Motorola to Host Hackathon for Public- Safety Apps in Sydney
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 | Comments

Motorola Solutions will host a “hackathon” in New South Wales, Australia. The 48-hour challenge aims to develop technology solutions to overcome complex operational challenges faced by the state’s government and public-safety agencies.

The event will take place in Sydney 13 – 15 September and will start with participating agencies and organizations, including government and public-safety agencies in New South Wales, describing daily operational challenges they hope to solve with new, data-driven applications. In response, external application developers and teams from Motorola Solutions will apply the principles of agile software development to develop new technology solutions.

The objective of the event is to develop new technologies that strengthen situational awareness, collaboration, safety and emergency response for Australia’s government and public-safety organizations. This includes the development of solutions that harness and share critical information with and between first responders and the community, providing better access to information.

The winning app development team will receive an A$25,000 (US$19,800) prize. All solutions developed during the hackathon will remain the intellectual property of app developers, meaning participants will be free to develop their solutions further after the event, with support from Motorola Solutions if they wish.

Hackathons help to generate fresh ideas to overcome complex challenges, said Steve Crutchfield, Motorola Solutions vice president and managing director for Australia and New Zealand.

“As a company that develops technologies to serve the emergency services sector, we have long understood how important mission-critical voice communications are to achieving the right outcomes,” he said. “Now, in this new environment, we also understand that software can help to save a life or a business. Hackathons help us to enrich our approach to innovation, enabling us to work with a variety of experts to develop much-needed technology solutions.”

Motorola Solutions held a 2016 hackathon in Brisbane, which was won by Perth-based startup Fleetsu. Fleetsu’s winning solution from the 2016 event, a fleet asset management app, helps organizations to optimize and coordinate the use of vehicles, machinery and other equipment. The company’s founder and CEO Jakub Felinski said the victory was a turning point for his business.

“Since the win, our business has grown at a phenomenal rate, almost tripling in size,” Felinski said.
“The hackathon helped us to grow and become more competent and mature as a business, and we have used the victory as a reference point to secure a number of new contracts.
Since last year’s win, we have narrowed our focus, becoming more niche and pursuing the right business opportunities to enable our long-term growth and success.”

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