Rapid prototyping

Fast development of your prototype or MVP

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Develop a prototype or MVP that gets you to market faster, enabling collection of user feedback and stakeholder/investor buy in.


  • Quickly validate your idea
  • Reduce risk VS a full software build
  • Pivot quickly and cost effectively
  • Gather feedback from real world users
  • Enable your idea to be funded

Who should use this service

If you’re a technology leader, with a project in any of the following situations:

  • Wanting to get stakeholder buy in
  • Needing a demo to show investors
  • Wanting to reduce risk before committing to a major project build
  • Needing real user feedback to validate your idea

How it works

Leverage our specialist software development experience, without the costs or risks traditionally associated with custom software development.

We use best of breed low-code tools such as Bubble.io to produce rapid prototypes, giving you the benefits of a custom solution at a fraction of the cost.

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Our process


Initial consult

Our experienced strategists and UX designers will hold a workshop with you to understand your requirements and assess whether rapid prototyping is the right fit for your objectives and circumstances. Outcomes of this consult include documented recommendations and user journey maps to understand your user’s touch points.



From our initial workshop with you, we gather an understanding of your functional and non-functional requirements. We then plan a roadmap for the design and development of your prototype. We simplify and refine requirements, and prioritise features to achieve the optimal outcome for your budget.


UX design & wireframes

Our team designs wireframes that provide an exceptional user experience that resonates with your target audience. After two rounds of feedback and revisions, you sign off on the final designs before we import your prototype directly into Bubble.io.


Building workflow logic

Our team builds the logic for your prototype on Bubble.io. Depending on the functionality and complexity of your prototype, custom development work may be required to ensure your prototype is implemented and running correctly.


Review & feedback

Once the development phase has concluded, the application will be launched as a beta version. The project will enter a two week testing phase during which you may interact with the application and identify any issues. We will also conduct our own testing during this phase. After the conclusion of the testing phase, we will launch the final version of the product.

Our ad-hoc and AIP engagement models are available if you require further development or improvements.

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What are the tradeoffs of a rapid prototype VS a full software development project?

Bubble.io is great for MVP’s but if you want to expand or make changes it becomes less flexible as time goes on.

Who owns the IP?

You own the IP.  We build the business logic.

Where is the code?

The no-code solution is hosted by Bubble.io. Bubble.io does not allow code to be extracted, but you own your application. You are able to export the designs, however, as well as data to CSV.

What happens after the build?

We have 3 engagement models you can choose from for ongoing maintenance and development – project delivery (Ad-hoc), agile innovation packages, and staff augmentation. Project delivery is recommended for one-off engagements. If you are looking for a longer-term engagement, check out our agile innovation packages and staff augmentation services.

Can I make changes myself and can the prototype be extended?

Yes. Once the prototype has been implemented we can train you on the platform and you can make changes. The amount of training required depends on the type of changes you wish to make. Changes relating to content are straightforward, and require minimal training. Changes relating to logic or design will require comprehensive training, which we provide as a service. We can also make additions to your prototype after the initial build.

Who pays for the bubble.io subscription?

You. Bubble provides multiple service tiers. For small, brochure-style sites, a basic Bubble subscription is $25USD per month. For more complex prototypes, requiring more system resources, packages can range from$115USD to $475USD per month. Bubble also provides paid add-ons, allowing you to tailor your resourcing level.

How long does it take?

Template-based prototypes will be delivered to production within 3 months from the point of initial engagement to final delivery. Custom prototypes will take 4 months to deliver to production.

What if my prototype takes off and receives huge amounts of traffic?

Bubble allows you to assign more system resources to your prototype in easy-to-order ‘capacity units’ for a fee. This enables the solution to accommodate increased traffic and server load.

My prototype has been working well for the past few months and is generating revenue. Can I add new, more complex functionality to the system?

It might be time to think about moving from the prototype stage to the develop software or an app stage. Depending on how complex your needs are, we can continue development in Bubble, or migrate to a complete custom development solution.

How involved can/should I be in this project?

You can be as involved in the project as you would like. You can have full access to dashboards in JIRA so the progress and status of each activity is clear and available at any time. Depending on the complexity of the project, we typically conduct two rounds of feedback sessions with you as well as fortnightly progress catch ups with you.

Case studies

SG Fleet

A custom website design and development with a user-first approach to improve user experience and drive conversion

Having worked with 4mation since 2019, we’ve been able to utilise 4mation across a variety of projects and disciplines – everything from database management, mobile app integration, and development of our core systems. We have always been impressed by their ability to solve any issue we throw their way.

Michael Dipietro IT Operations Systems Engineer, Altus