold for Service Design at the 2019 iF Design Awards

Mar 2019

We’re honoured to have won a gold award at the iF Design Awards on 15th March in Munich, Germany. The award was given in the Service Design/UX category, for the Partner Notification Tool we created with SXT.

The annual iF awards have run for over 65 years, and are among most prestigious design awards in the world. Over 6,000 entries were evaluated by 67 design experts to determine the winner, and only 1% of entrants won a Gold award. The event itself was attended by 2,000 visitors from 40 different countries – and what a night it was!

Our co-founder Laura even featured in the event video, and was asked to comment on the growing presence of women at the awards. We’re glad to see women doing well in our industry—after all, great design has no boundaries!

A ground-breaking digital product

The SXT Partner Notification Tool is a digital service designed to reduce the spread of sexually transmitted infections (STIs). When a patient is diagnosed with an STI, they are encouraged by their health clinic to notify their previous sexual partners. But instead of doing it in person – which many patients find embarrassing – they can use the tool to do it anonymously via SMS message.

When the partner receives the notification, they are also given a link that helps them book into a nearby sexual health clinic. The tool not only improves the notification and appointment-booking process, but also automatically tracks STI testing rates. For clinic workers, this is a huge help – it means less manual work, and an easier time hitting government targets for STI testing.

So far, the tool has notified 7,500 partners and saved 1,000 hours of clinic work. We’re proud to say that it’s the only digital product of its kind in the world.

Reactions to the SXT project

This is the third award that the SXT project has received, and we’re happy to gain recognition from organisations as esteemed as the iF.  Heike Meier from iF explained why the project was chosen for an award:

“This service aimed at the reduction of sexually transmitted diseases has been co-created with users, tested and iterated – leading to a simple, smart, and extremely relevant solution. It enables diagnosed patients to notify multiple partners with complete anonymity, encouraging them to have themselves checked. This is service design at its best. Brilliant!”

To read more about the SXT project, read the case study here. Stay tuned for more news from the Bit Zesty world!



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