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HACKATHON 2017 Builds on Shared Successes |

HACKATHON 2017 Builds on Shared Successes

As published in Telecom Times.

Motorola Solutions has officially announced its 2017 Hackathon, set to take place in Sydney from 13-15 September at the Park Royal Hotel in Darling Harbour.

According to Motorola Solutions, the event will focus on developing applications to benefit Australia public safety organisations. 

Steve Crutchfield, managing director, Australia and New Zealand

Steve Crutchfield, managing director, Australia and New Zealand

It also flagged that the event will see participation from government and public safety agencies, including the New South Wales Telco Authority, NSW State Emergency Services and the NSW Department of Environment and Heritage.

‘Like many sectors, the critical communications industry is undergoing disruption and change,” said Motorola Solutions ANZ VP and MD Steve Crutchfield. “At the same time our customers are experiencing considerable change, including greater pressure on their costs and resources as well as the emergence of new threats to the community and their businesses.”

“To succeed in this new world, our business needs to continue to evolve and to bring fresh skills, thinking and talent to solve a new set of challenges,” added Crutchfield. “Our hackathons help us to enrich our approach to innovation and to design and develop much-needed technology solutions.”

Key details:
The event is billed as a fast-paced, 48-hour challenge which starts with government and public safety agencies issuing ‘problem statements’ to developers who design technology services to help overcome these problems.

“The goal is to develop apps to help Australia’s public safety agencies have better access to information where and when they need it most – by harnessing and sharing critical information with and between public safety agencies, first responders and the community,” said Motorola Solutions. “Platforms created by developers will be their own IP, and they will be free to develop them further after the Hackathon, with support from Motorola Solutions if they wish.” 

Hackathon winners Fleetsu

Hackathon winners Fleetsu

Fleetsu – victorious at Motorola Solutions’ 2016 Hackathon event in Queensland – offers a fleet asset management app, designed to optimise and coordinate the use of vehicles, machinery and other equipment. “Since last year’s win the team has expanded from five to nine people,” said Fleetsu. Key wins since include one with a primary Australian heavy hauling companies.

The start-up received A$30,000 in cash from Motorola Solutions and the Queensland government along with an additional A$15,000 of in-kind support from Amazon Web Services to speed up the development and adoption of the platform.

Motorola Solutions is actively calling for more software developers to join the event. Interested parties should call Kym Little on +61 3 9847 7536, or visit the event website for more details.