Blue Clarity | ExpeditionHacks | ExpeditionHacks Human Trafficking
Register for the upcoming hackathon to combat human trafficking. Collaborate with the government, non-profits, academia, and industry to come up with new ideas.
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Arlington, VA

April 14 -15, 2018

Social Impact Series




Blue Compass is honored to be partnering with George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government -Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) on a Human Trafficking focused hackathon as a part of #ExpeditionHacks event series.  Human trafficking is a global enterprise that is second only to drug trafficking as the most profitable criminal business.  It takes many forms, including labor trafficking and sex trafficking. Create a solution to help combat human trafficking or assist its victims, using artificial intelligence/machine learning, augmented reality, or anything else!  Some ideas to consider:


  • What indicators help predict behaviors of human trafficking suppliers?
  • How can data collected at the local level help analysts at the federal level to correlate data to find traffickers and victims? How can automation or machine learning assist?
  • Create a predictive model of trafficking to forecast staffing needed for victim services and law enforcement.
  • Create an app that could help truckers to identify signs of human trafficking and alert law enforcement.
  • What can we learn from natural disasters that could prevent the emergence of human trafficking?
  • Create a platform for reporting human trafficking case data that provides a standard format and fields for law enforcement agencies, with the ability to share datasets with other agencies and jurisdictions. The platform should include the capability for future geospatial or GEOINT analysis.


Any other idea you might have to contribute to the eradication of this terrible crime and the suffering of its victims.


Please note this event will be held at the GMU –Arlington Campus at Founder’s Hall near the Virginia Square Metro Stop on the Orange Line.



$500 – Best use of IBM API


Congrats to the Winning Teams!

$3000 Grand Prize Winners

Team Safe Travels


$500 Best Use of IBM Watson Prize Winner –

Team Using AI to Stop Human Trafficking


Ada Warren

Vice President, Masego
Senior Consultant to International Program for Human Geography


Formerly at the National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

Patrick J. Hannon

Director, Human Smuggling and Trafficking Center

Office of the Director of National Intelligence

Bill Woolf

Director, EPIC Solutions

Retired Fairfax Police Department Human Trafficking Detective

Christina Bain

Director, Initiative on Human Trafficking and Modern Slavery

Joshua Littlejohn

CEO, NextGen Integrators

Lionel Luis

Director of Technology Operations, Polaris






  • A max of 5 people per team will be enforced.
  • All participants must be in the building for kick-off and demos.
  • All code must be fresh.
  • Participants must provide their own laptops, and mobile/tablet devices for use during the event.
  • Seats are limited to 100 workstations.
  • Come on your own or create a team. We also want to encourage collaboration among attendees so if you find a team or person with a valuable asset to support your idea/concept, feel free to team up when you arrive.
  • External hard drives are permitted for the hacking event itself. If you want a power strip bring it!
  • As much as we appreciate people’s interest, no one will be allowed inside the event other than participants, sponsor representatives, subject matter experts and invited media. No spectators please!



Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:

  • Impact: How impactful will this solution be for it’s target audience? Is it scalable?
  • Creativity: How original is this solution?
  • Design: How well designed is this solution, from front end through to UI/UX?
  • Execution: How well executed is this solution from start to finish?



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.


Saturday, April 14th, 2018

9:00 AM – Doors Open, Breakfast Served
10:00 AM – Opening Ceremony
10:30 AM – Keynote Presentation

10:50 AM – Human Trafficking Panel Discussion

11:30 AM –  Hacking Begins

12:00 PM – Lunch
12:30 PM – Technology Breakout Sessions

  • 12:30 – Elasticsearch
  • 1:00 – IBM
  • 1:30 – HERE
  • 2:00 – Intro Data Science or Advanced Data Science

6:00 PM – Dinner Served
8:00 PM – Pitch Workshop
11:30 PM – Midnight Snack
12:00 AM – Hack Thru the Night


Sunday, April 15th, 2018

7:30 AM – Breakfast
12:00 PM – Lunch
3:00 PM – Code Freeze/Hacking Ends!
4:00 PM – Live Demos Begin!

5:00 PM – Judge Deliberations

5:30 PM – Winners Announced


Upon completion, will have a casual social to cap the event and allow people to socialize about their ideas.


**Schedule subject to change**

Sunday Afternoon Presentations

  • Each participant and/or participant team will present their product or solution to the group on Sunday afternoon.
  • Presentations will be 3 minutes long with 2 minutes of questions from judges. Representatives from sponsors will be the primary audience for the presentations.
  • No formal presentation is required. Demos of your product or solution will follow this general outline: introduce yourself/teammate, introduce your concept, identify what tools you used, explain (loosely) how you derived your solution and what problem you are solving.
  • Presentations require direct connect from your laptop to the projection system. USB sticks are permitted for presentation purposes.

Sponsors will be marketing this event heavily. Don’t be surprised if a news crew shows up along the way.


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