Tuesday, 08 May 2018 02:44

Motorola set to stage hackathon for third year


The Motorola Solutions hackathon will be staged for the third year in Melbourne this month, with public safety organisations including Victoria Police, Victoria State Emergency Service, Ambulance Victoria and Crime Stoppers Tasmania collaborating with developer teams on real world challenges they face in their daily work.

The hackathon will take place from 14 to 16 May and 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 $25,000 and support to grow its business and further develop its solutions to make them commercially available.

And development firms will own full IP rights for any solutions they develop.

This year’s event will utilise Motorola Solutions’ 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 operation picture of critical incidents as they unfold, drawing on multiple information sources from radio networks, CCTV, resource and location data and social media feeds.

Motorola says CommandCentral Aware will also be used to showcase the apps developed during the hackathon and to highlight the benefits of sharing the right information at the right time between public safety control room operatives and first responders working in the field.

The company says previous winners have experienced significant momentum and growth. Among former winners are Western Australian developer, Fleetsu, which used its victory to accelerate entry into new markets, increase its staffing levels and open a satellite office in Brisbane. Last year’s winner, Northern Territory-based business system developer Radical Systems, has also experienced considerable growth.

“Our hackathons have really helped to accelerate 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 investment we continue to make with our growing graduate 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.”

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Peter Dinham

Peter Dinham - retired and is a "volunteer" writer for iTWire. He is a veteran journalist and corporate communications consultant. He has worked as a journalist in all forms of media – newspapers/magazines, radio, television, press agency and now, online – including with the Canberra Times, The Examiner (Tasmania), the ABC and AAP-Reuters. As a freelance journalist he also had articles published in Australian and overseas magazines. He worked in the corporate communications/public relations sector, in-house with an airline, and as a senior executive in Australia of the world’s largest communications consultancy, Burson-Marsteller. He also ran his own communications consultancy and was a co-founder in Australia of the global photographic agency, the Image Bank (now Getty Images).

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