Emergency services and app developers unite for Motorola Solutions 2018 hackathon
Public safety-focused event to ignite creativity, spur creation of advanced software solutions
That’s what to expect when public safety agencies and developers come together for the Motorola Solutions (NYSE: MSI) 2018 hackathon in Melbourne from May 14-16.
Now in its third year, the fast-paced 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.
Public safety organisations including Victoria Police, Victoria State Emergency Service, Ambulance Victoria and Crime Stoppers Tasmania will collaborate closely 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. Participating app developers this year include online social impact firm Battlerz, Mastercom as well as student teams from Melbourne University, RMIT and Swinburne.
The winning team will be awarded AUD $25,000 in prize money and support to grow their business and further develop their solutions to make them commercially available.
Development firms will own all IP rights in any applications they develop at the hackathon.
A new approach to innovation
When a major incident occurs, emergency services need dependable technologies and tools to securely share and receive real-time updates with other public safety agencies and tap into broader information from the public and other sources.
This year’s event will utilise software development tools provided by Motorola Solutions’, including its CommandCentral Aware platform to integrate a variety of voice, video and data intelligence sources that provide deeper insights for emergency services organisations.
The cloud-based platform is designed to provide agencies with a common, real-time operating picture of critical incidents as they unfold, drawing on multiple information sources from radio networks, CCTV, resource and location data and social media feeds.
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.
Competition stimulates growth for Australian developers
Previous winners have used their triumphs in Motorola Solutions hackathons as a springboard for further growth and momentum. Among past winners are Western Australian developer, Fleetsu, which accelerated its entry into new markets, increased its staffing levels and opened a satellite office in Brisbane. Last year’s winner, Northern Territory-based business system developer Radical Systems, also experienced considerable growth since winning the event.
“Our hackathons have really helped to drive growth and new opportunities for all participants,” said Steve Crutchfield, Vice President and Managing Director, Motorola Solutions Australia and New Zealand.
“Even more importantly, these events have helped Australia’s emergency services and developer teams to realise how much they can achieve together to address real world needs within the rapidly-changing public safety and security landscape.
“Working closely with developers through the hackathon also injects fresh energy into our business and complements the growing investment we are making with our graduate recruitment program.”
“Through the use of advanced command centre technologies including CommandCentral, this year’s event will take collaboration and solutions development between public safety agencies and developers to new heights,” Crutchfield said.
The 2018 Public Safety Hackathon will take place at PwC Melbourne on Riverside Quay from May 14-16. For further information please contact Aditi Sabnis on +61 451 211 386 or [email protected]
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