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September 12, 2019

FirstNet Hackathon Focuses on Developing Apps for Public Safety

Posted by AT&T Indiana Team

FirstNet Hackathon Event

$50,000 in prizes up for grabs during event that utilizes the FirstNet communications platform to address challenges faced by first responders


For the fourth year in a row, AT&T* will host one of the state’s largest hackathons.  The “FirstNet Hackathon: The Road to 5G” event, held at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway Sept. 13 and 14, gathers software developers from across Indiana to create mobile apps that assist firefighters, law enforcement and emergency management services using FirstNet services. 

FirstNet is the new platform designed to improve communications across public safety entities nationwide, allowing first responders to easily and quickly communicate with one another during everyday situations, emergencies or big events. The FirstNet App Catalog is an invaluable resource serving public safety agencies, first responders and the developer community creating innovative apps for public safety. The App Catalog serves as a single-stop for agencies and first responders to find secure, reliable, public-safety relevant apps.

Highlights of the hackathon will include:

  • Developers working furiously over two days to create mobile apps in three challenge categories: public safety, in general; the opioid crisis; and, improved engagement between first responders and the communities they serve.
  • Local speakers who will talk about the importance of “hacking for good,” as well as the three app challenges: Scott Jones, entrepreneur, inventor of voice mail and currently President of Eleven Fifty Academy; Josh Barker, Deputy Chief, Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department; Jason Schaffer, Chief Medical Information Officer for IU Health; and, Rev. Markel Hutchins, Founder of MovementForward, Inc. and One Congregation One Precinct (OneCOP).
  • $50,000 in prizes for the winning teams.
  • The announcement of an AT&T Foundation grant to the Indy Public Safety Foundation that will amount to the largest in the nonprofit’s history. This grant is part of AT&T’s “Believe Indy” initiative, which is focused on reducing violent crime in Indianapolis.
  • First responders assisting developers as they create their apps.
  • Numerous public safety vehicles, as well as technologies from FirstNet ecosystem collaborators such as IBM, Dell Technologies, Mutualink, Sonim Technologies and the Indiana Management Performance Hub.


Friday, Sept. 13, 2019

  • 6:00 p.m.: Announcement of an AT&T Foundation grant to the Indy Public Safety Foundation (in IMS Pagoda)
  • 7:45 p.m.: Hackathon speakers (in IMS Pavilion)
  • 8:15 p.m.: Developers get started, and work through the night (in IMS Media Center)

Saturday, Sept. 14, 2019

  • All day: Developers continue to work on their apps (Media Center)
  • 7:00 p.m.: Winning teams and descriptions of their apps announced (Media Center)

Indianapolis Motor Speedway
4790 W. 16th St.
Indianapolis, IN  46222

Note:  Enter from 16th St. South Entrance, Gate 2.  Looks for signs that will direct you to parking near the Pagoda.


Software developers from all over the state developing apps to benefit public safety.  Individuals and teams representing Purdue University, Ivy Tech, Indiana University, Butler University, Western Governors University and Indianapolis-area tech companies are expected.

First responders working with developers

Public safety vehicles and technology

AT&T presentation of “big check” to the Indy Public Safety Foundation


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