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This Group Of Teen Girls Build An App To Help Stop Drunk Driving

This Group Of Teen Girls Build An App To Help Stop Drunk Driving


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A team of teenage girls built an app in an effort to combat drunk driving. The team of five girls call themselves AMEKA (the first initial of each of their names) and hail from Winchester, Massachusetts.

The girls found out about a competition called Technovation and decided to enter. The inspiration to build an app that combatted drunk driving came out after their town had incurred a number of car accidents resulting from impaired drivers.

AMEKA built the application called SafeGuard Driving, its purpose to prevent teens from driving while impaired.

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Each team member played an integral part in building the application according to MTV News. “I’m more of the numbers person,” Annie Wu said. “So I did the stats and communications stuff.” Alexis, on the other hand, called herself a “jack of all trades,” while Eliza Albert is the main coder of the team.

Team member Eliza explained the app to MTV News stating, “Basically, the app is three tests that make up a total of five tasks, and the three of them assess balance, reaction and attention.” She said, “At the beginning, you input your emergency contact into the app,” and that “after taking all the tests, if you do fail, it would send a text message alerting your emergency contact that you had failed.” She added, “And then it would give you the option to call your emergency contact or a taxi service such as Uber.”

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AMEKA did not win top prize at the competition but were finalists. Although they did not win first place, AMEKA explained being a part of the competition brought value. “I think for all of us, it was really exciting to get to work together as a team and come up with this great idea that has the potential in the future,” Alexis said. “It was really cool to get to meet people from all over the world and collaborate with professionals in the business — we got to collaborate with people from Apple and Amazon and Twitter.”

In a tech world flooded with males, these five girls hope to inspire other women to get into tech and coding.

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