Vice President Joseph R. Biden Jr. announced on Tuesday the winners of a contest dubbed Apps Against Abuse, a White House-issued challenge to developers to build a mobile application that helps prevent sexual abuse on campuses. On Watch, a mobile app that allows students to connect to friends and family members “instantly and discreetly” with two thumbstrokes, won the challenge alongside Circle of 6, a mobile app that allows students to connect to a small group of friends and provide their location or request an interrupting phone call. On Watch features alarms, a flashlight, and a series of alert levels, as well as links to sexual-assault hotlines. Circle of 6 also requires just two swipes at the buttons to send out a preset signal. Both applications will be available for download in January.
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