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Save a selfie to save lives

Monday, 15th February, 2016 5:32pm

Save a selfie to save lives

Sean Peters speaking at the awards ceremony at Wood Quay.

An Ashbourne-based Dublin fireman has been named winner of Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s Animate Programme with his 'Save a Selfie’ App.
Sean Peters founded Save a Selfie, an interactive mobile app that allows members of the public to take 'selfies’ alongside emergency equipment.
These images are uploaded to the platform and its location is tagged on a map. This will help to make critical lifesaving devices easy to find for both the public and the emergency services. Device locations can also be shared on social media in order to help raise awareness of their location in local communities. Save a Selfie will benefit from a €5,000 bursary from the Animate Programme, which will help with its launch.
Seán Peters explains “Save a Selfie provides the much needed link between the public and the emergency services. “As a Dublin fireman and as a volunteer in the Order of Malta, I realise that we need to engage the public more.
The Social Innovation Fund will help us get our app to launch within the next six months and the group mentoring and supports will help to energise our project.”
The awards were presented by Taoiseach Enda Kenny at ceremony in Wood Quay, Dublin, last week.
In December 2015, non-profit organisation Social Innovation Fund Ireland opened the inaugural Animate Programme, which supports early stage innovations, projects and organisations to get to the next stage of their development. Save a Selfie was one of the four winners of the fund’s Animate Programme.
The award consists of a package of financial and non-financial supports that target growth. A grant of up to €10,000 supplements the non-financial support including growth planning supports from a business consultant; a mentor; technical supports; and access to Social Innovation Fund Ireland’s networks. Since launching, the programme has received over 55 high quality applications for all over the country.

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