Singaporean Hackathon Winners Visit Motorola in Chicago
Tuesday, September 25, 2018 | Comments

The winners of a July government-run hackathon in Singapore that challenged participants to design solutions with the application of artificial intelligence (AI) traveled from Singapore to Motorola Solutions’ headquarters.

The students won the hackathon’s open category with a concept addressing Motorola Solutions’ challenge to develop AI-based technology capable of running intelligent video monitoring capabilities that can be mounted to a drone. Motorola this week hosted the winners at its global headquarters in Chicago.

The team of students from Singapore Polytechnic enjoyed an immersive day of innovation, which included pitching their solution concept to senior Motorola Solutions employees, technology demonstrations and a special coaching session with Chief Technology Officer (CTO) Paul Steinberg.

Steinberg said encouraging application developers to solve real-world challenges faced by public safety and enterprise organizations is one important way that Motorola Solutions stimulates innovation across the industry.

“We want the next generation of students and developers thinking about the technology needs of first responders and frontline workers and applying their skills in new ways to address those needs,” he said.

“Supporting talent development at the grassroots level and co-creating new solutions in partnership with our customers also reflects our company’s vision to create safer cities and thriving industries for the future. As Motorola Solutions celebrates its 90th anniversary this week, we continue to encourage students and the wider industry to join us in creating innovative solutions to increase safety and productivity for organizations all over the world.”

At Motorola Solutions’ headquarters, the students learned how innovation could be applied within public safety and enterprise environments through a series of demonstrations. The students also experienced innovations developed in close collaboration with Motorola Solutions’ customers.

“When I served as a firefighter with Singapore’s Civil Defence Force, I was involved in a critical incident response where I didn’t have full access to all the information I needed,” said Caeden Zhao, Singapore Polytechnic student and hackathon winner. “Being able to visualize data brings considerable benefit to public-safety organizations, and it was an eye-opening experience to see the data needed to manage a major event represented in this way.”

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