FirstNet hackathon focuses on crisis communication apps for first responders

Nearly 500 participants are expected to compete in San Francisco, developing apps for law enforcement, firefighters, and EMS.

The First Responder Network Authority (FirstNet) will host a public safety hackathon this weekend in San Francisco where participants will be challenged to create mobile applications for use by first responders in crisis situations.

FirstNet, which was created as a federal agency in 2012, is the government’s $46 billion, 25-year partnership with AT&T to build out a national public-safety broadband network. Once complete, more than 95 percent of the U.S. is expected to have optional access to LTE service for police, firefighters, and other first responders.

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