** IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, George Mason University has closed its buildings to large gatherings out of an abundance of caution. This means that this Hackathon will be 100% ONLINE. Registrants will receive information about how to participate remotely through WebEx and Slack upon registering. There is still time to register so don’t miss out! **
This event will be ONLINE ONLY. GMU CAMPUS CLOSED. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE.
Blue Compass is honored to partner again with George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government -Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) on a second hackathon to combat human trafficking as a part of our #ExpeditionHacks series. Bring your collaborative energy and new ideas on March 28-29, 2020 to see what your team can hack together!
Why should we be inspired to do something? Human trafficking is a global enterprise, second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable criminal business. It disproportionately affects women and minors, exploiting lives through deception, coercion and fear. Experts report the proliferation of child sexual exploitation material– with a record 45 million images flagged last year alone- in online environments that grow increasingly difficult to police. At the same time forced labor, including sex trafficking, continues to affect an estimated 29.9 million individuals worldwide. This includes the United States. Trafficking hides in plain sight in communities across the United States; in homes, factories, farms and businesses. In many ways, technology has made it easier for perpetrators to operate. We want to ensure that the power of technology is leveraged to combat these atrocious crimes.
Create a solution to help combat child trafficking or assist its victims, using artificial intelligence/machine learning, augmented reality, or anything else! Some ideas to consider:
Please note this event will be held 100% ONLINE. The event was previously scheduled to be held at the GMU – Arlington Campus at Van Metre’s (formerly Founder’s) Hall near the Virginia Square Metro Stop on the Orange Line, but due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, George Mason University has closed its buildings.
It’s still early for us and so we’re still populating this page with sponsors and judges. In the meantime, register now to save your spot! And checkout the previous hackathon to combat human trafficking.
Director of Human Trafficking Programs
US Department of Justice
Senior Public Affairs Specialist
Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons
US Department of State
Just Ask Trafficking Prevention Foundation,
National Human Trafficking Intelligence Center
Global Project Lead, Investigations Technology
International Justice Mission
Founder & CEO
Grand Prize: $3,000 + 1 hour mentoring session with C5 Accelerate
Best Student Team: $1000
Other prizes for first timers, farthest traveled, and more!
Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:
TOOLS, DATA, AND IP RIGHTS
Participants are allowed to use the open source tools in addition to other commercially known open source tools. Participants are also encouraged to use their own proprietary solutions to develop creative and efficient products. If you are representing a company, your company’s proprietary software assets are also allowed to be used with the appropriate permission within your organization. Please reference the Terms and Conditions data to confirm that all IP rights remain with the participant and/or the organization they are representing.
All participants must agree to the terms and conditions.
Checkout highlights from the previous hackathon to combat human trafficking!
**Schedule is subject to change and will not be final **
*** THIS IS NOW AN ONLINE EVENT ***
9-10 AM – Teaming | Check in to WebEx
10-10:30 AM – Opening Ceremony and Keynote Presentation
10:30 – 11:30 AM – The 4 P’s of Human Trafficking – Panel Discussion
11:30 AM – Teaming | Hacking Begins
12:30 – 1:30 PM – Human Trafficking Breakout Sessions
1:30 – 2:30 PM – Technology Breakout Sessions
7 PM – Pitch Workshop
–– Hack Thru the Night ––
1:30-2 PM – Judge’s Briefing (JUDGES ONLY)
2 PM – Code Freeze/Hacking Ends! Watch the deadline closely!
3-4:00 PM – Demos Begin!
4-4:30 PM – Judge Deliberations
Speaker: Sanjay Subramanian – Partner, PwC
4:30 PM – Winners Announced
5 PM – End of Event
Sunday Afternoon Presentations
Sponsors will be marketing this event heavily. Don’t be surprised if a news crew shows up along the way.
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