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UNILAG Students Emerge Winners Of UN Hackathon4Justice Competition

Winners of the Hackathon4Justice Competition. Photo:
Winners of the Hackathon4Justice Competition. Photo:

Three University of Lagos (UNILAG) students, David Popoola, Eyitayo Ogunbiyi and Chukwudumebi Onwuli, have won the Hackathon4Justice competition organized by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC).

Organized in partnership with FACEBOOK and Africa TeenGeeks, the competition was geared towards sparking creativity in young people, challenging them to employ coding skills to solve problems pertaining to the rule of law in the areas of corruption, integrity, and ethics; crime prevention and criminal justice; organized crime; human trafficking and terrorism and violent extremism.

The competition last for two days and after about twenty-nine hours of coding, the trio from UNILAG beat forty-seven other students from nine institutions to clinch the winning prize.

Report revealed that their solution was tagged “Let’s Fight Trafficking (TFL), and focuses on the tracking and exposure of human traffickers as well as rescue and rehabilitation of victims.

The software also has a portal for victims’ close friends to file reports about trafficking in their area. Additionally, it provides a heat map generated from reports to let users know where trafficking is prevalent and what preventive measures to take.

As the winning team, the UNILAG trio would be heading to the Global Hackathon4Justice event to be held at the Google Headquarters in Silicon Valley, California, United States, in August 2019.

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