Prime Minister David Cameron has praised a team of students from Sheffield who designed a mobile phone app that allows users to plot a safe route through a town or city they haven’t visited before.
Three students from Sheffield University and a fourth from Sheffield Hallam joined forces to develop the Safetrip app, which combines Government crime statistics and GPS location to guide a traveller safely through an unknown place, using Google Maps.
They were one of eight teams to win the Silicon Valley Comes to the UK competition to design consumer applications using Government data which is now available to the public.
The Prime Minister told the teams: “This type of innovation can produce new applications and services that generate significant social and economic benefits across our society.”
Team leader Steve Briscoe, 19, from Sheffield Hallam University, said: “David Cameron certainly helped to inspire us to achieve careers in the IT industry.”
Other members of the Sheffield team were Sam Oakley, Luke Stringer and Mark Dessain.
Safetrip’s designers got the chance to pitch their idea to investors at the Silicon Valley comes to Tech City event in London at the weekend and one team member will be chosen to travel to the Silicon Valley and South by South West Festival in the United States next year.
The Safetrip team created their app at an Appathon, held at Sheffield Hallam University in October, which gave budding entrepreneurs the opportunity to work with designers, developers and marketeers to create a unique app for the commercial market in just two days.
The event was supported by the City Region Local Enterprise Partnership Creative and Digital Industries team and both universities.