On Monday 3 June, 2019, we introduced, Inside St Helena, the very first, dedicated app* for St Helena Island. The App is currently in live-testing mode; we officially launch on 1 July, 2019, but people around the world are now invited to download the App to try it out.
It’s available in both Google Play and the App Store.
Feedback is welcomed via our Contact Page.
What does Inside St Helena Do?
Inside St Helena was designed with one clear purpose:
…to connect visitors quickly and easily to what St Helena has to offer.
The App is a modern day, interactive visitor guide and business directory that fits in your pocket and goes anywhere.
Inside St Helena is a free App that installs on smartphones and tablets.
Used on St Helena with a Sure SIM card installed, the App allows direct phone access to the listed businesses, services and attractions.
We are not recommending or endorsing the Profiles listed on Inside St Helena, rather, we are simply providing a platform that allows businesses, organisations, attractions and service providers to be easily found.
Read our Disclaimer here.
How To Get The App
The App is currently available from the Google Play store for Android devices, and from Apple’s, App Store for iOS devices. (search for Inside St Helena)
Cost Of The App
The App is free to download and use.
How To Use The App
Who Is Behind Inside St Helena?
Inside St Helena is a completely private venture by the two of us, Darrin and Sharon Henry, St Helenians who live on the island.
Although the project is a private effort, the leap-of-faith by the first Profile holders on the App – 56 different island organisations and individuals – has been absolutely key to making the launch possible. Their belief in both the concept and our ability to deliver the service has been humbling.
We will be inviting others to join the App once an initial period of live-testing has been completed.
Very First St Helena App?
We believe this might be St Helena’s very first dedicated app, which would be quite special, but that’s still to be verified.
The Journey To Get Inside St Helena
It’s a real goose bump moment for us, finally being able to reveal a project that began its journey exactly two years ago, in June 2017, during a visit to Cape Town for our photography blog, What The Saints Did Next.
On a few stories during that trip we were kindly supported by Cape Town Tourism. We were inspired by their communication and engagement material, and right away knew St Helena could benefit from this type of marketing; an approach driven by enabling easy connections.
So we started planning!
Aborted First Launch
After a lot of work, we were right on the brink of launching in March 2018. The finger was hovering over the button, so-to-speak, however, at the last second we aborted. The situation on St Helena at the time suggested we might have struggled to succeed.
Second Time Lucky
In January 2019 we unlocked the ‘project box’ once more, and this time it felt right.
Working through midnight to 6am each night in order to access the vital internet connection we needed, we carefully got down to the app building process.
A Two-Year Secret Uncovered
At the beginning April we knew we needed a convincing presentation if local businesses were going to sign-up to something completely new for St Helena. Our target was to secure 50 Profile Accounts for the launch.
Reverting to a tried & trusted format we know well, we produced a 12-minute video to present our App idea.
On 1 May, 2019, we began a series of one-to-one presentations across the island, asking businesses and organisations to invest and entrust their marketing with us. It was also the first time in nearly two years of planning that we had revealed the idea to anyone.
May, The Month Of Meetings
After an intensely busy month, on Wednesday 29 May, 2019, we quietly celebrated the successful acceptance of Inside St Helena into the Google Play App store. Over the next two days we arranged secret testing from South Africa, UK, Ascension Island, St Helena and the US. All seemed to be working ok.
On Friday 31 May, 2019, we notified each of the App’s Profile Account holders, allowing them the weekend to test and give feedback before going public.
Finally, at midday on Monday 3 June, 2019, we announced live-testing of our very first App, Inside St Helena.
Late on Friday 21 June, 2019, Inside St Helena was available from Apple’s, App Store.
* This is St Helena’s first dedicated App, as far as we’re aware