All the three finalists are Emerging Media and Computer Science students at Hunter College. Joy Chiang Ling’s prototype will be sponsored for full development and deployment by end-users in the target sectors. The other finalists included Asmaa Abbas (2nd) and Kristian Walsh (3rd).
The Challenge, hosted by ECPAT-USA, prompted participants to design a prototype for a web/mobile app that would be used by the hospitality/tourism/transportation industries to combat the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC). ECPAT-USA is a leading anti-trafficking policy organization in the United States working to protect every child’s basic human right to grow up free from the threat of sexual exploitation and trafficking.
The mPathy project’s goal is to address the pressing challenges to the most vulnerable sectors of our population by creating and implementing web and mobile technology, and harnessing the talent and energy of creative designers and developers to tackle high-priority problems that are already identified by NPO and NGO organizations.
Additionally, the mPathy Project aims to bridge the gap between new talent/designers/developers looking for opportunities to grow their experience and portfolios and NPO/NGOs interested in possible tech solutions to aid their cause-related efforts.
Learn more about the mPathy Project and the ECPAT Challenge here