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24.02.2015 16:16

App to Prevent Gender Violence

The Pillow 112 app, designed by the five-strong team Weinstech, has won the #CampusInWatch Hackathon held simultaneously at the Granada Health Science Technological Park (PTS), the University of California, Berkeley (USA), and in Barcelona and Cordoba. The winning app sets in motion an emergency protocol if an episode of gender violence takes place. 300 youngsters from all of the participating places took part in the competition, which challenged them to develop eHealth apps for the InWatch wearable device.


Hackathon participants and judges in the PTS Foundation hall.

Pillow 112 uses a small pillow-shaped device that can be worn discreetly at all times. As soon as the device, which is connected to the InWatch, is activated, an emergency protocol to prevent gender violence is automatically set in motion.

The other teams taking part in the Hackathon developed a wide variety of eHealth apps, such as INHeart, to control heart rhythm, QuitSmoking, a smoking cessation tool, and geolocation apps for people with Alzheimer's disease.

The winning team was made up of Miguel Sánchez, José Manuel Robles, Adrián Martínez, Nacho García and Juan Ramón González. Their prize is to attend the Hackathon grand final in Barcelona as well as the 4YFN Congress and Mobile World Congress, with all travel expenses, accommodation and registration fees covered. They also won an InWatch Z, a tablet and an internship at Global INDevices.

The judging panel had a tough job choosing between all the excellent entries providing solutions for health, home automation, payments, wellbeing, safety and energy. The panel was made up of Diego Vargas, director general of the newspaper Ideal; Raúl Berdonés, CEO of Grupo Secuoya; Pilar Aranda, former director of the Andalusian Research Plan; Joaquín Fernández Valdivia, director of the University of Granada's School of Information Technology; and Manuel Bayona, representing the PTS hospital.