Myko’s first pilot test of the app was conducted during the McGill University residence “Fight the Power” energy saving campaign (February 2015). We attracted over 500 users and demonstrated a correlation between those residences with the highest Myko use and score, and the largest drop in energy consumption (8% over the course of the test). Based on this success, Myko has continued to refine the “Myko climate impact score” algorithm and app, and has assembled an inter-university team of researchers to test and extend its results.
After having completed the first internal review process of the app, the McGill Social Score Platform was officially launched on June 17, 2014. Following several rounds of app development, which included functionality testing and surveying test users, Myko 1.0 was released to the public on the Apple App Store on December 21, 2014.