''This hackathon presents an unprecedented opportunity for finding solutions to some of the most challenging problems we face today’’  

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We are proud to have such a strong and respected panel of jurors that will decide which teams deserve to win next week. Juror Irakli Beridze, Head and founder of the Centre for Artificial Intelligence and Robotics, UNICRI at the United Nations shares his story in the run-up to the #Hackathonforgood.

What is your expertise as one of the jurors and what will be your key points of attention during the Hackathon?
’’I would like to see some concrete, and situation applicable solutions which are not only relevant today but may become very relevant in the near future, and therefore, some of the criteria I always pay attention to is a vision which enables us to take concrete steps in the exponentially changing world we are living in. ‘‘

I have around two decades of experience leading stakeholder engagement programs, fostering scientific and technical cooperation between governments, UN agencies, international organizations, think tanks, civil society, academia, and private industry. Starting in 2015, I am heading the UNICRI Programme on A.I. and Robotics. I am a member of various of international task forces and working groups advising governments and international organizations on numerous issues related to international security, emerging technologies and global political trends.’’

Why is it so important that we try to solve world problems specifically with technology?
’’I am currently involved in detecting security, safety and economic threats and posing global solutions through the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. Crime Prevention, Criminal justice, as well as Law enforcement and national security is one of the areas where AI and robotics has the potential to compliment or even greatly enhance traditional techniques. Many national law enforcement agencies are already exploring the application of AI to enhance crime prevention and control. Some countries have explored this further than others and there are a wide variety of use cases in line with national priorities on crime prevention and control.

For example, the law enforcement is an information-based activity. Information is gathered, processed and acted upon in order to prevent or control crime. For law enforcement to be effective it requires large quantities of information, or data, on human behavior, collected from a variety of sources, and therefore it is essential to efficiently acquire, analyze and act upon information.

 The hackathon on 17 – 18 November presents an unprecedented opportunity for finding solutions to some of the most challenging problems we face today, and contribute to our strive for living in more just and peaceful world. ‘‘

What is your view on the challenges that the hackers will face during The Hackathon for Good?
’’I believe that all challenges that the teams will be working on are very important, but at the same time, what is more important is the creativity a time-line applicability of solutions that will be presented.’’

Where are you most excited about?
’’I am looking forward to see if we can take some of the solutions presented at the Hackathon and directly apply in the concrete projects that we are currently working or will be working in the near future. I am looking forward to be further inspired by a creativity, enthusiasm and energy of the teams!’’

Emiel Lijbrink