Join us ONLINE on March 28-29, 2020 as we make an impact on one of the world’s largest criminal industries, second to only drug trafficking.

** IMPORTANT UPDATE: Due to concerns about the spread of COVID-19, George Mason University has closed its buildings to large gatherings out of an abundance of caution. This means that this Hackathon will be 100% ONLINE. Registrants will receive information about how to participate remotely through WebEx and Slack upon registering. There is still time to register so don’t miss out! **


Remote registrations received after March 20 will receive swag as supplies last. If you change your mind later, no worries! Contact us and we’ll take care of you. Teams can be a mix of remote and in-person participants. Please note that participants under the age of 18 must participate remotely as supervision for minors cannot be guaranteed at this event.


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Blue Compass is honored to partner again with George Mason University’s Schar School of Policy and Government -Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC) on a second hackathon to combat human trafficking as a part of our #ExpeditionHacks series. Last year’s hackathon was so successful that we had to do it again! Bring your collaboration and new ideas on March 28-29, 2020 to see what your team can hack together.

Why should we be inspired to do something? Because 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.  Create a solution to help combat human trafficking or assist its victims, using artificial intelligence/machine learning, augmented reality, or anything else!  Some ideas to consider:

  •  How can large companies self-govern themselves to allow little to no labor trafficking in their supply chains?
  • How can law enforcement analyze large sets of data, including streaming video, to find clues to identify victims and perpetrators of human trafficking?
  • How can consumers participate in combating human trafficking through the choices they make such as hotels, restaurants, spas, nail salons, etc.?
  • 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!

Please note this event is now an ONLINE EVENT and was previously scheduled to be held at the GMU - Arlington Campus at Van Metre Hall (formerly Founder’s Hall) near the Virginia Square Metro Stop on the Orange Line.

**Schedule is subject to change and will not be final **




9-10 AM - Teaming | Check in to WebEx

10-10:30 AM – Opening Ceremony and Keynote Presentation

  • Dr. Louise ShelleyDirector, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center, GMU
  • Mike BarrettaManager of Solution Architecture, Elastic
  • Jim Jones Director, Criminal Investigations and Network Analysis Center
  • Evelyn Chumbow - Survivor Activist, U.S. Advisory Council on Human Trafficking

10:30-11:30 AM – The 4 P’s of Human Trafficking - Panel Discussion

  • Chrissy Duke U.S. Director, Beauty For Ashes
  • Erin FisherDirector of Community Engagement, Just Ask Trafficking Prevention
  • Jennifer LongCEO, Aequitas

11:30 AM – Teaming | Hacking Begins

12:30-1:30 PM – Human Trafficking Breakout Sessions

  • Federal Approach to Human Trafficking Investigations - Jason Kaplan, Special Agent, FBI Charlotte
  • Illicit Massage Businesses: A Community Problem - Rachel, Director of Technology, Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative
  • Title TBD - Joe McGrath -Detective, Arlington Police Department
  • Following the Money to Combat Human Trafficking - Theresa Forbes -Policy Advisor, Department of Treasury
  • Leveraging Technology to Serve Survivors - Andrea Powell, Director of Survivor and Youth Engagement, UNITAS
  • How Traffickers Use Technology- Chrissy Duke, U.S. Director, Beauty for Ashes
  • Lessons Learned from DHS Research - Jennifer Foley, Acting Deputy Director, DHS Office of University Programs

1:30-2:30 PM – Technology Breakout Sessions

  • Image Recognition with Python - Michael Chestnut – Data Science Program Alum, Georgetown University
  • Strategic Empathy and Human Centered Design - Greg Bernard- US Department of Defense, National Security Innovation Office
  • The Power of Location: Using Maps for Impact - Heather Scott- GIS Engineer, Mapbox
  • Search, Observe, and Protect Your Systems and Data with the Elastic Stack - Mike Barretta, Manager of Solution Architecture, Elastic
  • Automated OSINT Collection and Analysis for Human Trafficking Use Cases - Michael Ramirez, Solutions Engineer - Public Sector, Recorded Future
  • Accelerating Your Growth - Zach Beecher- COO + Daniel Dammann- Director, Strategic Advisory, C5 Accelerate

7-7:30 PM – Pitch Workshop

12:00 AM – Hack Thru the Night



1:30-2 PM - Judge’s Workshop (JUDGES ONLY)

2 PM - Code Freeze/Hacking Ends! Watch the deadline closely!

3-4 PM - Demos Begin!

4-4:30 PM - Judge Deliberations

Speaker: Sanjay Subramanian Partner, PricewaterhouseCoopers

4:30 PM - Winners Announced

5 PM - End of Event


Sunday Afternoon Presentations             

  • Each participant and/or participant team will represent their product or solution to the group on Sunday afternoon.
  • Presentations will be 3 minutes long with 3 minutes of questions from the judges.
  • Representatives from sponsors will be the primary audience for the presentations.
  • No formal presentation is required. Demos of your product or solution will follow this general outline: introduce yourself/teammate, introduce your concept, identify what tools you used, explain (loosely) how you derived your solution and what problem you are solving.
  • Presentations require direct connection from your laptop to the projection system. USB sticks are permitted for presentation purposes.

** Sponsors will be marketing this event heavily. Don’t be surprised if a news crew shows up along the way. **

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$4,300 in prizes

Grand Prize

$3,000 + 1 hour mentoring session with C5 Accelerate

Best Student Team

Other prizes for first timer, farthest traveled, and more!

Crowd-Source Vote

Youngest Hacker

Best Social Media Post

Devpost Achievements

Submitting to this hackathon could earn you:


Bill Woolf

Bill Woolf
Director of Human Trafficking Programs / US Department of Justice

Karen Buckley

Karen Buckley
Executive Director, Just Ask Trafficking Prevention Foundation, National Human Trafficking Intelligence Center

Anna Fraser

Anna Fraser
Senior Public Affairs Specialist, Office to Monitor and Combat Trafficking in Persons, US Department of State

Chris Conrad

Chris Conrad
Global Project Lead, Investigations Technology, International Justice Mission

Zach Beecher

Zach Beecher
Chief Operations Officer, C5 Accelerate

Crysta Price

Crysta Price
Founder & CEO, HTI Labs

Gil Gonzales

Gil Gonzales
Challenge team facilitator

Judging Criteria

  • Impact:
    How impactful will this solution be for its target audience? Is it scalable?
  • Creativity:
    How original is this solution?
  • Design:
    How well designed is this solution, from front end through to UI/UX?
  • Execution:
    How well executed is this solution from start to finish?


  • Social Good