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2 Pitt teams will present their winning Hacking4Humanity projects to Gov. Josh Shapiro

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Winners of the 2024 Hacking4Humanity competition were invited to present their projects, which offer tech and policy solutions to mitigate hate and create safer communities online, at Pennsylvania Gov. Josh Shapiro’s residence on March 22.

A collaboration by the University of Pittsburgh, Carnegie Mellon University and Duquesne University, the hackathon combines technology and policy to offer socially aware solutions for combatting online hate.

Pitt students won the grand prize in both categories. Graduate School of Public and International Affairs student Myles Cramer took home the policy prize for his project "Protecting Youth from Hateful Conduct and Sexual Harassment Online." In the tech division, “HateBot” won top marks for Rory McCann, junior in the School of Computing and Information (SCI) and the David C. Frederick Honors College; Chase Lahner, SCI senior; Ivan Puri, a junior in the Kenneth P. Dietrich School of Arts and Sciences; and Holden Gent, SCI junior.