GeoComply has launched a TechSprint.
Called “Hacking Child Protection,” the global hackathon-style event is aimed at driving innovation and encouraging creative solutions to protect children online.
The virtual event, put on in collaboration with Child Rescue Coalition, seeks to address core technical challenges in investigating online child sexual exploitation offenders.
“We are thrilled to be launching this important event,” says Anna Sainsbury, a cofounder of GeoComply who returned to its helm earlier this year. “With 29 million reports of suspected online child exploitation last year, it’s imperative that the technology community comes together to get in front of this critical issue.”
Interested teams of up to five people have four weeks to submit written proposals to address one of the challenges included in the brief. Six teams will be selected to develop their solutions over a two week period, with support and mentorship from both GeoComply and Child Rescue Coalition.
“Technology is central to creating a safer internet, so I encourage anyone with a passion for building solutions that will change lives, to get involved in Hacking Child Protection,” Sainsbury added.
The event culminates in a live-streamed “Demo Day” event whereby shortlisted teams will pitch their solutions to a panel of judges and global audience. GeoComply is offering a total of $10,000 in cash prizes to the top three teams.
“Hacking Child Protection is an opportunity to address core technical challenges to investigating online child sexual exploitation,” says William Wiltse, President of Child Rescue Coalition. “We are grateful to GeoComply for bringing the technology community together to aid in the prosecution of criminals and protect the innocence of children.”
Founded in 2011, GeoComply provides fraud prevention and cybersecurity solutions that detect location fraud and help verify a user’s true digital identity. Recognized as one of BC’s top employers, the Vancouver-based company achieved Unicorn status in 2021 following a significant investment last year.