Create prototypes to address the challenge of ending human trafficking.

Today, more than 40 million people around the world are trapped in modern slavery—including sex trafficking, forced and bonded labor, and involuntary domestic servitude. Ending modern slavery is a moral imperative; but it’s also a national security threat. Human trafficking generates more than $150 billion in illicit profits each year. These profits help fuel criminal cartels and terrorist networks. And trafficking isn’t just part of the illicit economy, it’s part of your everyday economy. Supply chains are rife with goods involving labor by trafficked individuals.

Challenge scenarios, developed by GSPIA students, will be shared at the event to guide the development of teams' hacks, and include problems related to:

  • Raising awareness
  • Prosecuting perpetrators
  • Supporting survivors

Goal:  Develop a tool to combat human trafficking and/or assist survivors.

This 24-hour hackathon is open to all area university students; no technical expertise is required.

Schedule

Friday, March 22, 2019
4:00 – 4:30 pm – Registration (dinner available)
4:30 – 5:00 pm – Team Formation
5:00 pm – Kickoff with keynote speaker Emily Kennedy, president and co-founder of Marinus Analytics, introduced by Pitt Cyber founding director David Hickton
5:30 pm – Hacking begins!
11:00 pm – Doors lock in the Information Sciences Building

Saturday, March 23, 2019
6:00 am – Doors unlock
9:00 am - Tech Talk Breakfast | Deloitte Presents: "Cyber Everywhere - Are You Prepared?" with Sharon Philip and Steve Ruzzini, Deloitte Risk & Financial Advisory
12:30 pm – Tech Talk Lunch | PNC Presents: "Follow the Money: How the Financial Industry Disrupts Human Trafficking" with Bryan Chapman, CAMS
5:00 pm – Hacking ends - projects due to DevPost (dinner available)
5:30 pm – 6:30pm – Project expo 
7:00 pm – Awards & Closing Ceremony

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Eligibility

Eligibility

Graduate and undergraduate students from Pitt are invited to compete, as are students from other regional universities. Feel free to come with a team or take advantage of team formation after the kickoff. Teams are required to have at least one participant from outside the others’ field of study.

 

Judges

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Julia Santucci
University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public and International Affairs

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Ian Mavero
Chief Technology Officer, Allegheny County Department of Human Services

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Jacki Hoover
Deputy Director, Allegheny Country Children Youth and Families

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Leona Mitchell
Professor of Practice, University of Pittsburgh School of Computing and Information

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Terri Butler
SVP, Innovation Manager - PNC

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Nagen Suriya
Deloitte

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Raj Gopal
Deloitte

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Kim Getz
Pitt Law IT, University of Pittsburgh

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Matt Trosan
Supervisory Intelligence Analyst, FBI

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Beth Schwanke
Executive Director, Pitt Cyber

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Jasmine Rivera
PAAR Director of Victim Response

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Mary Burke
Professor, Department of Psychology & Counseling, Carlow

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Diana Bishop
Detachment 730 Commander and Professor, Aerospace Studies

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Taylor Seybolt
Associate Professor, GSPIA, University of Pittsburgh

Judging Criteria

  • Impact
  • Unintended Consequences/Other Ethical Considerations
  • Technical Difficulty
  • Originality
  • Progress
  • User Experience