Intelligence-led Policing Hackathon

Big Data Society

Data Analytics Research Lab

Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia

July 24-27, 2019


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Intelligence-led Policing

Policing across the world has undergone a critical transformation in the last decades. There is little resemblance between the 1970s policing and the current policing. In the last few years, with the advancement in the technology, policing has adopted the use of new technological tools, such as the computer, in-car computing, and mobile phone to ease its operations. Today, the advancement in Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Data Science has the potential to transform the Policing ecosystem in fundamental ways.

The challenges in this hackathon will focus on novel applications of intelligence-led policing from data analytics and automation to cognitive assistants and humanized Artificial Intelligence.


Challenges include:

Algorithm: Data and Predictive Analytics (Competition to design the best Algorithm): Policing processes deals with large amount of related data islands (i.e., big data) from private, open, social and IoT data. For example, analyse social networks to predict and identify Cyber-/online-bullying and Extremist and criminal behaviour.

Challenge 1

Prototype: Cognitive Assistants Competition to design the best prototype solution: Using cognitive technology to help police investigators in decision making. Please see iCOP (LINK) as an example.

Challenge 2

Mockup: Enabling IoT in Policing (Competition to design the best Mockup solution): Recently, the Internet of Things (IoT: the network of physical objects augmented with Internet-enabled computing devices to enable those objects sense the real world), has been widely adopted for the implementation and integration of data-driven processes within and across enterprises. Applications include design and innovations for Smart Entities such as: smart airports, police cars, police uniforms, watches, mobile, drone, etc.

Challenge 3

Who can attend ?

Teams (between 2 to 5 people): students and professional.
  1. Each group member should register individually online. Please check the Registration link in the next Section.
  2. Register your group on the first day of the hackathon (25th July), in the venue.


-Up to $700 AUD prize for each challenge: Cash and AWS Gift Cards.

-Certificate of achievement for top 3 performing teams, for each challenge.

-Give away gifts from the sponsors.

-Certificate of attendance for the Hackathon.

-Certificate of attendance for the Workshops.


Data Analytics Research Lab, Big Data Society

Our Previous Hackathons:

- Data Analytics Hackathon (July 18)
- Blockchain Hackathon (Sep 18)


24th July 2019: Workshop 1

(AWS: Platform capabilities and Certifications, EY/ AISA: Cyber Security)
      Workshop 1 Venue: 14SCO T2 (LINK)
      Workshop 1 Registration: LINK
    10:00-11:00 - Jacqui Kernot (Partner, EY) - Cyber Security as well as diversity and Women in tech
    11:00-13:00 - Mohamad Nabulsi (Solution Architect, AWS) - AWS certification paths and platform capabilities
    13:00-14:00 - Lunch/ Networking
    14:00-15:00 - Branko Ninkovic (Chair, AISA) - Cyber Security

25th July 2019: Hackathon Day 1

      Hackathon (Day1 and Day 2) Venue: 10HA T1 Theatre (LINK)
     Hackathon (Day1 and Day 2) Registration: LINK

08:30-09:00: Registration
09:00-09:15: Special Guest, Frank Schiliro (Superintendent, National Coordinator Aviation Operations, Australia Federal Police), "Title: Artificial Intelligence and Policing!".
09:15-10:00: Keynote, Dr. Amin Beheshti, "Title: Intelligence-led policing in the age of AI and Big Data" + Hackathon Challenges and Discussions.
10:00-11:00: Industry Talk (Title: "What does it mean to actually work in data science and artificial intelligence?"), Lawrence Puang (Executive, Quantium)
11:00-12:00: Industry Talk (Title: "Business 4.0 & Machine First Delivery Model"), Srini Goluguri (Senior Account Director, Tata Consultancy Services)
12:00-13:00: Lunch and networking
13:00-14:00: Panel Discussion (AI-enabled Policing)
    Panel Chair: Dr. Amin Beheshti (Director, Data Analytics Research Lab, Macquarie University)
    Panel Members:
        - Frank Schiliro (Superintendent, National Coordinator Aviation Operations, Australia Federal Police)
        - Kenneth Chai (Intelligence & Investigation Management manager, SAS)
        - Neil Brittliff (Data Architect and Data Scientist, Microsoft)
        - Stephen Elbourn (Director, ITIC)
        - Srini Goluguri (Senior Account Director, TCS)
        - Mohsen Asadnia (Senior Lecturer, IoT and Smart Entities, Macquarie University)
        - Jian Yang (Professor and Research Director, Macquarie University)
Challenge 1

14:00-15:00: Industry Talk (Title: "Supporting policing operations through financial intelligence analysis"), Kenneth Chai (Intelligence & Investigation Management manager, SAS)
15:00-17:00: Workshop (SAS Workshop: SAS Viya for Learners, Sharon Wu)

26th July 2019: Hackathon Day 2 and Prizes

09:00-09:30: Hackathon Challenges Q&A
09:30-15:00: Hackathon
12:00-13:00: Lunch
13:00-13:45: Engenesis: How to pitch an idea!
14:00-16:00: Hackathon Demo and Presentation
  Hackathon Judges:
    - David Chatterton (Technical Program Manager, AWS)
    - Neil Brittliff (Data Architect and Data Scientist, Microsoft)
    - Stephen Elbourn (Director, ITIC)
    - Byron Langslow (Director-Federal Government, Tata Consultancy Services)
Challenge 1   Challenge 1

16:00-17:00: Prizes
Challenge 1  

27th July 2019:  Workshop 2

(Network and Cyber Security)

    Workshop 2 Venue: 10HA T1 Theatre (LINK)
    Workshop 2 Registration: LINK
    10:00-12:00 James Joyce (Senior Network Consultant, Telstra)
    12:00-13:00 - Lunch/ Networking
    13:00-15:00 Stephen Elbourn (Director, ITIC)

Register for the Hackathon

    Hackathon (25 and 26 July) :

    Workshop 1 (24 July) :

    Workshop 2 (27 July) :

Hackathon Venue

    Hackathon (25 and 26 July)
Venue: 10HA T1 Theatre (LINK), Macquarie University NSW 2109, Sydney, Australia
    Workshop 1 (24 July)
Venue: 14SCO T2 (LINK), Macquarie University NSW 2109, Sydney, Australia

    Workshop 2 (27 July)
Venue: 10HA T1 Theatre (LINK), Macquarie University NSW 2109, Sydney, Australia