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

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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 will be held at the GMU - Arlington Campus at Founder’s Hall near the Virginia Square Metro Stop on the Orange Line.


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


9:00 AM                       Doors Open | Continental Breakfast

10:00 AM            Opening Ceremony and Keynote Presentation

  • Dr. Louise Shelley- Terrorism, Transnational Crime, and Corruption Center, GMU


10:30 AM            Human Trafficking Panel Discussion

11 AM                  Form Teams | Hacking Begins

11:30 AM             Lunch

12:30 PM             Human Trafficking Breakout Sessions

  • Margaret Vindischman- National Center on Missing and Exploited Children (NCMEC)
  • Northern Virginia Human Trafficking Initiative (NOVA-HTI)
  • Detective Joe McGrath- Arlington Police Department & FBI


1:30 PM               Technology Breakout Sessions

  • Professor Benjamin Bengfort - Georgetown University Data Science Program
  • Greg Bernard- US Dept. of Defense, National Security Innovation Office
  • ElasticSearch
  • PWC
  • Maplarge
  • US National Geospatial Intelligence Agency

2:30- 5 PM          Movie Room Available

6 PM                     Dinner

7 PM                     Pitch Workshop

11:30 PM              Midnight Snack

12 AM                   Hack Thru the Night!



7:30 AM                                                              Continental Breakfast   

12:00 PM                                                             Lunch   

2:00 PM                                                               Code Freeze | Hacking Ends!      

3:00 PM                                                               Live Demos Begin            

4:00 PM                                                               Judge Deliberations       

4:30 PM                                                               Winners Announced      



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 news grew shows up along the way.


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Bill Woolf

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

Anna Fraser

Anna Fraser
Senior Public Affairs Specialist

Sean Mattiello

Sean Mattiello
International Justice Mission

Judging Criteria

  • Judging Criteria
    Impact: How impactful will this solution be for it’s target audience? 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?