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11th Annual Pace Pitch Contest - Crime Scan - Wei Xia & Shane Duda


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The Pace Pitch Contest is based on the Elevator Pitch concept, popular in the venture capital community. It is an extremely concise presentation of an entrepreneur's idea, business model, marketing strategy, competitive analysis, and financial plan, which is delivered to potential investors. The premise is that it could be made in a few minutes, should the entrepreneur spot a potential investor on an elevator and have the opportunity to pitch their idea during the brief ride.

Each Finalist will have exactly three minutes to pitch their new venture idea to a distinguished panel of judges and an enthusiastic audience. In addition to broad participation at Pace, we have been pleased to welcome student competitors from a number of other universities, including Columbia, Harvard, MIT, NYU, Princeton, and Stanford.

Crime Scan is a lifestyle app designed to provide accurate information about criminal reports in your area. Using information from the crime map statistics from nyc.gov, Safe Scan provides up to date crime statistics for your entire area as well as for your individual location. The app is designed with the busy city resident in mind. The app’s main feature is its responsive nature. Instead of just functioning as a mobile database as many crime scanning apps act as, Crime Scan is able to utilize the data is a responsive manner. If you find yourself in a location that makes you feel unsafe, you can utilize the main tabs scan function and the app will read the data and provide color-coded feedback. Green if it deems your area safe, yellow if it deems it questionable and red if deems your area unsafe. The app was designed with a quick, easy user experience in mind. Instead of having to sift through loads of information, the return is just a simple, striking color that your brain can easily decode.

The app has two main tabs. The first tab is the Crime Map tab, the second being the scan tab. The Crime Map tab has the main map separated with the data provided by nyc.gov, where you can examine the last few months of data. The scan tab is where you can both scan your surrounding area and input a destination, where the app can test how safe the route is. This app was designed with people who live in densely packed areas in mind.

Presented by:
Wei Xia, Shane Duda

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