Chicago teen hopes to show off babysitting app to Barack Obama
BY ANNA HELING CHICAGO SUN-TIMES April 19, 2013 5:08PM
Shaquiesha Davis, at Chicago Tech Academy , Chicago, on Friday, April 19, 2013. | Ting Shen~Sun-Times Media
Updated: May 22, 2013 6:45AM
Shaquiesha Davis may get to show off her mobile babysitting app to President Barack Obama when she attends the White House Science Fair on Monday.
The Chicago Tech Academy student, who created the parent-friendly “Baby B 4 ME” app in her honors entrepreneurship class, was at home styling her sister’s hair when she learned she was selected as a participant in the Washington D.C. event.
“My first thing was like, ‘Stop lying. I did not get in,’” Davis said. “It was just so unbelievable. I was so overwhelmed and so happy and was at a loss for words.”
Davis’ app lets parents send directions and advice to their children’s caregivers in real-time, provides the opportunity to input emergency contacts and allows the parties access to FaceTime.
As a regular babysitter, Davis, 16, said she realizes how nervous both she and the parents get during babysitting jobs.
“Of course you want to trust who you leave your child with, but when you can check it constantly [through the app], it gives people more trust,” Davis said.
Chicago Tech’s executive director Matt Hancock said that, unlike most students who simply present a business plan for their ideas, Davis forged ahead and developed an app.
“We’ve got a lot of kids who are like, ‘Yeah we want to build an app.’ But between the decision to build it and the ability to persist through it, that’s what makes or breaks an entrepreneur,” Hancock said.
Davis hopes to patent her app and put it on the market. Further down the line, she dreams of opening her own salon where customers can design their own hairstyles on a digital screen.
But up first, hopefully, will be a meeting with the president.
“I think once we shake hands and introduce each other, everybody will be cool,” Davis said.