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We challenge you to present a solution that enhances, or overcomes policy blockers to effective public-private collaboration in the fight against counterfeiting.

Challenge Start Date

October 31, 2022

Registration Deadline

February 15, 2023

Submission Deadline

March 1, 2023

Demo Day

May 5, 2023

Winners & Highlight Video


Projects will be evaluated based on the criteria outlined above. Winning teams must designate one team member who is able to receive the prize(s) on behalf of the team. This team member must be able to complete an IRS Form W-9 in order to receive a cash prize on behalf of the team. If a team member is a minor, a parent may complete the form on behalf of the team member. All prizes are subject to change.
Grand Prize Winner


Second Place Winner
A Solution to the Consumption for Counterfeit Medicine


Crowdsource Prize


Student Prize
The Spartan Solution


CINA Follow-on Research Project Prize
A-CAPP Team #1

Research Funding


We challenge you to present a solution that enhances, or overcomes policy blockers (legal, regulatory, administrative) to effective public-private collaboration in the fight against counterfeiting. Ideas that enhance data sharing and operational collaboration among the private-sector and state, local, and federal law enforcement entities are of particular interest in this event. The results of this policy hackathon will provide input for a technology-focused follow up challenge.
Questions to consider might include:
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The Background
Counterfeiting is an industry-wide, global issue, that affects all retail channels. The Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) estimates that pirated and counterfeit products make up 2.5 percent of world trade—that’s $464 billion a year, or roughly the gross domestic product of the country of Belgium. Counterfeiters deprive brand owners of the value of their intellectual property and compete unfairly with honest entrepreneurs. They are criminals that may also be associated with transnational networks engaged in a wide range of illicit behavior, including trafficking  in narcotics, arms, persons, and wildlife. Billions of dollars from these activities flow through the global economy each year, distorting local economies, diminishing legitimate business revenues, eroding social conditions, harming public safety and security, and fueling conflict.
The Internet has provided new opportunities and mechanisms for trading goods and services via e-commerce. At the same time, the openness of the Internet and the anonymity that surrounds many online transactions also make it attractive to counterfeiters, providing them with easy access to markets, with low risk of detection and, if caught, relatively low penalties in many jurisdictions. As highlighted by OECD research, in many jurisdictions “counterfeiting goes largely unpunished due to difficulties in coordinating effective responses and perceptions that these are ‘victimless’ crimes that do not warrant significant action,” among other challenges. Combating these crimes takes agile, multilateral, multidisciplinary teams using a full range of innovative tools. Cross-domain experts from government, industry, law enforcement, and social sciences together with technologists specializing in data mining and analysis, AI/ML, IP rights or other areas can make huge in-roads in detecting counterfeits and disrupting supply chains.



Kick Off Guest Speakers



August 2022

August 5, 2022

Registration Opens

Thursday, August 27, 2022

11am EST

Hackathon Kick off Event

October 2022

October 7, 2022

11:59pm EST

Registration Closes

October 13, 2022

5pm EST

Submission Deadline

October 21, 2022

Finalists Invited to Demo Day

November 2022

Saturday, November 5, 2022

10am EST

Demo Day- Team Demos, Judging, Winners Announced

Rules and submissions

Submissions must reflect the original work of the project team alone and must consist of the following components:


Projects will be judged based on the following criteria:



Tools, Data, & IP Rights

Participants are permitted to use any commercially known open source tools. Participants are also encouraged to use their own proprietary solutions to develop creative and efficient products. If you are representing a company, your company’s proprietary software assets are also allowed to be used with the appropriate permission from your organization. Please reference the Terms and Conditions to confirm that all IP rights remain with the participant and/or the organization they are representing.
All participants must agree to the Terms and Conditions listed.


Q: Does a team need to be present in-person for Demo Day?
Q: Will travel funds rbe provided for teams selected to present at Demo Day?
Q: How long will Demo Day presentation be?


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