Deadline: Dec 08, 2017 06:00 PM
Co-development camp: Feb 02 - Feb 04, 2018
Münich, Germany
1,500 € for participating teams. Possibility for a partnership with Airbus.
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Critical App Challenge with Airbus

Airbus is looking for the best and most talented teams to improve the mission-critical communications of police officers, firefighters, caretakers, doctors and other life-saving and society-building professionals. What kinds of useful, secure and engaging applications and functionalities could you develop for the new Airbus Tactilon Dabat device – an Android smartphone with PMR/TETRA radio? How could you help them save time, money and lives?

Professional Mobile Radio (PMR) devices are carried in the pocket of hundreds of thousands of professionals all over the world. However, they are used mainly for routine work, while the personal smartphone in the professional’s other pocket has a lot of additional useful, entertaining and informative content. Airbus sees huge potential in combining these two devices, and is launching a totally new hybrid product, Tactilon Dabat. It’s a sleek Android smartphone using the regular LTE network, but which also has a built-in mission-critical TETRA capability. Read more about the Tactilon Dabat at

To boost the creation of hybrid applications, Airbus has established the SmarTWISP programme. Through this programme, Airbus certifies the best applications to ensure that they are secure and functional for the professionals. The programme’s benefits are two-fold: Thanks to the Airbus quality check, application users will know that all the functions on their devices are of high quality and secure. The developers themselves profit from special trainings, tools as well as rewards schemes based on application sales. Learn more about the SmarTWISP programme at

Secure Land Communications (SLC), a business unit of Airbus, develops, installs and maintains mission and business critical solutions for customers worldwide. SLC employs nearly 1,700 people in 20 countries. Mission critical communication customers include nationwide public safety networks in Germany, France, Finland, Sweden, Estonia, Belgium, Hungary, Spain, United Arab Emirates, Mexico, Switzerland and in several other countries. Airbus public safety solutions have over 1.5 million users worldwide. Business critical customer organizations include large airports, more than 70 metro line operators, major oil and gas industry companies, hospitals, mining companies and power utilities.

The Challenge

Through this innovation challenge Airbus wants to find creative partners to develop new applications for the Tactilon Dabat. Can you create hybrid applications that utilize the critical communications functionalities in a new way, and makes the use of the device more engaging, helping professionals save time, money and lives?


  • SmarTWISP portal access providing access to Tactilon Dabat Development Kit, including the PMR API
  • Tactilon Dabat devices
  • Technical and Business mentors from Airbus to help with the device
  • Customers and users available for user testing and interviewing
  • Location technology is one of the key components for effective mission critical applications. To help you make you critical apps location-aware, HERE will provide its map and location APIs for the teams to use if they want to. To find out more and get started, go to the HERE Developer Portal and sign up for the free trial. HERE will also provide technical support, also on-site, during the Challenge.


Each participating team will be paid 1500 eur after having presented their demo and given feedback. The best teams have a chance to become an Elite partner in Airbus SmarTWISP programme, and thus enter a co-marketing and revenue sharing collaboration with Airbus.


Application period ends – Dec 8th

Teams informed about the results – Dec 16th

Kickoff webinar – Jan 10th 11:00 (Finnish time)

Hackathon event – Feb 2nd-4th


Airbus will take care of the participants during the hackathon weekend, including transportation, catering and accommodation. For most promising team applications, Airbus is also willing to cover the travel costs for the team.


Apply with a team of 2-3 people. All applications will be reviewed after the deadline and all applicants will be informed one week after the deadline. 6-8 teams will be selected to join the challenge.

Who will own my idea?

Ideas are free for everyone to use but the IPR for any software codebase or documents produced during the competition will stay with the team. The host has the right of first refusal to negotiate further collaboration with the team to purchase or continue working on the project initiated at the hack.

Applications for this challenge have closed. See our upcoming challenges here.