The federal government announced the three winners of a contest to design a Facebook application to help prepare people for emergencies and to keep them in contact with friends and families during crises.
HHS selects winners of app contest
Two graduates from Brown University in Providence, R.I.—Evan Donahue and Erik Stayton—took first place for their application, “Lifeline.” A four-member team from Las Vegas—David Vinson, Erick Rodriguez, Gregg Orr and Garth Winckler—won for “JAMAJIC 360.” A team of 11 students, led by Alex Kirlik, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, won for the submission “AreYouOK?”
First-place winners received $10,000 and passes to the Health 2.0 conference on May 14 in Boston. Second place received $5,000 and third place earned $1,000.
The contest was sponsored by HHS' Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response. All three apps allow Facebook users to check on friends during an emergency, while using social media to update their well-being.
The government plans a lifeline app to be launched before the start of hurricane season.
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