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Urgent, Inc. interns create mobile app

Students take Dorsey Park murals off the wall and into your palms

Ashley Montgomery | 7/31/2014, 9 a.m.
With much guidance and hands-on participation, Urgent, Inc. interns were able to take murals for Dorsey Park in the historic ...
Urgent, Inc.'s summer interns unveil their mobile app at the University of Miami in front of community leaders.

With much guidance and hands-on participation, Urgent, Inc. interns were able to take murals for Dorsey Park in the historic Overtown off the wall and into the hands of many around the world.

Last Tuesday at the University of Miami Life Science and Technology Park, Urgent, Inc. Coding summer interns unveiled a unique mobile application. The app, titled Dorsey Detector, takes the artwork of the program’s Arts and Culture interns and mass produces it so that any and everyone outside of Overtown can view it. Commissioner Keon Hardemon; Felecia Hatcher, 2014 White House Champion of Chance for STEM

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Urgent, Inc.’s coding team successfully made an app to honor The Negro League greats.

Access and Diversity; Dr. J. Arenas-Chico; former Cuban/Negro League Baseball Player, Juan Carlos; “JC” del Valle, Assistant VP for Government and Community Relations and Clarence Woods, executive director of the South East Overtown Park West Community Redevelopment Agency were all invited to get a firsthand glance at the mobile app.

Alex Douyon, mural artist and teacher with Urgent, Inc., Rudo Booth and Gessica Tortolano with Monseqaxtle led and instructed the interns throughout the internship.

“Going into this program, I wasn’t sure what to expect,” Jorada Strapp, 23-year-old Cornell University graduate said. “I had no previous experience but I am thankful for the opportunity to learn about it.”

In the past 10 years, growth in STEM careers was three times as fast as employment in non-STEM jobs in the United States, according to a research brief from the Economics and Statistics Administration.

Estefani Arroyo, a recent high school graduate, said this internship has motivated her to change her major as she begins her undergraduate studies at Florida International University.

“I had previously worked with Urgent, Inc. but not through the FACE program,” Arroyo said.

But this year she was able to apply and be a part of the competitive program.

“I feel like coding can be applied to anything,” she said. “I do plan to change my major, I was going to do International Relations or Affairs but as a result of this internship I’m changing it to Computer Science or Web Design.”

Now working toward dental school thanks the FACE program because it has broadened her mind more than previously.

“I feel that tech is so applicable, I now see so many ways that I can integrate towards my journey as a dentist as well as something separately,” Strapp said. “It’s not a 9 to 5 sort of thing so I can do it in addition to my pre-dental studies.”

RICH HISTORY

Dorsey Detector can be downloaded on any Apple or Android device. The idea of this all stemmed from historic Overtown’s rich history. Many of the students were given an idea of all the Overtown had to offer the community decades ago by Strapp says she was elated to be able to bring the idea to life and share with so many others around the world.

“We did a lot of research,” she said. “We created a layout of the app and functionality allows you to scan the players on the mural to get their history. It was a wonderful feeling because there’s so many negative feelings towards Overtown so having to opportunity to show the positive things about it to the world is a great feeling.”

Commissioner Hardemon endorsed the idea and was very excited to see it come to life.

“The launching of the app was really successful and we got to hear a lot of influential people speak,” Arroyo said.