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Virtual Hackathon to Combat Human Trafficking: March 28-29, 2020
March 28 - March 29
The CINA Center is collaborating with Blue Compass and the TraCCC Center at George Mason University to offer a virtual hackathon to combat child sexual exploitation and labor trafficking. Bring your collaborative energy and new ideas on March 28-29, 2020 to see what your team can hack together!
**In light of increasing concerns regarding the imminent spread of COVID-19 in the Washington, DC metropolitan area, George Mason University is taking a number of precautionary measures to limit exposure and minimize risk. In accordance with CDC and WHO recommendations to limit face to face interaction, this event will now be held completely remotely utilizing many collaboration tools.**
When: Saturday, March 28, 2020 9:00 am thru Sunday, March 29, 2020 6:00 pm (including overnight work)
Discount code: GeorgeMason
Grand Prize: $3,000 plus cash and other prizes for students and first time hackers. Participant resumes will be collected and shared with recruiters and researchers.
It is not necessary to be an expert on human trafficking or technology to participate. This event is open to the public, and George Mason University students are especially encouraged to compete. Register as an individual or a team.
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