Arlington, VA | Blue Compass | ExpeditionHacks
Create an approach to identify and mitigate human trafficking communications and more effectively combat this enormous social problem.
ExpeditionHacks, Austin, developers, entrepeneurs, Human Trafficking, Slavery, hackathon
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Arlington, VA

February 10-11, 2018

Social Impact Series


We want you to create approaches that could have a social impact. We want to see your vision of how to more quickly identify potential human trafficking communications and more effectively combat this enormous social problem.


  • Identify Human Trafficking communications quickly and accurately
  • Inhibit or prevent suspected Human Trafficking transactions
  • Promote awareness of Human Trafficking to the public, industry and other affected organizations when and where it’s recognized
  • Improve communications with other organizations who are working to fight against Human Trafficking
  • Perhaps you might have other ideas, and we’d be very interested to see what you come up with!


Click here for more information about the nature and extent of the Human Trafficking epidemic in the United States and the rest of the world.


Our first event will focus on Combating Human Trafficking, coming to Arlington, VA on February 10-11, 2018.


PLEASE NOTE: When you register and/or purchase your ticket to this event, you are accepting the terms of the Participant Agreement and code of conduct.


Registration information will be made available when the event nears.


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  • 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 provided by NGA’s GitHub site 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, February 10th

9:00 AM – Doors Open, Breakfast Served
10:00 AM – Opening Ceremony
10:30 AM – Hacking Begins
12:00 PM – Lunch
1:30 PM – Technology Breakout Sessions
6:00 PM – Dinner Served
8:00 PM – Pitch Workshop
11:30 AM – Midnight Snack
12:00 AM – 8:00 AM Hack Through The Night!


Sunday, February 11th

8:00 AM – Breakfast
12:00 PM – Lunch
2:00 PM – Code Freeze/Hacking Ends!
3:00 PM – Live Demos Begin!

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

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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