Hackathon Contest Awards $3,000 Grand Prize to Combat Human Trafficking

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(Newswire.net — April 20, 2018) — Washington, DC – Human trafficking is one of the most profitable criminal businesses in the world. And in the DC region, it continues to be a growing serious problem. In fact, experts say every high school and several middle schools in Northern Virginia have seen reports of human trafficking.

DC-based tech aficionados helped address and solve the human trafficking problem using data science and predictive modeling at ExpeditionHacks, hosted by technology strategy firm Blue Compass and George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government-Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC). The hackathon took place in Arlington, Va., on April 14 and 15, 2018. Local programmers, tech gurus, engineers, specialists, college students, developers, and more, were encouraged to register and participate in the Hackathon challenge, with a Grand Prize of $3,000.

This year’s hackathon challenge focused on creating a solution to help combat human trafficking or assist its survivors, using artificial intelligence/machine learning, predictive modeling, or anything else.

The Grand Prize winners of $3,000 were from Two Six Labs, which developed a project that helps people find jobs oversees to make sure that the brokers or employers are offering legitimate work. In addition, Amelia Bennett won the IBM prize of $500 for developing a project about scanning faces in video, like hotel security, to find human traffickers.

Christine Jung, President and CEO of Blue Compass, and creator of Expedition Hackathons, is available for interviews to discuss the Hackathon and the need to create technology to help address human trafficking in the DC region.

Note to assignment editors, reporters, and producers: To schedule an interview, please contact Ashley Bernardi at 202-316-3298 or by email at ashley@nardimedia.com.

Ms. Christine S. Jung is President and CEO of Blue Compass, LLC, a customer experience and technology strategy firm headquartered in Tysons Corner, VA. Founded in 2010, Blue Compass helps federal government and commercial customers discover, design and implement new products and services to improve their core business functions by blending strategy and analytics with deep customer insights, design and creative thinking.

With over 15 years of experience as a management consultant and systems engineer, Ms. Jung specializes in partnering with customers to discover and implement disruptive new ideas through innovative design thinking methodologies and strategies. Ms. Jung helps customers transform their online user and customer service experiences through business modeling, service design, digital strategy, social media and other innovative technologies. For the federal government, Ms. Jung facilitates hackathons around the country to recruit new ideas and new people outside of the Washington, D.C. area.  

 Ms. Jung received a master’s degree in Information and Telecommunication Systems from John Hopkins University, a B.S. in Information Systems from Carnegie Mellon University, and a certificate for the Design Thinking Executive Education Program at Stanford University’s Hasso Plattner Institute of Design.