Missing Children Society of Canada and Microsoft partner
On May 10, 2017, the Missing Children Society of Canada (MCSC) partnered with Microsoft Tech for Good to finalize its Child Finder Project (CFP). CFP was created to help "expedite the recovery of children in danger by allowing them to share information from their social media accounts with police". A hackathon, the second of its kind since the partnership between MCSC and Microsoft was forged in 2015, was held where developers worked to create new programs to help expand available resources for this initiative.
MCSC Hackathon 2.0 took place place during the annual Microsoft Global Build Conference in Seattle, WA, empowering “Microsoft’s core team of coders and engineers to harness the power of technology for social good”.
Founded more than 30 years ago, MCSC is a non-profit organization providing programs to assist and support police and families across Canada and internationally in the active and ongoing search for missing children.
The Microsoft Global Build Conference, which brings together over 5,000 developers from around the world, says it “sets a stage for innovation, experimentation and ultimately progress in the worlds of programming and design”.
“We are so grateful for Microsoft’s continued support and involvement in the Child Finder Project,” said MCSC CEO Amanda Pick. “Thanks to the allocation of its resources, brainpower, and unabashed enthusiasm for the project, we are thrilled to shortly unveil what will decidedly be a groundbreaking piece of technology for our organization.”
“At Microsoft, our mission is to enable every person and organization on the planet to achieve more and the mission of MCSC is a great example of a company that brings this to life by harnessing the power of technology to locate and return missing children,” said Microsoft Sr. Audience Evangelism Manager Anthony Bartolo. “There is so much passion for this Child Finder Project and the Microsoft team is looking forward to finalizing the project and being able to aid in the efforts of finding missing children.”