Simpson Students Capture Innovation Award for Crime-Fighting App

Simpson College is home of the Student Innovators of the Year in Iowa.

Scott Henry and Thomas Klein captured the Prometheus Award for their work in developing a phone app through the EMERGE@Simpson program.

The Prometheus Awards, described as “Iowa’s premier event for technology,” are sponsored by The Technology Association of Iowa.

The association’s recognition confirms the message that Simpson has been sending to prospective students and anyone interested in technology and entrepreneurship: Why wait until graduation when you can develop your ideas today in a supportive campus setting?

“Our team went up against the best Iowa, Iowa State, and UNI had to offer and won,” said Chris Draper, director of EMERGE@Simpson. “Through EMERGE, I am certain this will be the first of many Simpson teams to compete and win against the best our state has to offer.”

Henry and Klein, along with Henry’s brother, Mike, a Simpson alum, developed the Snitch’n phone app after the idea was proposed by another Simpson student, Emma Negrete.

Snitch’n allows users to scroll through photos of people wanted by police and then send anonymous tips directly to the officer investigating the case.

To read the Des Moines Register’s coverage of the Prometheus Awards:

The Snitch’n phone app also was a finalist for Mobile App of the Year, but that award went to John Deere’s Mobile Data Transfer.

The awards banquet was held April 16 in Des Moines. Representing Simpson were the Henry brothers, Klein, Emma Negrete and her father, John, Draper and Sally Kreamer, director of the Fifth Judicial District’s Department of Correctional Services, which is using the Snitch’n app.