How Might We
Build Better MVPs
for the SDGs?

Design Off The Boat (DotB) is a borderless product design agency, dedicated to building solutions for companies that address the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
We work with talented women from across the seas to help you navigate through the stormy situations of social enterprise tech startups.

How Might We
Build Better MVPs
for the SDGs?

Design Off The Boat (DotB) is a borderless product design agency, dedicated to building solutions for companies that address the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals.
We work with talented women from across the seas to help you navigate through the stormy situations of social enterprise tech startups.

RAPID PROTOTYPING

Product Design Sprints for Social Impact Built w/o Code

Our world is sinking – response time is key. Our goal is to accelerate the time-to-impact for social enterprise tech by:

1. Implementing a rapid, iterative, high-impact, low-risk design process
2. Creating apps without code or development overhead costs
3. Building solutions that sustain the ecosystems affected by the problem

Find out how we can ship fully deployable apps in a week (sometimes less!)

SHIPPED FRESH

Our No-Code MVPs for
2020's Troubled Waters

Pandemic, protests for human rights, and corruption – this year has been a whirlpool of very important issues needing our attention. We are called to use our skills to amplify the voices that have been neglected. Here are two tools that our crew created to support #BlackLivesMatter and those affected by COVID-19.

Unlearning Racism

A resource-base for teachers and parents on speaking to children and young adults about racism.

Stuck: Stranded Canadians

Crowdsourced maps and stats on Canadians stranded in the Philippines due to COVID-19.

FEATURED WORK

From a 3-Hour Sprint to an Award-Winning
Crisis Response Redesign

NeedsList is a real-time needs registry for disaster relief and humanitarian aid. The platform aggregates needs from vetted nonprofits, matching them with corporate resources to increase the speed, efficiency, and transparency of crisis response. Read the case study here.

How We Helped:
 Rapid Prototyping Sprints, UX Research, UI Design, Brand Consulting, Talent Acquisition

Natasha Freidus, CEO of NeedsList thinks: 
“Sisa has done a fabulous job working with us this project. From rapid prototyping workshops to detailed UX, her team has led us through all aspects of the project. They go above and beyond, really thinking through the multiple issues around product testing and iteration, and are careful listeners. This talent for listening, and learning from mistakes, is unique — I have not found many designers to possess these qualities and I believe they will take the team far.”

WORKSHOPS

"I Have An App Idea" Rapid Prototyping Workshop

  • 3 Hours
  • Remote/In-person
  • Beginner/Intermediate

Got a problem you think an app could solve? Before you empty out your savings to build it – how about testing it to see if your idea works? We’re sure it looks great in your head but it’s no use if you never execute it. This works great for startups in the ideation or redesign phases as well!

Sign up for a 3-hour workshop where we’ll cover cost-effective and cleverly fast ways to take your idea from paper to a clickable prototype. You’ll be able to pick up techniques for problem-solving used by startups and giant tech companies that you can apply to your own sticky situations.

No previous design experience required. For individuals, teams, or big groups. 

WORKSHOPS

"I Have An App Idea" Rapid Prototyping Session

  • 3 Hours
  • Remote/In-person
  • Beginner/Intermediate

Got a problem you think an app could solve? Before you empty out your savings to build it – how about testing it to see if your idea works? We’re sure it looks great in your head but it’s no use if it stays there un-communicated. This works great for startups in the ideation or redesign phases as well!

Sign up for a 3-hour workshop where we’ll cover cost-effective and cleverly fast ways to take your idea from paper to a clickable prototype. You’ll be able to pick up techniques for problem-solving used by startups and giant tech companies that you can apply to your own sticky situations. These are the same workshops we conduct with our clients. 

No previous design experience required. For individuals, teams, or big groups. 

IS OUR CREW A GOOD FIT TO SAIL YOUR SHIP?

Incubation Programs and Startups

With DotB as a service partner, time-to-launch is reduced to a matter of weeks–if not days. Participating startups can instead focus on validation and iteration – instead of scrambling for technical know-how. Meanwhile our design processes and expertise make sure you’re on-track to generate social impact. 

SMEs & Tech Companies

If you are looking to diversify with a new product or feature, you don’t need to deplete your bandwidth. Focus on your flagship while our crew casts off to build you a brand new ship and armaments. We can work with more mature companies to improve a product, service, or even internal workflows. 

Entrepreneurs and New Founders

Consider our three capitanas your advisors-on-call. We can advise you on social impact, product design processes, creative problem solving, bootstrapping, and remote team management. Are you even looking at the right problem? How do you start? Let’s find out through  1-on-1 remote consultations or small group workshops. 

We do our best work with organizations and individuals that are open to new ways of thinking and creative problem-solving.
We believe in empathy, understanding mental models, building the essentials quickly, a ton of testing, and the importance of knowing our roles in the ecosystems we participate in and benefit from.

WHAT OUR CLIENTS SAY

FROM THE WISDOM OF DIGITAL NOMADS

We have our HQ in Toronto and our crew is spread across the globe: Manila, Bali, Buenos Aires, Cambodia, and Portland. 
We don’t have all the answers but we learn a lot from each other by being apart, together. We like sharing what we learn – even if it’s from messing up! Allow us to save you a bit of  trial & error with tips on how to run your own ship. 

Grab a copy of our free e-book: 
“Pass the Remote: Borderless Team Management – What We Learned from Winging It, So You Don’t Have To”