• Although the LIFE crowdfunding campaign is now closed you can still join the team on their journey and donate at: http://ouinnov.co/1U3ZYp5

Life-saving Instruction for Emergencies (LIFE)

A project by: Mike English


WE RAISED £63,126

from 165 donors

This project received pledges on Sat 09 Apr 2016
7 years, 4 months ago

Mike English and Chris Paton were on the BBC South Today news last night. Watch again on iPlayer here from 3:16.


7 years, 6 months ago

We are very proud to announce that we are showing demos of our VR version of LIFE at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) conference 2017 today!

Our very own Chris Paton is at CES in the HTC Vive demo area at Wynn’s Alsace Ballroom from 2-3pm on Thursday 5th, Friday 6th and Saturday 7th.

Chris said:“A VR version of LIFE has the potential to augment both face-to-face training and the mobile version of the LIFE game. VR allows students in remote areas to connect with trainers in a virtual hospital ward where they can access equipment and practice performing tasks with a virtual instructor.”

Check out our press release with pictures and a video, and please share it on social media to help us get more people to come and try the demo.


Thank you again for all of your support with LIFE!

7 years, 9 months ago

Hi all,

We've recently published a study on enhancing emergency care in low-income countries using mobile technology-based training tools. If you are interested in reading it, the abstract and link are below. 


In this paper, we discuss the role of mobile technology in developing training tools for health workers, with particular reference to low-income countries (LICs). The global and technological context is outlined, followed by a summary of approaches to using and evaluating mobile technology for learning in healthcare. Finally, recommendations are made for those developing and using such tools, based on current literature and the authors' involvement in the field.

You can find the full article here:


7 years, 11 months ago

LIFE has been listed on Mashable as one of the 9 most impressive social good innovations from July! Have a read here: http://mashable.com/2016/08/01/social-good-innovations-july-2016/

7 years, 11 months ago

The LIFE team are thrilled that your donations have been matched by the University of Oxford Wellcome Trust Institutional Strategic Support Fund. It means the crowdfunding money towards the development of LIFE has now been doubled. The ISSF funding will allow the team to undertake a qualitative evaluation of LIFE. This will involve investigating how trainee nurses in Kenya apply knowledge gained from playing the game in their training, understand how playing improved their self-efficacy and examine the wider potential of serious mobile games for training in low-resources settings. 

A big thank you!

7 years, 11 months ago

We were one of 12 winners announced last week at the Saving Lives at Birth challenge! 

Here's a picture of our very own Dr Chris Paton in front of his poster at the event in DC.

Thank you for continuing to support us.

7 years, 11 months ago

We've now got a sneak peek of the LIFE serious game on youtube!

Check it out to see how the game is developing following your generous donations! We hope you like it.


Today is also the moment of truth for LIFE at the Saving Lives at Birth challenge. Please support us on twitter @OxLIFEproject, and vote for us for the People's Choice Award:


Fingers crossed!

Apologies for the odd font!

8 years ago

If you would like to vote for LIFE for the People's Choice Award there is an easy quick link:


Simply scroll down to the Oxford University project, and click Vote. Then scroll to the end of the page and click Submit! 

Thanks for supporting us!


8 years ago

USAID, the Government of Norway, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Grand Challenges Canada, DFID, and KOICA have joined together to launch Saving Lives at Birth: A Grand Challenge for Development, to find the tools and approaches to help mothers and newborns during their most vulnerable hours.


The LIFE team have been short-listed from 650 applicants to the final 49 for the 2016 call.


Thanks to your donations, we are developing the game in 3D (video snippet to follow) and will user test the game in the UK and Kenya. With the Saving Lives at Birth money, we can do that bit more.


If we are successful, we aim to build on our existing planned work by extended our beta testing programme in Kenya and we will build a new analytics platform and central server for connecting users.


We will also start implementing an accreditation strategy to enable users of the game to claim Continuing Education credits – this will incentivise users to play the game and give them a certificate to show what they have learned.


This new funding will also enable us to develop our business plan for ongoing sustainability of the project, design and develop funding for a larger trail to measure educational effectiveness, and publish the results of our initial work in the academic literature.


You can vote for LIFE as your favourite innovation on the Saving Lives at Birth website for the People’s Choice Award:

Click on this link: https://savinglivesatbirth.net/innovation/2016/innovators/

You will have to register, by creating a new account on the right hand side of the page.

Once you have done this, select the Oxford University (LIFE) project from the list. You vote by clicking the star. Thank you for helping us!

8 years, 1 month ago

With funding secured, the LIFE project has begun in earnest!

We have recruited a new project manager, produced the first version of our VR hospital (sneak preview coming soon!) and started working with HTC to create VR environments at our offices in Oxford and Kenya.

8 years, 3 months ago

Here's a fun spin on the Leti Arts comic strip - now featuring the LIFE team members! 

Fabulous comic strip! Very creative effort from the team. Love it. Fi

8 years, 3 months ago

Here is a sneak peek of our LIMITED EDITION LIFE comic strip created by Leti Arts! Pledge £250 to bag yourself one before they go!

8 years, 3 months ago

Our invited blog article for the Lancet Global Health Blog is now live! You can have a read here:


8 years, 4 months ago

Hello from the LIFE team at Isis Innovation!

We are helping Mike, Hilary, Chris and Jakob to reach their goal of £100,000. A lot of work has gone into getting LIFE to this point, so please help us to develop a 3D and VR version of the game to start saving newborns and making an impact in Africa. 

Best wishes,

Sarah, Zoe and Philippa

8 years, 4 months ago

We are now featured on the front page of the University of Oxford website!

Check it out: http://www.ox.ac.uk/

8 years, 4 months ago

We are featured in Innovation Insights from Isis Innovation! 

Have a read here: http://ouinnov.co/1pvPxxC

8 years, 4 months ago

Don't forget to use the personalised link above to track how far your sharing goes. You can see how many clicks you create and if anyone donates after seeing your post!

Can you raise the most donations?Try it and see...

8 years, 4 months ago

For those who do not have a paypal account, you can donate to LIFE through the project's personal University of Oxford giving page


8 years, 4 months ago

Thank you to everyone who has donated to LIFE.

For those who do not have a paypal account, you can donate to LIFE through the project's personal University of Oxford giving page

8 years, 4 months ago

We have had a sterling start, thank you to all of our sponsors so far. Please keep your eyes open for an article tomorrow in the Oxford Mail. You can check out our interview from yesterday with BBC Radio Oxford at http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p03krm2z (forward to 1:02 min), and our feature in techradar http://tinyurl.com/h9bdlmg.

Please keep your support coming, we are edging ever nearer to our goal.