Indianapolis, Ind. – Ivy Tech Community College faculty and students participated in the AT&T FirstNet Hackathon where participants would develop an app for assisting first responders in the field. FirstNet is the only communication tool dedicated to public safety, including law enforcement, fire, and EMS personnel. It provides reliable communication services and highly secure data connections. By hacking for first responder mobile apps, developers can mature their ideas, get involved in an exciting community, and create something to further the greater social good.
Ivy Tech had more than 20 students participate, representing multiple communities across Indiana. The team worked overnight to develop a mobile app that would connect community members with Narcan, a drug known to be effective at counteracting an opioid overdose. Businesses or people, such as a pharmacy, firehouse, or even private citizen, could register they have Narcan. If an overdose would occur, anyone present could use the app to signal the immediate need for the drug and have it sent within a certain mile radius which would be potentially faster than an ambulance and without the need to call 911.
The Ivy Tech team won first place for Best Opioid Crisis App with a prize of $5,000. They also won second place in the Best Student App category which earned them a $2,000 prize.
The Ivy Tech student team that took first and second place included:
· Ashton Ball – Batesville
· John Gaulin – Batesville
· Sara Gatewood – Bloomington
· James Anunda – Fort Wayne
· Kendall Arnold – Fort Wayne
· John Bradin – Fort Wayne
· Shannen Regan – Fort Wayne
· Oluwatoyin Awosanya – Indianapolis
· Eric Deering – Indianapolis
· Victoria Harris – Lawrenceburg
· Carrie Lutton – Muncie
· Thomas Starkey – Muncie
· Kirk Hoey – Richmond
· Alvaro Soto Garcia – South Bend/Elkhart
· Paul Troxell – South Bend/Elkhart
Ivy Tech faculty and staff who supported the student team included:
· Zach Hamby, software development faculty, Indianapolis
· Alan Lewis, department chair for School of Information Technology, Indianapolis
· Jessica Jagger, Information Technology career coach, Indianapolis
· Kris Roberts, associate professor/department chair for Computer Science, Fort Wayne
· Lucy La Hurreau, assistant professor for Cyber Security-Information Assurance, Fort Wayne
About Ivy Tech Community College
Ivy Tech Community College serves communities across Indiana, providing world-class education and driving economic transformation. It is the state’s largest public postsecondary institution and the nation’s largest singly accredited statewide community college system. It serves as the state’s engine of workforce development, offering high-value degree programs and training that are aligned with the needs of its communities, along with courses and programs that transfer to other colleges and universities in Indiana. It is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission and a member of the North Central Association.