Harvard Public Safety Innovation Hackathon
Saturday, November 2, 2013 at 10:00 AM - Sunday, November 3, 2013 at 4:30 PM (EDT)
Public murdering in a Kenyan shopping mall, terrorist bombing during the Boston Marathon, school shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School...these are the events that require public safety officers to put their lives on the line in order to protect our communities. How can we help them in this endeavor?
The Public Safety Innovation Hackathon is an event that will give students the power to understand and solve some of the most challenging problems we face: the protection and safety of our communities. We want to connect students with leaders and decision-makers from the field so we can dive deep into the world of public safety and use our technology insight to help solve some of the most pressing issues public safety officers face when protecting our communities. We believe in using technology to make the world a safer place, and we think it’s extremely fulfilling when we get to follow your passion for technology while directly benefiting our communities and helping public safety officers save lives.
Join us for the inaugural Harvard Public Safety Innovation Hackathon on November 2nd -3rd at the Harvard Innovation Lab.
November 2nd - Day 1:
10:00 - 10:30: Arrival/coffee and bagels provided
10:30 - 10:40: Introduction and review agenda
10:40 - 11:20: Guest speaker presentations
11:20 - 11:30: Q&A
11:30 - 11:40: Explanation of Hackathon Problem Statements
11:40 - 12:10: Break into groups and start Brainstorming/form organic teams
12:10 - 2:00 Lunch + Office Hours with guest speakers
2:00 - 6:30: Hack away
7:00: Dinner is brought in
7:15 - whenever: Hack away
November 3rd - Day 2:
10:00 - 12:30: Hack away/coffee and bagels provided
12:30 - 2:00: Lunch + Office Hours with guest speakers
2:00 - 3:00: Hack away
3:00 - 4:00: Demo (3-4 minutes per team)
4:00 - 4:15: Tally up votes/Evidence.com presentation
4:15 - End: Award Presentation
Here is a list of problems and ideas to help you start thinking of what to create. We will have experts and law enforcement officers in the room to answer questions for you and we encourage you try to understand the problems they deal with in the field. We also encourage you to sign up for office hours so you can run ideas through them and use them as a resource to guide the development of your products.
1. Applying Mobile Technology
Rapid advancements in mobile technology has revolutionized our consumer lives, yet many public safety officers still do not use mobile devices as a part of their work. Create a mobile -based solution for a problem that public safety officers currently have.
2. Information Management for Law Enforcement
Public safety officers gathers and processes great amounts of mission-critical information, and yet their information management systems are often more than 5 years old and rely on outdated technologies. Create better ways for public safety officers to collect, manage, and share critical information among each other and the with other people such as lawyers, judges, and communities.
3. Consumerization of Government IT
As government groups start to accept the use of consumer technologies, such as cellphones and cloud computing, there will be an explosion of demand to customize the technology we use in our consumer lives for public safety use. Transform something that consumers use today so that it can be used by public safety agencies.
4. Improve Cross-agency Communication
Different public safety agencies have different ways of communication and it's often difficult to collaborate between agencies. Devise a way to allow agencies to better communicate with each other so they can better collaborate, both in real time and post-incident.
5. Increased Reporting of Crimes
The rate of under-reporting of crimes is between 40% and 60%. We need a solution that will increase the rate of reporting of crimes.
6. School Safety
Create solutions that can allow law enforcement officers to work more closely with school administrations, students, and the campus community.
7. Social Media
Social media has allowed crime to spread faster across different cities, but it has also given law enforcement a tool to better predict, prevent, and solve crime. Create a solution that allow public safety officers to use social media to their benefit.
When & Where
The Public Safety Innovation Hackathon is co-sponsored by the following organizations: