Lost identity documents, issues of birth registration in their country of origin, refusal by foreign authorities: migrant children without documents to prove their age are especially vulnerable to hazardous forms of work, early marriages, underage recruitment into fighting forces or being treated as an adult in criminal proceedings. The currently used age determination techniques (bone age x-rays, dental examinations, anthropometric measurements, psycho-social assessments) are questionable in many ways, and have a 2-years error margin, while the main target population of juveniles is 14-18 years old. It is required to develop the reliability of the currently used methods and possibly find new, more accurate ways of age assessment.

Project Team

Amos Doornbos

Amos has a passion for applying technology to make the lives of beneficiaries and frontline staff easier. He spends most of his time convincing agencies technology is the easy part; the real challenge being changing people’s behaviour and organisational processes and culture. Amos has over 15 years of experience working in humanitarian aid in over 25 countries – within large and small iNGOs, creating new innovative NGOs, and consulting and coaching. In his spare time, he enjoys serving on boards of social enterprises and creating things – from websites to sheds to houses, gardens and cakes.

Ben Krikler

Ben is a particle physicist working on the CMS (CERN) and LUX-ZEPLIN (SURF, USA) experiments to search for Dark Matter. Ben graduated in Physics from Imperial College London and (after a brief stint learning to motorcycle in Asia) started his PhD in Particle Physics on the COMET experiment in Japan. Ben is an expert in large-scale distributed simulations, data analysis, machine learning, and general software development as a Fellow of the UK’s Software Sustainability Institute.

Ben Parker

Ben is a journalist and aid worker with a coding habit. Now senior editor for the news service IRIN in Geneva, he has worked in humanitarian affairs, online media and fragile states for more than 20 years. In 2013, Ben was director of communications for the UN in Mogadishu. Before that he headed the UN’s humanitarian office in Syria. Ben is a critical analyst of humanitarian response, based on his experience, which includes years in Ethiopia, Kenya, South Sudan and Darfur. His technology interests include web scraping, corporate networks, aid transparency and data journalism.

Fabrice Crégut

Fabrice has been working in international humanitarian aid and development for more than 10 years. With a Masters in International Law and Humanitarian Action, he has been living and working in South Sudan, Togo, Indian Kashmir, Tanzania and Afghanistan. He has been working for the last 7 years as global advisor on juvenile justice for Terre des hommes Foundation, where he participates in technical support to more than 20 field missions and in developping the expertise of the organization with a specific current interest on prevention of delinquancy and violent extremism as well as justice in emergency settings.

Lorène Métral

Lorène Métral, holds a Bachelor in International Relations as well as an interdisciplinary Master in Children’s Rights of the University of Geneva. She is working in the field of Advocacy for the NGO Terre des hommes – helping children worldwide. Passionate about the promotion of the rights of the child, Lorène has been active with several children’s rights organisations. Her field of expertise is the child’s right to identity in the context of international adoption and surrogacy arrangement. She is also currently working on the topic of migrant children with a focus on unaccompanied minors.

Michael Kagan

Expert in large-scale data analysis, pattern recognition, and ATLAS pixel detector quality assurance.

Paolo Gradassi

Distracted engineer interested in making the world a better place.

Peter Prix

Peter is a passionate aid worker, currently in the process of launching a non-profit tech startup OneRelief, which is leveraging micropayment and crowdfunding tools during humanitarian emergencies to mobilize funding. Peter has over five years of experience working in international development and humanitarian response with the German bilateral development cooperation and the United Nations, in particular the Office of the UN Resident Coordinator and UNESCO. He holds an M.Sc. in Development Economics from Euromed Management in Marseilles, France. Peter has a particular interest in new technologies and their applications in the context of social change. He strongly believes in collaboration and crowdsourcing and is open to new ideas and cultures as he moves around in the world.

Pia Massatsch

Physicist and biomedical engineer, cook and kitchen workshop leader, it’s when things get interdisciplinary and multicultural that Pia enjoys them the most. After a PhD in biomedical optics she chose to focalise on gastronomy for several years and just recently returned to Scientifics. What brought her back was the feeling that all over the world great research was going on, combined with the obvious lack of application even of the most basic discoveries in a major part of the world. She is currently project manager at the EssentialMed foundation.

Sean Carroll

Sean has has lived and worked in several countries and across many industries. Starting his professional life as a software trainer, he has since worked in a wide variety of technical, business and leadership roles. Currently employed at EPFL, he previously worked at MSF and is interested in applying disruptive technologies such as mobile phones and machine learning to helping the world’s most vulnerable people. A father, he enjoys socialising, travel and a good book.

Serim Hande Tarcan

Hande is a sixth-year medical student from Acibadem University, Turkey. She has been working with displaced communities, especially Syrian refugees in Turkey. Hande is currently working on a mobile application for better collection and storage of health records of refugees in Istanbul. Improving healthcare access for vulnerable populations and enhanced social integration of refugees into their host communities are main interests of hers at the moment. Hande also tries to learn coding for creating innovative solutions for healthcare but we can say that she is not so successful at this, yet.

Sylvestro di Luise

Physicist working on material characterisations for future accelerator developments.

Timokleia Kousi

Timokleia is a veterinarian with clinical and research orientation, actively engaged in humanitarian issues. Idealist and goal oriented, believing in change and people.

Vitalija Kolisova

Vitalija is a communication expert with background in public sector and journalism. Currently she works for Lithuanian Innovation Centre but has a prior knowledge and experience in framing, implementing and communicating social policy. Her interests include politics, international relations, humanitarian and social issues, conflict resolution and security. To blow some steam of Vitalija plays tennis, when tired hikes, and cooks to relax. This is her first hackathon.