A new app created in Oklahoma hopes to change the way we interact with police officers.
It’s called Blue Jay and connects officers to the drivers they stop during a traffic stop.
The app would allow drivers to notify an officer if a weapon is in the vehicle and also self-identify any disabilities or language barriers the driver may have.
The founders of the Blue Jay app are embarking on a major opportunity. They work with Gener8tor, a venture capital firm.
Gener8tor’s Claudius Taylor said the partnership helps them take it to the next level.
“Specifically, the g-beta program is a seven-week accelerator program that we run here for companies like Blue Jay, where we prepare them to invest and take them to the next stage to raise capital,” said Taylor said.
App co-founder James Foster said mentoring is already making a difference.
“Since then, we’ve built some really impactful connections and networking dynamics with business leaders and different advocates and influences across the country, and we’re now starting to get some traction with piloting in different states,” said said Foster.
Blue Jay was one of a select group of social impact companies chosen for this opportunity.
“Generally, when it comes to humanity, well-being, and economic impact, it’s about finding the best and the brightest in those specific areas,” Taylor said.
They are creating a national platform to share this project which started in Oklahoma.
“It really means a lot to us because we really want Blue Jay to be something out of Oklahoma, and so seeing people interested in different states really means a lot to us,” Foster said.
The next step – Gbeta, a gener8tor program – is hosting a virtual pitch night on December 6 where developers of the Blue Jay app can share their mission.