Parachute was created at the TechCrunch Disrupt NY 2015 Hackathon as Witness on May 2nd, 2015. 24 hours later, it went on to win the grand prize.
Initially inspired by a series of events where the outcome hinged on a chance recording by a nearby witness, Parachute has grown into a widespread tool for emergencies, from personal health and personal safety, to investigative journalism and upholding human rights worldwide.
We believe that everyday devices, like our phones, can go a very long way in keeping us safe and we strive to provide the simplest, fastest and most reliable experience in the event of an emergency. As personal devices become more and more ubiquitous, we keep pushing the boundaries of what is technologically possible to make the world a safer place.