After an Ohio college student was assaulted, she created an app to help people feel safer walking home alone.


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Angela Rucci has cleverly developed an app that is likened to an invisible shield.  She calls it “Tego.” The name comes from the Harry Potter series in which “protego” is a charm used to cast an invisible shield around the wizards to keep them safe. Rucci wants to provide an additional way of safety, a way to walk your friends home. Angela is a senior computer science major at Ohio State where she was challenged to a 24-hour “hack-a-thon” where she came up with the idea.



From the article:

The concept of the Tego app is fairly simple: you type in where you’re going and who you want to notify — you can pick up to 10 family members or friends — and they will get a notification or a text that allows them to track your entire trip in real-time. There is also an option to send live video footage of your route or call the police if you feel unsafe.

“It’s just a virtual way to help walk your friends home,” said Mark Thorn, co-developer of the app. As for privacy concerns, Thorn said all of the data is encrypted and Tego only tracks users when it is told to track them.


This excellent article shares more information from the creator herself.





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