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Emily Hartung is a successful college student at Kutztown University of Pennsylvania studying Communication Design. She has always been fascinated by the world of Advertising and Social Media, and hopes to offer a unique take on today's changing tech world from the younger generation's perspective.
Jan 26, 2017
Teens have recently been getting a bad rep for almost always being glued to their phones and stuck on social networking sites. But these teens and young kids are helping to break the stigma of phone-addicted teens by using their knowledge to build apps that are helping to do a little good in the world. All 6 of these apps were created and coded by teenagers all under the age of 20, imagine that! Read on to find out about all the positive changes they are starting.
Natalie Hampton is a 16-year-old junior in high school from California. She came up with the idea for her new “Sit With Us” app when she had to eat lunch alone every day in her school cafeteria. She hated the feeling of being rejected by her classmates, and she eventually changed schools. Natalie wanted to help others who felt the same way, thus she created this free app that helps with lunch-planning so young students can find lunch tables if they feel alone.
Other students can sign up to be ambassadors for the "Sit With Us" club and can even create an open lunch table for others to join. This way students don’t have to feel alone and have the chance to make new friends in no time. Find out more about this great app in an interview with Natalie HERE.
A group of 7th-grade girls from Meyzeek Middle School in Louisville, Kentucky have developed a new app that aids Alzheimer’s and Dementia patients by creating reminders to take their medicines. Ellie Tilford, one of the group members, was inspired to make a change after she dealt with her own mother having to help her grandfather take his pills because of his own dementia.
The group of girls is bringing this app to life with the help of MIT’s coding experts, after being chosen as one of the winners of Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge. The app's goal is to keep families safe and informed by sending alerts to the patient's phones when it is time to take their medications. Other family members can set up immediate notifications if the patients forget. Read more about this awesome app HERE.
With the help of the Dharavi Diary Project, girls in Mumbai India’s largest slums are learning about technology and how to code. They are helping to tackle some of India’s largest problems by creating their own apps that help deal with violence against women and clean water accessibility. Using MIT’s App Inventor, the girls created "Women Fight Back" to combat violence against woman. The app features a built-in alarm that users can set off if they ever feel uncomfortable. It also allows users to set up emergency contact numbers that can be called in the event of an attack.
The girl’s app "Paani", helps women and children get safe and while also giving them easy access to water. The reason for this is because many in India have to wait hours or days, and/or even miss school days just to collect water. Users of "Paani" can avoid the long lines and hours of waiting, because the app creates queues or online “lines” for different households, and alerts them when it is their turn to collect water. Learn more about the Dharavi Diary Project and the work the girls are doing HERE.
After a 2013 tornado ripped through parts of Oklahoma, three 7th grade students from North Texas were motivated to help workers better serve these disaster areas. The three kids called themselves “Team Protons” after meeting in a STEM competition sponsored by the Army. Their motto and mission is to “think positive”, and the CERT in CERTPRO stands for Community Emergency Response Team.
This app helps to track volunteer hours and also creates a database of emergency response team members with special skills to better help areas affected by disasters. This app provides a new way to better track hours so that FEMA and other agencies can send more accurate aid and funding to help communities recover from natural disasters. Check out more of what Team Proton and their app are doing to create positive change HERE.
A group of high school seniors in Garrison, New York are helping to provide meals for the less fortunate with their new app called "Pay it Forward". Just like the Pharm Alarm creators, they also won Verizon’s Innovative App Challenge. So with the help of MIT’s expert coders and their brilliant idea, these high schoolers created a free app where users can pay for another person’s meal when they are at the checkout. To learn more about the "Pay It Forward" app and its upcoming release date, check it out HERE.