Registration is open for Hacking 4 Freedom!
In partnership with the MIT Innovation Initiative, we are pleased to be hosting Hacking for Freedom, a hackathon to stop sex trafficking, this October in Cambridge, MA.
Topic: Human Sex Trafficking Markets
Problem: As human trafficking markets are estimated to be the third largest and fastest growing illicit market globally. Due to inherently hidden nature of these activities, measuring and tracking human trafficking market activity presents complex challenges and requires creative cross-disciplinary solutions.
Timeline: October 27-28, 2018 (See full agenda below.)
Location: MIT STATA Center, Main Campus, Cambridge, MA
Hack challenge: Continuous tracking, measurement, and mapping of human sex trafficking markets.
The focus is on data analytics, using technology to understand the scope, prevalence, and complexity of sex trafficking systems in the US. Lack of accurate data and analytics is a major obstacle in assessing impact of policy, law enforcement initiatives and survivor services.
Technical solutions have the potential to be extraordinarily powerful given the increasingly extensive use of technology in this pattern of offending. However, the technical challenges are not trivial. At the same time, some of these groups are very low tech, which enables them to operate well below the radar. Challenges exist across nature, scope, prevalence and complexity. Different people -- victims, facilitators, and consumers -- are involved in trafficking for different reasons and in very different ways. With high levels of complexity, all these factors must be considered in addressing this challenge.
09:00 AM Workshop (optional)
12:00 PM Registration and Networking Lunch
01:00 PM Opening Remarks
02:30 PM Teams Begin Hacking
07:00 PM Dinner
11:00 PM Hacking Ends for the night
08:00 AM Breakfast and Hack Resumes
12:00 PM Lunch is served
03:15 PM Final Pitches Begin
04:45 PM Break/Judges Deliberate
05:00 PM Awards and Closing Remarks
Contact the Hacking for Freedom team with any questions at the below link.