My project is a controller with two buttons, meant to mark people as safe or in danger in the middle of a natural disaster, so they can be rescued and/or their family can feel relieved in those stressful times.


When searching about social problems that could be solved with technology, I came across a website saying about how a lot of people get lost in hurricanes or didn't have access to a phone to call the police when they were in danger. At that moment I started thinking about what could I make to help those people in danger and I started brainstorming ideas. Suddenly I remembered a commercial for life alert when an old lady falls in the tub and click a button in her wearable and the 911 is notified. I thought at that moment, what if I made something similar, wireless, small and that as soon as there is a hurricane alert everybody would have it close.

What it does:

It alerts the police, Red Cross or other rescuers that you are in danger and it has a GPS built in that they can trace and find you. It also has an "I'm safe" button that marks you as safe in the police/ Red Cross database and in case that your family is looking for you, the police would let them know that you're safe.

How we built it:

I watched a lot of youtube tutorials, and followed all the steps and afterward I wanted to implement a new change so I reached out to a mentor and she guided me.

Challenges we ran into:

The first one was separating from my team and coming up with another project in the middle of day 2. Secondly, I needed 2 Arduinos UNO initially but I couldn't find any, a mentor was kind enough to give me an Arduino Pro Micro, which I had no idea how to work with it. Lastly, my computer was recognizing my Arduino as a trojan horse and blocked it many times, I thought it was my code but it was just my computer acting up.

Accomplishments that we're proud of:

I am proud that I learned something new in such a short time and I did all the work without giving up despite all my bad luck.

What we learned:

I learned how to use Arduino, both the hardware and the software, and I also learned that no matter of tough is your situation it can and will get better.

What's next:

Adding a GPS system as I originally intended to, and maybe suggest this idea for Red Cross or the Police. Maybe they could find something useful for them in my idea.

Built with:

I use an Arduino Pro micro, a breadboard, a buzzer, some LEDs and some resistors.

Prizes we're going for:

HAVIT RGB Mechanical Keyboard

TBI Pro Gaming Headset

$100 Amazon Gift Cards

Grand Prize

Hacker gear & swag from

Misfit Shine 2

Fujifilm Instax Mini 26

Team Members

Camilla Miquelina
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