Technology Department Duo Wins Best Community Action App Award

Coding Teacher Liz Kahn (second from right) and Computer Lab Assistant Matt Wartenberg (third from left) attended the iOS Developer Camp in Manhattan and won Best Community Action App for their app called Witness. The Developer Camp, a two-day hackathon held January 7-8, was hosted at Google NYC by one of the original founders of Twitter, Dom Sagolla.  

“[Witness] is an opt-in app where community-minded users can take photos or videos of a perceived crime or incident and immediately upload to a secure server,” said Ms. Kahn. “This information could later be called upon by defenders, prosecutors, officers, and activists alike. We call it the ‘new neighborhood watch’ and urge users to ‘be more than a bystander.’”

Ms. Kahn plans to share her experience with her Coding classes this week, highlighting how her team used group programming and divided tasks to create their finished product.

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