Silver Spike

Case Film

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Product / ServiceSIP SAFE
CategoryB04. Use of Ambient Media: Small Scale
EntrantY&R ANZ Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Idea Creation Y&R ANZ Melbourne, AUSTRALIA
Media Placement Y&R ANZ Melbourne, AUSTRALIA


Name Company Position
Paul Nagy Y&R ANZ Chief Creative Officer
Jake Barrow Y&R Melbourne Executive Creative Director
Kieran Moroney Y&R Melbourne Senior Art Director
Kieran Moroney Y&R Melbourne Copywriter
Aaron Pepper Y&R Melbourne Creative
Annie Thiele Y&R Melbourne Producer
Jules Callen Y&R Melbourne Producer
Zoe Rixon Y&R Melbourne Senior Producer
Matt Hunt Y&R Melbourne Group Account Director
Sheridan Wadelton Y&R Melbourne Head of Broadcast
Gabriel Montalban Y&R Melbourne Digital Producer
Gerry Mathee Y&R Melbourne Production Manager
Simon Gray Y&R Melbourne Designer
Leigh Maslij Y&R Melbourne Digital Designer
Michael Zaporozhets Y&R Melbourne Developer
Thomas Wilson Y&R Melbourne Account Executive

The Campaign

After observing that young people are accustomed to wearing wristbands at festivals and other events we found inspiration in the environment to create something to help stop drink spiking. The Sip Safe wristband detects if a drink has been spiked with drugs. The wearer simply puts a drop of their drink onto the wristband and in a short amount of time the wristband changes colour if it has been exposed to ketamine or GHB – two common drink spiking drugs. The ability to test your own drink provides the freedom to manage risk for the wearer. Also, wearing the Sip Safe wristband provides a visual deterrent to any would be drink spiker. The design of the wristband can incorporate the logos of any brand, nightclub or festival that provides these wristbands to its patrons.

Creative Execution

The Sip Safe wristband was first launched at the Schoolies end of exams party in November 2017. This activation was paired with market research through interviews and surveys that provided learnings on distribution, integration and engagement. Taking this feedback on board a program of activations was launched on Monash University campuses in April of 2018. This initial program saw more than 6,000 wristbands distributed to university students along with drink safety information. Coinciding with these activations we engaged the founder of Bars of the North, a venue safety organisation, to begin a program of lobbying licensed venues.

The results to date have been nothing short of remarkable. In the space of six months we have launched a product to some of the most vulnerable young people, begun an ongoing program on university campuses where more than 6,000 wristbands have been distributed as well as garnered international media attention. Most importantly, in a university survey 89.5% of students now have a greater awareness of drink safety after engaging with Sip Safe. Further survey results showed: 31.6 % knew of people who’ve had their drink spiked 78.9% Could see themselves or their friends using the wristbands. From a commercial viewpoint, the Sip Safe wristband has been registered for a trade mark and the website’s had order enquiries from 27 countries. With this shift in scale the product developed with Monash University now has the potential to do far more good in harm minimisation for young people across the globe.

The Sip Safe idea utilises a channel of delivery that is a latent part of the youth landscape. Through building the utility of drink testing into a wristband already seen at festivals and youth events the Monash University drink safety initiative uses media to connect to the audience without scrutiny. The ability to test a drink for drugs with the wristband encourages participation with the media itself, providing a life-altering test at a potentially crucial moment.

Insights, Strategy and the Idea

To launch Sip Safe we established the product at events for pre-university students and on university campuses before taking it to the wider audience of clubs and festivals. As an accepted element of youth events the wristband design was instrumental in delivering the drink safety education and utility of drink testing. We directly targeted our audience with the wristband at three key locations. By seeking out school leavers in the high-risk environment of their week-long end of exams party, we built relationships in the week before they nominated their university of choice. Wristbands were also distributed on university campuses to students experiencing life away from home, as well as known university bars, clubs and hang outs. Whether provided through promotional staff or a point of sale stand on the bar inside a nightclub, the Sip Safe wristband carried a message of drink safety and a method to know for sure.