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Using data science to stop sex trafficking...for good 


Boston - January 23-24




Using data science to stop sex trafficking...for good 


Boston - January 23-24

Join Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey's Office, 
Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh's Office, and Thomson Reuters' Data Innovation Lab
for a social justice hackathon to ERADICATE SEX TRAFFICKING...ONE HACK AT A TIME.

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All hosted events will take place at District Hall.

75 Northern Ave, Boston


DAY 1:

Saturday, January 23

9:00 – 10:00am:        Breakfast and Registration

10:00 – 11:00am:       Opening Presentations

11:00 - 11:30am:          Networking and Team Organization

11:30 – 1:00pm:          Hacking Begins

1:00 – 2:00pm:           Lunch

2:00 – 6:30pm:          Hacking Continues

6:30 - 7:00pm:            Progress Presentations


DAY 2:

Sunday, January 24

9:00 – 10:00am:          Breakfast

10:00 – 10:15am:        Guest Presentations

10:15 – 1:00pm:          Hacking Continues

1:00 – 2:00pm:            Networking Lunch

2:00 – 3:40pm:            Wrap Up Hacking

3:40 – 4:30pm:            Project Presentations

4:30 – 5:30pm:            Networking

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We welcome developers, computer scientists, data visualization specialists, project managers, and sex trafficking domain experts.


We welcome developers, computer scientists, data visualization specialists, project managers, and sex trafficking domain experts.

          LEARN.                       inspire.                    network.

Connect and mingle with the city's best and brightest minds and social change leaders.

Hear government officials, survivors, data specialists, and experts explain the intersection between online sex buying and sex trafficking.

Create innovative code, visualizations, and digital platforms designed to catalyze social change. 



Thank you for your interest in #HackTrafficking4Good. Unfortunately registration is closed at this time, but check back later for more information on upcoming hackathons. 




Q: What is a Hackathon? 

A: A Hackathon is an event where teams of analysts, coders, data visualizers, and other specialists convene within a set period of time to address a particular challenge. At the end of the event, in addition to having produced code to address an important problem, attendees will walk away with their shared experiences, refined expertise, and new contacts to build their individual portfolios. 

Q: Who can attend? 

A: We welcome computer scientists, developers and engineers, data visualization specialists, and content experts. If you have other areas of expertise you feel would help create tools to eradicate sexual exploitation, we encourage you to apply. Space is limited, so we advise to register as soon as possible. 

Q: I don't have a lot of developing and coding experience, can I still come? 

A: Of course! Our proposed projects will range in difficulty, so this is a great opportunity for individuals to learn new tricks and make connections with other programmers, developers, and experts. 

Q: Will there be food? 

A: Yes. We will be serving breakfast and lunch (including tons of coffee) on both Saturday and Sunday. 

Q: What projects will I be working on? 

A: We have divided projects into two event tracks: (a) disruption tools and (b) data analysis and visualization. Attendees will be given the opportunity to sign up for the project they are interested in working in. All projects will be outlined with additional data sets and resources on our event's Github page (link to come). All participants will upload their finished code to our repository so anti-trafficking organizations will be able to leverage it in the future. 

Q: Can I create my own project? 

A: If you have a particular project in mind that could help solve some of our proposed challenges, we wholeheartedly encourage new ideas and creativity. Please visit our Eventbrite page to submit a new project idea so we can help provide materials and information ahead of time. 

Q: I have an existing team - can we work together? 

A: Yes. All attendees will have to register separately, but you will have the opportunity to sign up for a project together on Saturday. 

Q: If I don't have a team - can I still come? 

A: Of course! We will have opportunities for participants to network and form their own teams. We won't have a set limit for team sizes, so individuals can feel free to join any project where they think they can have the most impact. 

Q: I can only come for one day. Do I have to come for both?

A: We would prefer participants to come for both days, but if you can only come for one, that's okay too. Just let us know during registration. 

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