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East Palo Alto girls create app to clean up graffiti, trash

Original post made on May 10, 2013

Vanessa Tostado, a sophomore at Eastside College Prep in East Palo Alto, remembers watching a video in computer science class this year that stuck with her.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Saturday, May 11, 2013, 7:05 AM

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Posted by Michael Levin, a resident of Stanford
on May 10, 2013 at 9:11 pm

If you want to see the 2-minute pitch video for the EPA Chica Squad's Tag It! app go to: Web Link

The app was created using MIT App Inventor, a breakthrough tool that uses a visual program language to allow for creation of Android apps without the use of traditional coding. The tool enables the learning of the logic and creativity of programming first so syntax and other issues do not form an initial hurdle for novices.

See Web Link for more about App Inventor

Posted by anon, a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 11, 2013 at 2:11 pm

This is great! Just drop the EPA part... Local communities are going to be way more responsive and effective at cleanup, no need to get the feds involved.

Posted by Rolando , a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 11, 2013 at 3:46 pm

In this case, EPA refers to "East Palo Alto" not the government agency ;-)

Posted by Shades, a resident of another community
on May 11, 2013 at 4:47 pm

Bravo to this team! Great app and great aspirations by this bright young ladies.

Posted by Michael, a resident of Stanford
on May 11, 2013 at 8:10 pm

The next round of Technovation Challenge will start up in September. See this link if you want to find out more about how to participate:
Web Link

Posted by William, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 12, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Awesome work girls! Hopefully your work inspires others in the community to step up like you did...

Posted by Alissa, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 13, 2013 at 10:27 am

So proud of these girls! Kudos to Bayshore Christian Ministries and their mentors for helping them succeed.

Posted by Theresa, a resident of Crescent Park
on May 13, 2013 at 11:51 am

This is absolutely fantastic. What a wonderful idea, and how inspiring to see these four young women go for it -- and gain recognition as well. Can't wait to download the app and use it myself!

Posted by LJ, a resident of Stanford
on May 13, 2013 at 4:07 pm

Very Cool Story. Way to go Girls!

Posted by Michael , a resident of Stanford
on May 13, 2013 at 5:31 pm

It's great to see all these supportive comments. Given where we are in the center of the mobile app universe it there are any professional software developers, designers, project managers, marketing people, etc out there who work with app development and want to help out, please let us know.

Posted by steve joh, a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 13, 2013 at 9:58 pm

awesome, thanks for reporting on this!

Posted by Michael Levin, a resident of Stanford
on May 14, 2013 at 3:16 pm

Just saw a nice tweet about the team from San Mateo County Supervisor Warren Slocum whose area includes East Palo Alto:

Gotta love these girls! Offering solutions to the community! #Apps #TechnovationChallenge #EastPaloAlto #SMCounty Web Link ...

Posted by Y., a resident of Palo Alto High School
on May 14, 2013 at 8:44 pm

The Innogators from Palo Alto competed as well and was a world pitch finalist! They also won the People's Choice Award! Check it their video here: Web Link

Posted by Michael Levin, a resident of Stanford
on May 15, 2013 at 7:45 pm

For all of you EPA Chica Squad fans out there who have not yet had your fill of EPA. Chica Squad memorabilia, here is a brief news piece on the team on KTVU-Channel 2:

Web Link

Posted by Michael again, a resident of Stanford
on May 15, 2013 at 7:53 pm

Oops, looks like someone is recycling their shortened URLs a little quickly. Please try this link instead for the KTVU news piece on the EPA Chica Squad mobile app development team:
Web Link

Posted by Renee, a resident of Stanford
on May 17, 2013 at 9:53 am

This is wonderful! I hope the app will go live and be useful someday.

Posted by Michael, a resident of Stanford
on May 21, 2013 at 7:58 am

The East Palo Alto Police Chief sent a tweet to the team wanting to meet and talk about their app! See below.

Chief Ronald Davis
EPA Chica Squad: Congratulations on your anti-graffiti app "Tag It". Lets meet & put your innovation to work.

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