Starlight Children’s Foundation
Awards and Accolades:
- 2020 Most Innovative Government, Education and Not-for-Profit Company
2020 Innovation Name: Virtual Starlight Express Room
Awards: Most Innovative Government, Education and Not-for-Profit Company
The Virtual Starlight Express room can be accessed by children via their own or hospital provided device from anywhere within the hospital. The platform provides live interaction while givings kids a sense of recognition, achievement and connection while they are in the hospital. The central part of the platform is live streamed video content delivered by Captain Starlights who are all professional performers. Children interact with Captain Starlight via a chatbox which allows for live two-way communication and sharing of emojis, photos and drawings. There are two daily live shows carefully designed to facilitate child-led creativity and play within the confines of the hospital bed, and a Kids Gallery which hosts children’s artwork.
The service was launched at an incredibly challenging time with hospitals going into complete lock-down due to COVID-19. Between April and the end of June this year, nearly 600 individual users benefitted from the service.