2022 Call for Applications- Third Accelerator Program

Tech Against Trafficking (TAT) is delighted to announce a call for applications for the third TAT Accelerator Program, which will launch in September 2022.  Organizations are invited to apply by filling out the form below. The deadline for applications is July 1st, 2022.
 
The Accelerator
The  Accelerator is TAT's flagship program. Launched in 2019, this collaborative 10-month program advances and scales the work of organizations with promising technology solutions by providing resources and support from our member companies.
 
These resources may include technical expertise, network access, mentorship, and educational opportunities to accelerate the growth, scale, and impact of the participating organizations.
 
Who May Apply
We welcome applications from organizations around the world hoping to improve, scale, or innovate their use of technology to combat human trafficking and modern slavery.
 
The goal of the application is to hear about your work, the barriers your organization faces, and how you believe technology can support your efforts. Your responses to the questions will help gauge how TAT could support your organization and your eligibility and fit for the third Accelerator.
 
We evaluate applications on the following criteria:
  • Mission Alignment: The applicant uses, or plans to use, technology to scale or advance their efforts to combat human trafficking.
  • Effectiveness: The improved or scaled use of technology will drive the applicant closer to realizing its self-stated mission and goals.
  • Impact: The implementation of technology or deployment of technology tools has/will yield positive, measurable outcomes.
  • Sustainability: The applicant has, or is willing to, partner with TAT to consider the short- and long-term feasibility, financial sustainability, and an adequate roll-out plan for technology systems and tools.
  • Scalability: The applicant is interested in scaling beyond its current impact.
  • Potential: Support of the applicant’s organization will enable learnings or solutions that benefit the broader anti-trafficking field.
Previous Accelerator participants have included:
  • IOM's Counter-Trafficking Data Collaborative - Over the course of the Accelerator, TAT and CTDC partnered on workstreams related to privacy-preserving mechanisms, data standards, and increased platform engagement. The team explored how victim case data and data analysis can be shared in such a way as to protect victim privacy, addressed data standards in the field, and engaged with stakeholders to best understand how the CTDC platform could evolve.
  • The Lantern Project - TAT supported The Lantern Project to develop a more streamlined and efficient cloud infrastructure and assisted in developing their ability to identify potential victims for outreach, while also filtering out spam advertisements. TAT also provided assistance on the development of a more well-established business strategy as a software-as-a-service company.
  • Unseen UK - During the Accelerator, Unseen UK focused on data analysis and productization as well as developments of their business model as a software-as-a-service company. In addition to improvements to their cloud infrastructure, TAT worked with Unseen UK develop their insight generation and case matching capabilities, enabling more informed assistance and accurate reporting as well as the identification of patterns within case records. Additionally, TAT assisted Unseen UK to refine their positioning for B2B audiences and streamline their data storage for cost savings.
Organizations from the Global South or countries / regions with high prevalence rates of human trafficking are strongly encouraged to apply.

Timeline:
May 10th: Application period opens
July 1st: Application period closes
July-August: Tech Against Trafficking Secretariat reviews the applications and contacts shortlisted applicants for additional information and interviews
September: Accelerator participants announced at Tech Against Trafficking Summit. The 10-month program will launch shortly thereafter

Please note that the application form will not save your responses until they have been submitted.

We look forward to receiving your application!
Application Form
Basics

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* 1. General Information

Mission, Operations, and Needs

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* 2. Please describe the mission and goals of your organization.

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* 3. How does your organization currently use technology? Please share specific technologies or tools your organization uses and for what purpose.

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* 4. Are there specific challenges your organization is currently facing that you believe technology could help address?

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* 5. What barriers have you encountered in the development or use of technology? (Please feel free to reference administrative barriers related such as limited internal resources, funding, or expertise, or programmatic barriers such as the of lack of uptake of the technology or accessibility issues for beneficiaries.)

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* 6. Has your organization created or deployed your own technology tools or applications to combat trafficking?

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* 7. Have you been able to measure the impact technology has had on your work and on human trafficking more broadly? Please describe the impact (both qualitative and quantitative if relevant).

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* 8. Where do you see the greatest opportunities to use / deploy technology for further the impact of your organization?

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* 9. Does your organization have plans to scale your use of technology in the future? Please describe your plans.

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* 10. How is your use of technology supported in terms of funding and resources?

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* 11. What are your greatest needs in terms of developing, maintaining, and/or scaling the use of technology / technology tool(s)?

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* 12. What challenges do you hope the Tech Against Trafficking team can help you to address through the Accelerator Program?

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* 13. Do you consent to receiving emails from Tech Against Trafficking?

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Thank you for your interest in participating in the third Tech Against Trafficking Accelerator. We look forward to reviewing your application!

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