Improved mobile 911 that shares your precise location, picture, and medical conditions with dispatch for faster emergency response.

Issue Area: Emergency Health Care System

BlueLight - How it works

The Idea

We’re building a mobile app, BlueLight, that routes emergency calls to the appropriate responder and promotes everyday safety. It’s already routing multiple emergency calls per day and has been requested by students at over 450 campuses across the USA.

Smartphones can pinpoint our location instantly, but our landlines-dependent 911 system doesn’t know where you are. Less than 30% of mobile 911 calls in Silicon Valley, for example, come with location data. We close that gap, plus loop in campus security, ski patrol and other non-911 dispatchers to get users the fastest help possible.

Primary Users

Currently our primary users are students on college campuses. However, better emergency response is something everyone can benefit from. In particular, the elderly and people with chronic medical conditions. BlueLight’s ability to provide responders with a caller’s location, picture, known medical conditions, allergies and medications is extremely valuable.


  • Preet Anand, CEO
  • Motiejus Osipovas, Cofounder and Android Engineer
  • Lauren Wilbanks, Head of Communications
  • Peter Antypas, Architect and Founding team member
  • Alyssa Pelletier, Lead Designer

The Other Finalists:

  • BlueLight: Improved mobile 911 that shares your precise location, picture, and medical conditions with dispatch for faster emergency response.
  • bluField, Inc: In danger? Instantly broadcast your exact indoor/outdoor location to 911 using your city’s BTLE beacon network and the tourism app, Stroll.
  • CareIT *: A virtual Doctor's office, a medical services marketplace, your online medical home. The perfect complement to high deductible health insurance policies.
  • Community Health TV*: Video-based healthcare programming that educates and empowers minority audiences.
  • Concrn: the compassionate response network. We connect peer responders to people in need of support.
  • HabitatMap, Inc: AirBeam, a wearable air monitor that maps, graphs & crowdsources your pollution exposures in real-time.
  • Knock Software: building better tools to engage citizen advocates and cities around bike infrastructure. Where, when and why are people riding bikes?
  • Memorandum: intelligent mobile messaging to advance health literacy, patient care and chronic disease management for all populations
  • Walk[YourCity] Park and Walk: Banish parking pains. Enjoy your city on foot. Park-and-walk for a happier, healthier community!
  • WeWalk, Inc: gamifying fitness and encourages kids to learn about their city.

* These two of the finalists were also selected as finalists for funding with our investment partner Jumpstart Foundry.

Ten finalists from across the country!

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