When SAS Scotland gave students 48 hours to build a prototype computer system to help increase police effectiveness, nine teams accepted the challenge. The venue was the University of Glasgow's Hackathon, one of the largest student hackathons in the UK, attracting 200 attendees. SAS Scotland has co-sponsored the event for the past three years, and we can say, with some pride, that every team produced a unique solution.
We invited all nine teams to the SAS office for Demo Day: a knowledge share between SAS staff and the students on their solutions, the technologies they used -- and to get their thoughts on how their software could be taken forward.
For the challenge, students could choose to create their own mobile policing challenge or focus on one of three scenarios:
1. What kind of new information systems become possible when police officers use mobile devices?
2. How can the police force take advantage of information posted to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook?
3. How can a police department deploy its officers to get the best level of policing given a fixed number of officers and a larger number of public events and crimes to police? Read More