Happiness, it's now a (governmentally defined application) thing

The United Arab Emirates has a Minister for Happiness, so why shouldn’t we have software application developers focused on programming happiness related code structures to provide ‘apps’ that drive happiness as an entity, an end user result… and indeed, as a ‘thing’?


Happiness-as-a-Service is an application that allows kids awaiting a transplant, or those who received a transplant, to request a wish and then connects them with benefactors who can fund their wishes. It enables users to nominate a critically ill child, see a child’s  wish in their local community and donate – among other features.

Users can create so-called ‘moments’ (or perhaps, experiences) for children — and these are anything from going to Disney on Ice to swimming with dolphins.

This application was developed as part of ServiceNow’s Knowledge 16 conference and exhibition held in Las Vegas back in 2016.

Sean Carron works for enterprise service management company Linium — at the event last year he also played the role of team leader for Team Smiles at what ServiceNow calls its CreatorCon Hackathon.

Carron spoke recently to AppDeveloper magazine here to explain what his team’s approach was.


“The app was inspired by the Make-a-Wish Foundation. It is a wish-enabling platform for terminally ill children. Children undergoing a transplant have a long, tough road, so in collaboration with ServiceNow and Linium customer UNOS (the United Network for Organ Sharing) we set out to create an app that would make a difference in their lives and make them smile,” said Carron.

Carron also said that ServiceNow has adopted the tagline ‘Everything as a Service’ so his team set out to see how far they could push the envelope in that regard.

“The platform technology is what makes that possible – integrating core service themes like request-and-response with modern application concepts like geomapping, mobile and responsive design,” he explained.

Editorial disclosure: You can read the full Q&A at the above link and here. Adrian Bridgwater has in the past worked on corporate content materials for ServiceNow and has also worked for the Dubai Government in its content services division.