Think today’s youth don’t contribute enough to society? Don’t tell that to 11-year old Victoria Walker. Walker was recently awarded 20,000 dollars after winning a hackathon sponsored by AT&T. The sixth grader collaborated with David Garu, creative director of the interactive agency WLDG, to create an app that discourages people from texting while driving. The app, called Rode Dog, allows users to join a pack, and then check up on the other users in their pack. If you think one of the users in your pack is texting while driving, you can send them a loud, annoying bark. The app will bark until the user turns it off and hopefully cuts out the texting. The sixth grader was thinking of the safety of those closest to her when she came up with the idea – she wanted to be able to protect her parents from driving and texting. Keep an eye out for the app on iOS, Android and Windows Phone later this year.
Shelly Palmer Radio Report – September 25, 2012
Author: Shelly Palmer
Shelly Palmer is Fox 5 New York's On-air Tech Expert (WNYW-TV) and the host of Fox Television's monthly show Shelly Palmer Digital Living. He also hosts United Stations Radio Network's, Shelly Palmer Digital Living Daily, a daily syndicated radio report that features insightful commentary and a unique insiders take on the biggest stories in technology, media, and entertainment. He is Managing Director of Advanced Media Ventures Group, LLC an industry-leading advisory and business development firm and a member of the Executive Committee of the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences (the organization that bestows the coveted Emmy® Awards).