AT&T Civic Hackathon benefits public safety

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Experts in the technological field joined forces during the third annual AT&T’s Civic Hackathon for 24 hours in Fishers on April 20 and 21.

Fishers Police Dept. Chief Mitch Thompson speaks on the impact AT&T’s Civic Hackathon has on Fishers public safety prior to the April 20 event. (Photo by Anna Skinner)

Prior to the event, AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards, Mayor Scott Fadness, Fishers Police Dept. Chief Mitch Thompson and former Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis spoke on the important of innovation within public safety and on AT&T’s involvement with building out the FirstNet platform. FirstNet is the nation’s first public safety communications platform dedicated to first responders.

“FirstNet will strengthen and modernize public safety’s communication capabilities, enabling them to coordinate and respond more quickly, safely and effectively,” Soards said. “That’s why we’re here today, to reimagine public safety communications. We’ve got a fantastic event that’s going to be full of collaboration, a 24-hour event with nearly 800 attendees and participants.”

The hackathon brought technological-savvy participants together to work on developing a solution to a typical problem experienced within public safety. The solution could be in the form of a mobile application, web platform or other area.

Thompson said FPD wasn’t sure what it was getting into when it first heard of the event, but the department quickly embraced the idea.

“Fishers is really excited to participate in this event,” Thompson said. “So much of law enforcement is focused on going to law enforcement training and learning law enforcement things. This is yet another opportunity where we can get outside our comfort zone and begin to realize the technology and the great minds out there that think a little bit different to help us reach the solutions that we need to get to.”

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