Langston Whitlock is taking the tech world by storm
The 16-year-old Atlanta-based engineer is the co-founder and CIO of SAFETRIP, the world’s first healthcare transportation mobile app and digital health platform.
Users can harness Whitlock’s patented technology to book non-emergency and emergency medical transport. Users are offered premium cars, vans, wheelchair accessible vehicles, and ambulances with the option of paying for services with insurance.
Whitlock was one of the youngest founders named to 2019’s Forbes 30 Under 30. He says his age doesn’t really deter him from achieving his goals.
“My age wasn’t a big challenge because the people around me believed in my skill. I’m also humble enough to ask adults for help in the tech field so they’re more inclined to provide opportunities for me,” Whitlock told AfroTech.
Since its inception, SAFETRIP has raised $2 million in funding, due in large part to Whitlock’s technology. He started coding at the age of 12 when he built an anonymous messaging app to contact his absent father. He says this project helped guide him toward his greater purpose.
“Whatever you’re good at is likely what you’re called to do, and never give up. Even if your dad walks out of your life, pray to God and try to move forward with your life. God will provide resources” said Whitlock.
The idea for SAFETRIP came when its co-founder Ja’Nese Jean, saw a homeless veteran who didn’t have access to healthcare. She then formed a team and brought on Whitlock because she knew about his talent, skills, and passion for technology.
“I never thought that it would lead me to where I am today,” Whitlock said. “I’ve met so many people who have pushed me to become greater and I look forward to inspiring others.”
Although it primarily operates out of Georgia, the company has plans to expand to other parts of the country. SAFETRIP can be found in the IOS and Android stores.