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Spelman Junior Participates in Hack the Violence Summer Program

July 2017

Spelman computer science major Amirah HusbandsComputer science major Amirah Husbands, C’2019, is one of 28 Atlanta college students who are participating in the Goodie College Innovation Lab #HackTheViolence program. The four-week social entrepreneurship incubator, which runs June 17 through July 9, is designed to help college students create technology solutions that address an area of violence.

The culminating event is the Hack The Violence hackathon, a two-day event that brings in volunteers who donate their talent to help the student teams make their ideas a reality. Husbands and her team members are focused on home invasions. Their project, Walk N Watch, is a neighborhood monitoring and community-policing platform that will use police department data and an alert system to notify residents of crime reported nearby.

Residents will be able to schedule and log hours to patrol their neighborhood and form neighborhood groups.

“The goal of the program is to reduce violence by 40 percent by the year 2020 in our chosen category,” said Husbands, an aspiring software engineer. “So we hope to have a viable product we can ship to market and pitch to investors by the end of the program.”

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