ITHACA, NEW YORK – Framingham native Lauren McGrath, an emerging media major at Ithaca College, was one of four students from Ithaca College’s Women in Computing organization to win “Best Hardware Hack” at the Rochester Institute of Technology’s fourth annual WiC Hacks event, last month.
The competition, which aims to inspire young women to explore the world of technology, challenges participants to build programs in just 24 hours.
McGrath, Lauren Suna, Tea Mdevadze and Mia Kimmich Mitchell won for Time Out, a Pebble watch app that allows women to quickly notify emergency contacts of their safety level.
“We chose to write a smart watch app because, if you were in danger, you would be able to push a couple watch buttons more easily than you could reach for your phone,” said McGrath.
Located in New York’s Finger Lakes region, Ithaca College is home to 6,100 undergraduate and 460 graduate students.