The Shhhh App

The quiet ringer app

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1. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project? NOTE: All applications must include a 1 minute video that answers: “I am stepping up to make change because..."

I'm standing up to make a change because I saw an issue in the world and I want to fix it. The issue is every time you walk into a courtroom or meeting or library you always have to turn your ringer off. And then if you forget to the ringer goes off disturbing people embarrassing yourself and causing everyone to be annoyed at you. Enter the Shhh app. This app uses location to turn off the ringer based on where you are. Imagine being in a courtroom or the library or in a movie theater and not having to turn off your ringer because the app does it for you. Please choose me for the T-Mobile Changemakers program and let's make this dream a reality.

2. The Problem: What problem are you helping to solve?

This app will stop phones from ringing in the middle of important times.

3. Your Solution: How are you planning to solve this problem? Share your specific approach.

This app uses location to shut off the ringer based on where you are.

4. Example: Please walk us through a specific example of what happens when a person or group gets involved with your project.

For example if someone walks into a movie theater, the ringer will shut off automatically.

5. The X Factor: What is different about your project compared to other programs or solutions already out there?

This is a new idea that to the best of what I know no one has made yet.

6. Impact: How has your project made a difference so far?

This will make people more focused and take away the need to look at your phone when it rings because it won't.

7. What’s Next: What are your ideas for taking your project to the next level?

My other idea would be to add a voice command to the app to shut off the ringer.

8. Future Support: What are the resources needed to make your vision a reality?

I need advice on how to move on with building this app which I plan to get.

9. Finances: If applicable, have you mobilized any of the following resources so far?

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

10. Ripple Effect: Please share some ideas of how you could partner with other changemakers or involve other young people as leaders in making a difference.

I am open to learning about other approaches to make this a a reality.

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Yehuda Levine is a bright, open minded young man who has shown great interest in technology. He comes up with inventive, innovative ideas that reflect his creative mind and is highly motivated to contribute to the advancement of progress on a large scale. Yehuda has a tenacious spirit that is a prerequisite in sustaining the try - fail, try - fail process. Good luck Yehuda! !!

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absolutely for everything

Photo of Mamoudou Bah

Great idea

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Good Idea

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Great idea !

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This is a great idea, and one that would likely get people to use their devices less (especially in places they shouldn't use their phones or where it's distracting).

There are some technical roadblocks you should consider, including the fact that for such a feature to work on iOS devices (iPhones and iPads), it would need to be built directly into the operating system. An app you download from the App Store, for example, can't turn on/off silent mode. Then, if it's an app, a major challenge would be convincing people to download it. Since it wouldn't be built into their device, not everyone would have it, so some devices may still make sounds in a movie theater, for example.

Another thing to consider is how you determine what locations trigger phones to go into silent mode. Who determines this? Does the owner of the phone have a say in this? Or do individual businesses choose to install a beacon that interacts with your app to trigger silent mode on people's devices?

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I would say that the owner of the phone has to search up the locations to pick when and when the phone goes silent.