** 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:
· How can law enforcement quickly analyze large datasets, including streaming video, to find clues to identify victims and perpetrators of human trafficking?
· How can technology help child survivors rebuild their digital identity?
· How can large companies self-govern themselves to remove labor trafficking in their supply chains?
· How can consumers participate in combating human trafficking through the choices they make?
· How can law enforcement or NGOs crowdsource to effectively perform their services in combating human trafficking?
· What can we learn from visualizing trending data that could combat or prevent human trafficking?
· Any other idea you might have to contribute to the eradication of this terrible crime and the suffering of its victims!
This event will be ONLINE ONLY. GMU CAMPUS CLOSED. SEE DETAILS FOR MORE.
$3,000 + 1 hour mentoring session with C5 Accelerate
$1000 for best student team
Other prizes for first-timer, farthest traveled, and more!
**Schedule is subject to change**
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
7:00 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
4:30 PM - Winners Announced
5 PM - End of Event