Virginia Tech: Mistakes & Takeaways in Keeping Students Safe

Virginia Tech: Mistakes & Takeaways in Keeping Students Safe

Ten years ago, a student at Virginia Tech opened fire on classmates, killing 32 and injuring 17 — all in just 11 minutes. The shootings, which law enforcement called the worst mass-shooting in U.S. history, forever changed emergency management and response across the nation — particularly in schools. “Deadliest mistake” What’s most alarming to education…

Peer Feedback: How School, College Officials Are Using Emergency Notification Systems

Peer Feedback: How School, College Officials Are Using Emergency Notification Systems

When crises strike, rushing to compose emails, make calls, and update social media accounts while muttering a prayer under your breath doesn’t cut it when you have minutes (or seconds!) to broadcast critical or life-saving information. Beyond the potential human cost, slow or inadequate emergency communications have a way of triggering public relations disasters-something you…

So, a Teacher, a Sheriff, a Principal and Two Engineers Walk Into a Room

So, a Teacher, a Sheriff, a Principal and Two Engineers Walk Into a Room

It was a dream come true for a tech guy—the one immersed in IP addresses and back-end programming—to be in the presence of the very users we design for. We talked everything from user interface design to a shooter detection system that detects and tracks gunshots throughout a space and can launch a map to…