ICE Alumnae Earn Nationwide Attention for Yelp-for-police App


August 20, 2014

As many families discuss police behavior in the wake of a fatal shooting in Ferguson, MO, several teenagers here in Georgia have actually done something about it: Create an app.

The app, called “Five-O,” is designed to let users report and rate their interactions with police. The app, which has been in beta testing, is scheduled to be released on Monday for Apple and Android devices. 

The app was designed by the Christian siblings: Ima, 16; Asha, 15; and Caleb, 14. The Christian family was featured this week in a Washington Post article that highlights their new app. Click here.

The app, described as “a Yelp for police,” enables people to provide detailed information about their interaction with police, such as where an incident took place, descriptions of victims and perpetrators, and a rating about law enforcement response. The app is available through their company page at Pinetart.

Both Ima and Asha attended a College of Computing summer camp on app development in Java, sponsored by the Institute for Computing Education (ICE).

“ICE introduces students to computing in engaging ways and promotes using computing to help students realize that they can make a difference in their world,” said Barbara Ericson, director of computing outreach for ICE, adding that said she was pleased the two teenagers, working with their brother, Caleb, have already made a mark with their work.

Ericson said ICE has been working to increase the quantity and diversity of computing students since 2004.  ICE offers computing summer camps, competitions, a lending library, and teacher professional development.  ICE started Project Rise Up 4 CS in 2013 to increase the number of African American students in Georgia who pass the Advanced Placement Computer Science A exam.  In 2013, Georgia had 28 African American students pass the exam, which is the highest number ever for the state.