Post-Paris Attacks, IBM Launches First Responder App Contest

In the wake of the ISIS terror attacks in Paris, many technology companies are looking ahead and preparing for the worst. Disaster recovery is a new focus for some, while others have had their eye on the target for much longer. IBM, for example, announced a contest today that gives developers access to its cloud to encourage disaster response-related app development.

Just days after Friday evening's attacks that killed 129 people and injured hundreds more in the French capital, IBM has launched the First Responder Application Challenge, which runs through December 14. An IBM spokesman clarified for us that, although the contest was announced three days after the Paris attacks, the contest has been in the works for months and was planned ahead of time for a Nov. 17 launch date.

The First Responder App Challenge is being run in partnership with Vencore, an information solutions, engineering and analytics provider whose solutions are aimed at the U.S. government.

IBM and Vencore are coordinating with the United States Geospatial and Intelligence Foundation and the Association of Public-Safety Communications Officials to develop an app ecosystem that paves the way for new predictive analytic and mobile apps that help first responders operate more effectively. The apps will be built and delivered on the IBM Cloud and aim to leverage data to solve first responder challenges.

?EU?The best innovation takes place when you drive toward a common goal,?EU? said Anne Altman, general manager of IBM U.S. Federal and Government Industries, in a statement. ?EU?And it?EU?s no different in government, where an ecosystem of developers, academia, technologists and others come together to address challenges.?EU?

A Win-Win

Here?EU?s how it works: Challenge participants will use IBM?EU?s Bluemix cloud platform to build apps, just like participants in NASA?EU?s Space App Challenge did in April. IBM is doing a public service, but...

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