AT&T Mobile App Hackathon Bay Area - Public Safety

Alex Donn (AT&T Developer Program)

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM (PST)

Palo Alto, CA

AT&T Mobile App Hackathon Bay Area - Public Safety

Ticket Information

Type End Quantity
Developer (I build, hack, and code awesomeness!) Dec 12, 2014 Free  
I'm a visual designer or a UX designer (I create delightful experiences) Dec 12, 2014 Free  
Business person (I have ideas and know how to sell) Dec 12, 2014 Free  
Student (looking to learn about app creation and startups!) Dec 12, 2014 Free  
Staff and Technical Support (Employees of AT&T and Senseis) Dec 12, 2014 Free  
First Responder (I protect the community) Dec 12, 2014 Free  

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Event Details

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 local 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.

We Supply: Quick presentations and code samples that help to bootstrap your hacking, food to keep you going, and caffeine to keep you awake. Along with technical senseis to assist you in building faster, smarter, and with new tools.

You Bring: Your laptop, skills & ideas. Come with a collaborative, team focused mindset and/or team up in advance on Twitter/Facebook/Google+ via the #atthack hashtag. Whether you are a backend person, designer, entrepreneur, student, or just interested in tech; you are invited to attend this event. Every group needs a good balance of talent and your development skills are needed!

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

Event Schedule.  The following is a list of the weekend's agenda:

  • Day 1
    • 6PM - Kickoff event with dinner, networking, and developer dating which leads into idea pitches and team formation.
    • 7PM - Speakers present (please see below for list)
    • 8PM - Pitch ideas and form teams
  • Day 2
    • 10AM - The fun continues with breakfast served in the morning! Work with the teams from Day 1 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.
    • 10:30AM - For those of you that haven't built apps before, we will be running a special full stack training session! Please RSVP here:
    • 1PM - Lunch is Served
    • 6PM - 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:

  • Public Safety Collaboration Challenge: First responders must efficiently and effectively collaborate with each other to save lives and property. Communicating with team members, as well as with other departments and agencies, requires a robust and resilient interoperable collaboration platform.  Add in the immense quantities of data from the environment, their databases, the video surveillance networks, and social media…you can see it’s a real challenge!  Winning this challenge requires the best app for responder collaboration with each other in as simple and streamlined a manner as possible. How can your app help responders working together to solve an issue more effectively and efficiently?

  • Public Safety Wearables and Embedded Systems Challenge: Imagine an app that can gather, analyze, interpret and distribute data coming from the smartphone, sensors, watches, Glass, and other wearables on a first responder.  This challenge will focus on the actionable information from a wearable to save lives and/or property.  Be sure to learn more about the Personal Protection Equipment (PPE) that your responder is already wearing to make your creation most effective!  This challenge will be awarded on the creativity and effectiveness of the app for the first responder.


Prizes. The following prizes are experiential and geared towards accelerating you towards a successful business as well as expanding your network and industry knowledge:

  • Best Overall Public Safety App
    • 1st Place - $500 in gift cards for the team to split
  • Best Public Safety Collaboration Challenge App
    • 1st Place - $500 in gift cards for the team to split
  • Best Public Safety Wearables and Embedded Systems Challenge App
    • 1st Place - $500 in gift cards for the team to split
  • Best Use of AT&T WebRTC APIs
    • 1st Place - $500 in gift cards for the team to split

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.

Hackathon Legal. 

Social Media. 
  • Follow us @attdeveloper for live updates and photos from the event




Alina Adams
Alex Donn, Senior Marketing Manager at AT&T, is based out of sunny Seattle! His passion is educating developers young and old about mobile application development best practices through events like hackathons that fuse the collective interests of multiple technology and business leaders. He loves bacon and is allergic to all types of gluten. Alina Adams is a serial entrepreneur working on high tech companies across multiple industries. With advanced degrees in both engineering and business, she has an emphasis on new technologies in the IT and Software Development space. She works with companies, investor groups, accelerators and entrepreneurs in Silicon Valley and beyond to build a supportive ecosystem for innovation and value creation. Alina is a member of several global organizations that help entrepreneurs, assisting startups with business development strategy, fundraising and growth strategy.








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260 Homer Ave

Palo Alto, CA 94301

Friday, December 12, 2014 at 6:00 PM - Saturday, December 13, 2014 at 9:00 PM (PST)

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Alex Donn (AT&T Developer Program)

Hi! I am a developer evangelist with the AT&T Developer Program and specialize in rapid mobile app development


If you have any questions about this event or mobile application development in general, please find me on Twitter and message me!

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