St John's app winner smart way to help in emergencies

St John Ambulance NSW will launch a smartphone phone app it believes will save lives.

The app, called "Responder App", was the winner of the App Aid competition, against the apps of nine other leading charities, today.

The app was designed to provide St John volunteers with immediate access to information including tips, checklists and patient treatment guides to help in emergency treatment.

Each charity had 48 hours to develop a smartphone app, with the aid of leading software developers, to help support and reach their communities in a relevant and engaging way.

The judges of the App Aid competition were high-profile venture capitalist and former Apple fellow Guy Kawasaki and Vodafone and Vodafone Foundation chief executive officer Bill Morrow.

They said the winning app would help save lives and could be used easily across Australia.

Ilan Lowbeer, a state support services officer from St John Ambulance, said he believed the app would help improve clinical outcomes and the response time to people in need. He said the app would be available by the end of the year.

There were more than 115 entries from Australian charities.

The Vodafone Foundation, which organised the competition, donated $30,000 to St John Ambulance.

It also donated $10,000 to OzHarvest which came second with its app design that will enable food donors to notify the charity when they have food available.

The story St John's app winner smart way to help in emergencies first appeared on The Sydney Morning Herald.

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