Build

Completely custom web solutions for a national digital learning non-profit.

The work

How we helped create a bespoke digital learning platform.

BUILD is a non-profit organization that uses technology to teach entrepreneurship to disadvantaged students in the United States. In short, they stand for everything we believe in. It’s been our great pleasure to be BUILD’s internal/external digital tech team for over a year, and we’ll never stop championing their cause!

Marisol B.

Digital Product & Innovation

Aloa is a dream team to work with. They bring expertise, honesty, and motivation to eliminate barriers for marginalized youth. Excited for present and future collaborations!

Connecting with communities.

The heart and soul of BUILD were there from day one. But they had enormous technical hurdles to overcome. They wanted to create an innovative, blended learning environment that brought the best of digital learning to communities that needed it most. While they had many great offline materials, these ideas had never been properly digitized or organized into an LMS (Learning Management System). We had to bring together the expertise of several different departments to centralize and digitize their work, while improving the look and feel for their major corporate donors.

The technical challenge.

We had to find an affordable, maintainable LMS that we could scale to meet the demands of thousands of students from many different school districts. We were also tasked with making this LMS interact with custom-built BUILD apps and games, creating a seamless hand-off for students with badging and reporting. This required an enormous volume of design, front-end building, and back-end maneuvering to make all the components talk together.

Bringing it together

We firmly believe that a brand is more than the sum of its parts. If you have a great product but a clunky website, the component parts won’t add up to something great. We were tasked with re-imagining every digital touch point of BUILD, from creating an entirely new design language and style guide to rebuilding their large website with dozens of pages and hundreds of blog posts. We wanted to make sure that the content of BUILD’s LMS, website, and all digital touch points reflected the fun, simplicity, and joy of what BUILD has always been about.

The best part?

We’ve loved every minute of working with BUILD, because they are a very diverse team of highly empathetic, compassionate, and brilliant people. Our greatest joy is working with people who have a bigger purpose and mission, and everyone from the BUILD team radiates this commitment to the larger goal of teaching incredibly valuable skills to students who are often left behind in the traditional system.

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