As we celebrate Black History Month, we pay homage to those who have paved a foundation on which future generations can build. From politicians to activists, to inventors, there are names such as Carver, Jordan, and Douglas that will forever be etched in our memories. Taking up the torch to continue the tradition of invention are Georgia-based 13-year-old techie Charlie Lucas and his 15-year-old sister, Hannah.
Lucas’s 15-year-old sister Hannah was diagnosed with Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, (POTS), that caused her to faint almost 200 times during her freshman year. As a result, Hannah began developing anxiety and depression, which eventually led to self-harm. However, Hannah came up with an idea to turn her darkest moments in life into something special for many.
“My mom was my rock throughout everything. She was holding me one night after a rough day; we were both crying. In my hysterics, I cried out ‘I wish there was an app that could notify people when I was about to faint.’ The idea stuck with me and the notOK app™ was born,” Hannah told her local newspaper in an interview.
To help her dream come to fruition, the teen enlisted the help of her 13-year-old brother whose family nickname is “Tech Support”.
“One morning, she told me about an idea for an app she had, and I figured, maybe this was one way I could actually help her.”