Dawn Jensen has designed a phone app called Home Safely Now.
Dawn Jensen has designed a phone app called Home Safely Now. Robyne Cuerel

M'boro woman's Home Safely Now app to launch by Easter

FIVE years ago Maryborough's Dawn Jensen came up with a new idea to use technology to help keep people safe.

The plan has now become a new smartphone application, set to go into beta testing in the next few weeks.

The app, dubbed Home Safely Now, is then expected to be launched for Apple iPhones by Easter and for Android systems by the end of June.

Mrs Jensen said people would be able to let their loved ones know their location and send a message quickly to their nominated people.

It is designed for people travelling, going out for the night, or those who feel worried in a strange situation.

As the world wide web turns 25, Mrs Jensen says her app is an example of how the Fraser Coast needs to embrace technology.

Building an app has been a "huge learning curve" for Mrs Jensen.

Mrs Jensen uses Skype to chat face-to-face with Melbourne company Buzinga hired to help build her app.

She also launched a crowd-funding campaign on website www.indiegogo.com to help fund it.

Mrs Jensen urged other people with an idea to take the leap.

"Start looking in to it," she said. "It's just finding the right people to help you."

World Wide Web turns 25

  • The world wide web, which is separate from the internet, turned 25 on March 12
  • The milestone refers to a proposal made in 1989 by Tim Berners-Lee to use software applications he called web browsers that have since developed into webpages
  • Mr Berners-Lee has launched a campaign to coincide with the 25th year of his invention about the future of the web. Visit www.webat25.org for more information

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