Third Australian Public-Safety Hackathon Scheduled
Wednesday, May 09, 2018 | Comments

Motorola Solutions will hold its third annual hackathon in Melbourne 14 – 16 May. During the event, Australia’s public-safety agencies will describe operational challenges, and application developers will respond, racing to build much needed technologies to make communities safer.

The event is designed to stimulate agile development and innovation with software developers creating new applications to help Australian emergency services work faster, safer and more productively.

Victoria Police, Victoria State Emergency Service, Ambulance Victoria and Crime Stoppers Tasmania will collaborate with developer teams on real-world challenges they face in their daily work. Developer teams will have just 44 hours to develop software applications to support first responders and other emergency workers.

The winning team will be awarded A$25,000 (US$18,600) in prize money and support to increase its business and further develop solutions to make them commercially available. Development firms will own all IP rights in any applications they develop at the hackathon.

Amazon Web Services is providing training and technical support to help developers access cloud-based tools and enhance their app development capabilities.

This year’s event will use software development tools, including Motorola’s CommandCentral Aware platform to integrate a variety of voice, video and data intelligence sources that provide deeper insights for emergency services organizations. CommandCentral Aware will also be used by competing teams at the hackathon to showcase the apps they have developed and to highlight the benefits of sharing the right information at the right time between public-safety operatives working in control room and first responders in the field.

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