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AT&T Mobile App Hackathon - DFW Dallas - Public Safety

NOTE: Please RSVP on the Meetup site to let others know you plan on attending but you MUST register on EventBrite to participate in the Hackathon.

From the Event website:

Did you know that mobile apps can be built in a day?

Come to an AT&T Public Safety Mobile App Hackathon to find out how. With the adoption of 4G LTE, law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel will finally leverage the same high-speed data networks the general public uses every day. Vaulting them into the world of networked communications, these first responders will need mobile apps to help respond to emergencies more efficiently, fight crime more effectively, and help make our communities safer.

How can you help this community? Building on commercially available software, leveraging APIs from AT&T , and engineering support from these tech powerhouses, you’ll be able to work with some of America’s finest with actual police, fire, and EMS communications experts on hand. Additionally, you will have application security experts from Department of Homeland Security assisting you to enhance the function, performance, and security of your application that is critical to public safety.

This is an important market with many opportunities for developers. By hacking for public safety mobile apps, developers can mature their ideas, get involved in an exciting community, and create something to further the greater social good.

Haven't been to a hackathon before? Read this FAQ.

Event Schedule.  The following is a list of the weekends agenda

Friday - June 20th

6PM - Friday Evening - Kickoff event with dinner, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.7PM - Friday Evening - Speakers present (please see below for list)8PM - Friday Evening - Pitch ideas and form teams

Saturday - June 21st

10AM - Saturday Morning -  The fun continues with breafast served in the morning! Work with the teams from Friday to complete the app spec’d. Senseis will be available throughout the entire day to help you code up your solution. App submissions will be accepted throughout the day with a deadline of 6PM.1PM - Saturday Afternoon - Lunch is Served6PM - Saturday Evening - Pencils down. Please sign up your teams to present via this link:

 Pitches start promptly at 6PM and are limited to three (3) minutes per team. No powerpoints unless you are only presenting an idea.

Challenges. The challenges below were offered to assist teams with creating apps that will truly benefit first responsers. Each challenge has been carefully vetted by the Public Safety experts and will offer an accelerator prize for best in class:

Communications: TBA

Situational Awareness: TBA

Augmented Reality: TBA

Location Challenge: TBA 

Judging Criteria. Apps will be judged based on the criteria below and weighted accordingly.  

33% Weight - Ability to clearly articulate what your app does
33% Weight - Originality of idea
33% Weight - Fulfills the function, performance, and security considerations of first responders.

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