It takes a community to save a child, but it also takes a community to save a child.

Ashley M, Eden L, Rimsha R

Imagine walking down the street and seeing someone having a seizure. You are the only person around and do not know what to do, so you go on First Aid. You request a "first responder" and go to Medical Tips to describe the problem in order to figure out what to do. You tell Watson Conversation that someone is having a seizure, and are told how to help the victim until the "first responder" arrives.

Hopefully no one will be in a situation where they will need to use First Aid, but scenarios like this are all too common.

Several countries do not have enough ambulances or emergency numbers people can use if they are ever in an emergency. In countries where first responders in abundance, people are reluctant to use them because of the high cost and slow response time due to traffic.

First Aid hopes to combat this by using the community to help out neighbors in their time of need. "First responders" are volunteers from within the community that have cars and are willing to drive people to the hospital in emergencies. While they are waiting for the first responder and/or on route to the hospital, First Aid will provided them with medical procedures through IBM Watson that they can do. The descriptions they give of the injuries will also be used to notify the hospital so that they can prepare for the patients arrival. We hope no one is ever in a situation where they need to use First Aid, but if they do, we hope it is helpful.

We had a lot of complex ideas for the project, and struggled figuring out our main focus points.

One time I was cooking and I cut off my finger. I did not know what to do! I couldn't google it because iIdid not have a finger, but I could use First Aid. I requested a first responder, and described my injury on Medical Tips. I am so thankful for First Aid.

Ashley M. is a rising junior. She lives in Princeton, New Jersey with her family, but is originally from Cameroon. She was came up with First Aid after her grandfather was struck by a motorcycle in Cameroon in a part of the country where there are no ambulances or 911. She took a coding class prior to participating in the Summer Immersion Program, and is planning on pursuing a computer science major in college.

Rimsha R. is a rising senior. She lives in Astoria,NY. She took a 2 week long coding course in summer 2015 at NYU and heard about Girls Who Code through her teacher.

Eden L. is a rising senior who has lived in Manhattan/Brooklyn her whole life. She took a Scratch computer science class for one semester in school and heard about Girls Who Code through a GWC attendee that made the game Tampon Run. She is an artist and was thinking about becoming an architect, but is now considering computer science for at least a minor in college.


This project was made by Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program students at IBM (NYC).