1st Annual Hacking4Humanity

Friday, March 22, 2019 - 4:00pm to Saturday, March 23, 2019 - 8:00pm
  • Information Sciences Building
  • 3rd Floor
  • Create prototypes to address the challenge of ending human trafficking.
Career Presentation

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

Pitt Cyber, the School of Computing and Information, and GSPIA’s Ford Institute for Human Security are hosting a multidisciplinary hackathon. We believe that no one discipline has a lock on effective solutions to big problems. This is why we’re announcing our first annual Hacking4Humanity event.

Each year, we’ll pick seemingly intractable problems that call out for solutions from across disciplines—and ask you, the students, to dive in. Students from Pitt are invited to compete, as are students from other regional universities. Teams are required to have at least one participant from outside the others’ field of study.

This year’s problem – 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. While accurate estimates are difficult, there are roughly 403,000 people living in conditions of modern slavery in the United States alone, including here in Pittsburgh. 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.

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.

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