TXT Safe!

My contribution will help decrease the number of accidents caused by texting and driving and make the road safer for everyone!

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  • Technology

Are you employed by T-Mobile or related to an employee of T-Mobile?

  • No

Eligibility: Date of Birth

11/04/03

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Phone Number- 480-570-1308 State - AZ, Queen Creek 85142 Mailing Address - 3245 W Santa Cruz Ave

Date You Started Your Project Started

8/5/19

Project Stage: Select the description below that best applies to your approach.

  • Idea (hoping to get started in the future)

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

A huge issue in today's teenagers is the growing number of accidents caused by texting and driving. These mistakes can be devastating from my experience, they can lead to life changing injuries to fatalities. The goal of this app is to bring down the number of accidents caused by this and make driving safer.

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

The app will use the GPS system to detect how fast you are accelerating and decide whether or not you are in a vehicle. If it decides you are driving, the app will automatically disable your texting and social media apps thus preventing texting and driving. This feature can be disabled by a parent using this app, just in case the person using the app isn't driving but riding in a car.

3. Personal Journey: What’s the story behind why you decided to start this project?

One of my main motivations in developing this app was from a personal near-death experience where I was being driven to my mom's house by my friend's babysitter who commonly texted while driving. While driving she started swerving into the opposite lane because she was too busy texting to look at the road. Luckily the person we nearly crashed into honked his horn and alerted the babysitter to go back into her lane. It was absolutely terrifying, I thought I was going to die right then and there. Another motivation of mine is the fairly large amount of accidents that have been happening near my high school caused by texting and driving. Whether the accident is just a small fender bender or a total head on collision, these can still all be prevented.

4. Selfie Elevator Pitch: Include 1-minute video that answers the following “I am stepping up to make change because...”

https://youtu.be/rv2DRgI0G4M

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

When people get involved with my project many of them help me with the design and layout of the app. When I speak with adults with children about my project many of them suggest ideas for a more interactive app between them and their child. They want the app to incorporate more features that let them know how fast the driver is going and where. When I speak to teens my age they want to make sure the app isn't overbearing and they are still able to text once they aren't driving. They also want to make sure they are able to call and text certain numbers in case of emergencies.

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

When people talk about preventing texting and driving within teens, many parents opt out for the complete control method which is usually downloading an app that completely disables all forms of social media and texting usage even if the teenager is not driving. This can be controlling and kill the social life of a teenager along with making things more difficult on parent's part for having to figure out when a teenager is driving and go through the process of disabling and enabling texting whenever the teen isn't driving. This app will eliminate that process and make it easier on both sides.

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

I have brought this app idea to teachers and parents, many of which are excited at the idea of making sure their children are safe while driving. I have also brought this idea up to teenagers around my age who are in the process of learning how to drive and many agree that the roads are dangerous enough as it is and are perfectly fine with waiting a couple minutes in order to respond to a text. This app can benefit both sides of its users.

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

My plans for taking this app to the next level would be to begin actual development of this app. I would like to incorporate certain key features such as an accelerometer sensor to detect the speed of the car and a GPS system. I think it would also be good to help run campaigns to get the message out about this app. I believe if we were able to get this app downloaded onto many teenager's phones we can make the road a safer place.

9. Which of the following types of expertise would be most useful for you?

  • Web/Mobile Development


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

  • Friend support
  • Family support
  • Mentors/advisors

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 1 [optional] Which of the following categories do you identify with?

  • White (for example: German, Irish, English, Italian, Polish, French) (6)
  • Black or African American (for example: African American, Jamaican, Haitian, Nigerian, Ethiopian, Somalian, etc) (8)

Help Us Support Diversity! Part 2 [optional] Do you identify as part of any of the following underrepresented communities?

  • Communities of color
  • Low-income community
  • LGBTQ community

How did you hear about this challenge?

  • Recommended by others

Referral: If you discovered the Challenge thanks to an organization or person other than Ashoka or T-Mobile, who was it?

I learned about this challenge from my computers teacher when we were discussing the development of this app.

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So many passangers text while riding though... is there a way around that?

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