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IDCE to host inaugural #DisasterTech hackathon

The International Disaster Conference & EXPO (IDCE), an annual international forum that brings together leading public and private sector professionals to address the critical areas of disaster mitigation, is seeking developers, designers and practitioners working in public safety-related fields to participate in #DisasterTech, the inaugural IDCE hackathon. To be held Feb. 7-8, 2015, at Ernest N. Morial Convention Center in New Orleans, the hackathon is produced in conjunction with CODEMKRS, a New Orleans-based hackathon event organizer.

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A hackathon is an event where computer programmers, technology developers, designers and other creative thinkers can collaborate in a contained environment to create new technologies and solutions solve problems through technology in new and innovative ways in 24 hours. Ten years since Hurricane Katrina, the IDCE #DisasterTech hackathon seeks to foster this convergence of the disaster and tech communities, driving innovation and opportunity for collaboration by leveraging relationships and existing endeavors to produce opportunities for by encouraging the development of advanced and long-term solutions in the public safety and disaster space.

#DisasterTech hackathon participants will facilitate development of multiple platform-work together to develop open, platform-agnostic, open technology solutions. They will be guided and will receive input on challenges, experiences and real-world examples from experts directly involved in disaster preparedness, response and recovery.

This year’s educational content will revolve around the theme, “Emergency Management Technology for the Future,” and fit into one of the four educational tracks including Resiliency (Emergency Management, Response & Recovery, Business Continuity); Technology & Innovation (Next Generation 911, Social Media, Interoperability); Public Health & Medical; and Animals in Disasters.

Working prototypes of apps or ideas for disaster recovery preparedness, response or recovery will be presented to a panel of judges including local, state, federal and private sector public safety experts, officials and personalities, as well as technology leaders as leaders in technology innovation. Winners will be announced Feb. 11.

Complimentary registration for #DisasterTech is limited to the first 50 registrants: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/disastertech-hackathon-tickets-15137705284
Rules and Guidelines can be viewed here: http://codemkrs.com/rules/

 

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