In tandem with the prize, Shape-Up was also named a Solver with MIT Solve, a marketplace for social impact innovation. The Boston-based team is led by Dr. Jonathan Jay at the Boston University School of Public Health. Shape-Up uses artificial intelligence, which learns to spot high-risk landscapes using aerial imagery and violence data, and community reports of unfavorable neighborhood conditions.
Everytown for Gun Safety Support Fund funded the prize in partnership with MIT Solve.
“A growing body of research shows that improving public spaces can have profound effects on neighborhood safety, said Nick Suplina, managing director for law and policy for Everytown for Gun Safety. “The team behind Shape-Up has cracked the code on identifying where to prioritize that work in the hardest hit neighborhoods. Innovative, thoughtful uses of data like this can lead the way as cities work to reduce gun violence.”
“We’re usually talking about places that have seen decades of public and private disinvestment,” said Dr. Jonathan Jay of the Boston University School of Public Health, who leads the Shape-Up team. “There are lots of reasons for city governments to address physical deterioration in these spaces, one of which is that it can save lives.”
Information about crime prevention through environmental design is available here.
Did you know?
Every day, more than 110 Americans are killed with guns.
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, National Center for Health Statistics. WONDER Online Database, Underlying Cause of Death. A yearly average was developed using five years of the most recent available data: 2016 to 2020. Everytown For Gun Safety Support Fund