Custom Web Applications
We're helping leading organisations do more with data.
Since 2000, we have helped the world’s leading organisations to affect positive change through creating powerful, open source web applications, including:
Upshot monitors, evaluates and reports on the impact of the Football Foundation's £400m grant-giving activities.
Centrepoint's Youth Homelessness Dashboard captures, measures and visualises data from multiple, disparate sources.
iShamba supports smallholder farmers in Kenya with SMS-based information on weather alerts, market prices and special offers.
The types of web apps we build:
We specialise in creating intelligent custom web apps which track, process and evaluate large amounts of data. Recent solutions we’ve built include:
- Monitoring and evaluation (M&E) tools
- Data visualisations and reports
- Impact measurement and reporting
- Grant management systems
- Third party system integrations
- SMS campaign software
How we build custom web applications:
Our approach to web app development begins with a time-tested process that discovers and addresses the unexpected:
We immerse ourselves in your organisation and industry, learning about your objectives, competitors and target audiences to define the initial premise of your product. During this phase of in-depth research, we'll typically conduct user modelling workshops, analyse your data and analytics, and test specific hypothesis related to your product.
Following the requirements gathering process, our developers validate the initial premise of your project, creating a minimum viable product to test complex data models, visualisations and APIs. Creating a prototype early on, ensures the bulk of your development budget is protected, and only used once a solution has been established.
Once the agreed technical solution has been tested, our team start building the application, integrating the functionality defined in the Discovery phase. Meanwhile, our design and frontend teams work to create a look and feel for your application. Once the finished product has been fully tested across all browsers, we work with you to get a launch plan in place.
All of our applications are specifically designed to facilitate future growth, providing organisations with the flexibility to add custom features as new organisational needs arise. We’re proud of the fact that we continue to work with our clients long after product launch; we’ve been working with the Football Foundation for more than 10 years!
Who you'll be working with:
We attract the best minds in the industry and have a team of software engineers with advanced degrees in informatics, bioinformatics, mathematics and science. Our large web application projects are led by:
Helen WarrenSenior Developer; Tech Team Leader
After gaining a DPhil in Astrophysics from St. John's College, Oxford, Helen joined Torchbox’s tech team in 2000. Helen has since led some of our most successful projects and is an expert at turning organisational problems into software solutions.
Neal ToddSenior Developer
Neal worked with the European Space Agency before joining Torchbox in 2001; he specialises in designing and building large, bespoke web applications and developing intuitive interfaces for complex data systems.
Tom DysonTechnical Director
Tom is the co-founder of Torchbox and provides leadership to our team of software engineers and web developers. He ensures their technical approach, solution design and architectural decisions are robust and scalable.
Paul VetchClient Services Director
Paul joined Torchbox in 2013, having previously led one of the UK’s largest R&D teams for King’s College London. He has since designed & directed our large scale technical projects, working with organisations to streamline their operations.