Bay Area girls’ app finds safer commute routes

Bay Area girls’ app finds safer commute routes

A team of five Bay Area girls has won a national contest for their mobile app for pedestrians seeking safer commute routes in San Francisco.

The Intuit Girls Who Code team was one of eight national winners chosen from among 1,800 entries in the Verizon Innovative Learning App Challenge. Members include  Silver Creek High senior Delia Gomez of San Jose, Monta Vista High junior Savita Balaji of Saratoga, Piedmont High junior Brina Bodnar of Piedmont, American Indian Public High senior Joyce Hoang of Oakland and Alameda Community Learning Center junior Wendy Zhou of Alameda.

The team’s Soteria app draws on crime data and links to the local police department’s Twitter feed.

Together the team won $20,000  to enhance STEM education at their schools and help build a working mobile app from their design. The students also won a trip to the National Technology Student Association Conference in Orlando, Florida, in June.

Team members hope to expand their app prototype from San Francisco to other areas.

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Published at Wed, 22 Feb 2017 15:00:12 +0000