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18 September, 2013

I am Safe - a Hackathon app to prevent sexual violence in India

The teams that developed the "I am Safe" concept with me at the Hackathon in Bangalore.

I thought you might like this fresh Hackathon result.

The "I am Safe" is a mobile app concept was developed in last Saturday's Hackathon workshop that I led in Bangalore for WAN-IFRA Asia.

This is a digital project and cross-media campaign to help make millions of women and girls prevent sexual assaults in India using a mobile and data solution.

Hackathons bring designers, journalists and coders together to develop tools to solve problems.

The "I am Safe" mobile app project is a country-wide campaign that will empower Indian women to feel safer, reduce stress, and become better informed in their communities using data and mobile technologies that send push notifications, manage distress signals and geo-map safe and unsafe areas as they travel in their everyday life.

Learn more about the project at the Knight Challenge Web site:

If you want to help:
Please share this world-changing idea using the link above and feel invited to give your feedback at the Web page to help us improve the concept and funding request.

The original idea came from a a female delegate in my workshop named Sauyma Gupta.

She is a software engineer and very talented in thinking about how data and mobile apps can be used to improve safety for women. We'll be adding her development team's details to the grant proposal and looking for agreements with more partners who can help us see this concept come to life.