► Team of Madrid-area high school students develop ‘When&Where’ mobile app
► App to protect women, girls from assault reaches finals in global tech contest
A mobile app designed by five Madrid-area teenagers to help protect women and girls from assault in the streets became one of just five applications worldwide to reach the finals in August in Silicon Valley’s global Technovation Challenge.
The app, called ‘When&Where’, lets a user who may be out alone at any time of day to input their planned destination and then tracks their progress, asking them “Are you OK?” If the female mobile user responds “No” or does not respond within 30-60 seconds, the phone automatically contacts the “112” emergency service or a pre-programmed emergency contact of the user’s choice.
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The ‘When&Where’ app was designed by five teenage girls from the IES Velázquez de Móstoles in Madrid who were inspired to create the mobile application after seeing news coverage of the high-profile disappearance of Laura Luelmo, a young Zamora woman who as kidnapped and murdered earlier this year.
Their app was one of five finalists in the annual Technovation Challenge (now renamed ‘Technovation Girls’), a Silicon Valley program that every year invites girls around the world to find a problem in their community and create a mobile app to solve it. In 2019, 72,000 women from 57 countries participated in the contest, with the Spanish teen developers of ‘When&Where’ joining five other finalist teams from Khazakstan, Albania, Brasil, the United States and India.
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