Cut to the Case is a UIUC based non-profit started by two UIUC Engineering students whose initial mission was to help victims of sexual assault. Now, Cut to the Case has expanded their focus into tackling public safety with the hopes of improving the safety of all students on campus
We want to educate students about what’s around them. If we give them the information they need about what’s around campus, they will be better prepared to make decisions on how they should get home. From our research, we discovered that many students value knowing about where emergency phones, open businesses, lighting, past crimes, and other people are. For the app, we focused on giving students information about open businesses, emergency phones, police stations, street lights, bus stops, and past crimes are.
We talked to a couple of people about developing about Cut to the Case, but a lot of them didn’t have the same passion that Hack4Impact had for the project. Hack4Impact had enthusiasm for what we were doing.