AT&T has given a $20,000 award to an 11-year-old girl for coming up with a concept for a mobile app designed to discourage people from texting while driving. The concept was created during a hackathon held in August as part of AT&T’s “It Can Wait” campaign. Victoria Walker worked with a designer named David Grau to come up with an app called Rode Dog.
Users of the app can be placed into “packs” with other members of the pack to be able to check if anyone is texting while driving. If they are texting and driving, then barking sounds can be sent remotely to the user until they stop. Walker and Grau are planning on bringing the app to iOS, Android, and Windows Phone later this year. The prize money will go towards further developing the app with ideas like in-app purchases for extra alert sounds.