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Clemson student has entrepreneurial idea to help emergency responders

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Clemson student designs software for first responders (July 12, 2017/FOX Carolina) Clemson student designs software for first responders (July 12, 2017/FOX Carolina)
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It’s going to be a busy senior year for Clemson student, Clint Walker. He’s not only focusing on graduating, but he’s also working on software that could make mass evacuations quicker and more efficient.

"The staff of the facility would be able to check in and out the residents as they evacuate,” said Walker.

He is a local firefighter. It’s how he came up with the idea. He says sometimes calls they respond to can be chaotic and organization can help the situation immensely.

"A lot of the times they don't know who's in the structure...where they're at in the structure,” explained Walker, “That causes a lot of problems for them."

He’s working with the Clemson Downs Assisted Living Facility to help organize their residents so they can relay information to other workers or first responders in the case of an emergency through mobile devices.

"They can search for their names, look at pictures, and mark them as accounted for,” said Walker.

Clemson Downs executive director John LeHeup says he’s never seen a tool like the one Walker is developing for emergency evacuations.

"It would make us more efficient and efficiency is the key to any industry,” said LeHeup.

Clint got a little boost from the university's Spiro Institute, which has a special purpose for its chosen students.

"It's to sow seeds into our students in regards to entrepreneurship,” said associate director of Spiro Institute Dr. John Hannon.

Hannon says entrepreneurs are often told "no" more often than "yes." The institute helps connect students to resources and mentors to get students off on the right foot before they step off campus.

"This is absolutely the best place to experiment in college with these types of ideas,” said Hannon, “The risk of failing is very low and the access to resources is extremely high."

As for Clint, he says the process would have been much bumpier had it not been for the Spiro Institute.

"They gave me a broader view of what could be possible," he said.

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