Covid app 2KM From Home wins project managers’ approval

2KM from Home, an app that made it possible for people to travel and exercise within Covid restrictions, has won the Special Covid-19 Response Award from the Project Management Institute.

Developer Dave Bolger created the 2KM From Home website on the evening of 27 March 2020, following the Government’s announcement that day of travel restrictions to curb the spread of Covid-19.

The website’s map allowed the public to easily visualise what radius they could travel and exercise within under the then-2km limit and was adapted to include other distances as restrictions evolved.

“Over the past year, we have seen exceptional work and resilience from those working within all facets of the project management industry, in circumstances unlike any experienced before”

On the first day of operation, over 800,000 people visited the site.

Art of project management

A further five winners, all excelling within the project management discipline, were also announced at the virtual awards ceremony.

The Project Management Office (PMO) of the Year was awarded to Revenue PMO for the team’s “comprehensive approach to developing and imbedding project management ways of working across the organisation”. Jonny Mooney of Expleo, who was highlighted for his “great ability to use both the science and the art of project management to achieve project success”, was recognised as Project Professional of the Year.

Public Sector Project of the Year went to the Tallaght University Hospital for its Reeves Day Surgery Centre Project which saw the opening of a new 3,460 sq m facility to eliminate long wait times for routine day surgery and increase elective day surgery activity.

The Private Sector Project of the Year was awarded to Bank of Ireland – Retail Ireland for its End-to-end Customer Transformation Programme, which heralded a transformation of Bank of Ireland’s systems and culture.

The award for Project Management for Social Good went to the Royal College of Surgeons Ireland for its Pan African Paediatric Surgery E-Learning Platform, a free-to-use service which supports the training of much-needed paediatric surgeons across Africa.

“Over the past year, we have seen exceptional work and resilience from those working within all facets of the project management industry, in circumstances unlike any experienced before,” said the president of the Ireland Chapter of PMI Jackie Glynn.

“From prioritising public health here and overseas to pivoting services to ensure customer experience, we were truly impressed by the standard of the submissions. The winners announced today exemplify the best in our profession and highlight the myriad benefits effective project management brings to an organisation.

“The response to this year’s Covid-19 Response Award was also phenomenal, with almost 3,000 of public votes cast for our shortlist of worthy entrants. Our winner 2KM From Home is a project that has had a tangible impact on our day-to-day lives. In March 2020, there was so much uncertainty about the practical implications of the newly introduced travel restrictions. Dave Bolger analysed the issue, and within 24 hours, had delivered an easy-to-use platform that solved an immediate problem facing the public in Ireland, and globally,” Glynn said.

Pictured (at top) at the Ireland Chapter of Project Management Institute’s (PMI) National Project Awards were (from left): Jackie Glynn, Ireland Chapter of PMI President; Special Covid-19 Response Award,  winner Dave Bolger of the special Covid-19 Response Award and Féilim Harvey, PwC Partner, heading up PwC’s  Portfolio and Programme Management Practice in Ireland

By John Kennedy (john.kennedy3@boi.com)

Published: 25 June 2021

Recommended