AT&T Inc. (NYSE: T) will host a hackathon Friday and Saturday at its new engagement center in Launch Fishers. More than 150 competitors are registered for an app challenge that utilizes the Internet of Things and a civic challenge that highlights the benefits of open data.
In the IoT challenge, participants will build interconnected devices with hardware provided by AT&T that could be used to manage city assets or address community problems. AT&T says examples could be water main leakage detectors, gunshot sound detectors, or lighting controls for city streets.
The civic challenge will see participants using anonymous data on Indiana’s heroin and methamphetamine problems to build creative solutions that could help lawmakers, law enforcement and emergency services better understand and reduce drug-related incidents. The data will come from the State Police Drug Lab and Marion County Emergency Services.
"We’re excited to offer local software developers and community leaders an opportunity to create technology-driven solutions for Indiana communities," said AT&T Indiana President Bill Soards. "Whether you are a designer, entrepreneur, student or just interested in tech, this event is for you."
The hackathon will begin at 6:00 p.m. Friday with dinner and remarks from officials and teams will begin their work by 8:00. The teams must submit their apps by 6:00 p.m. Saturday.