c4adsGlobal acts of terror have become a regular occurrence and have recently affected the Berkeley community directly with the death of two students over the summer of 2016.  

In response to these tragedies, the best thing we as a community can do is apply our skills to develop tools and technologies to thwart the intentions of individuals and organizations globally who are using modern technology to recruit and finance terror activity.

This Collider Project is generously sponsored by the Center for Advanced Defense Studies.



Kickoff Date:  January 30, 2017 at SCET Berkeley from 2:00 - 4:00 pm


The Challenge

Students will work under the advisement of counter-terrorism experts to develop solutions that will leverage the latest in data science tools and technologies to increase the productivity of experts and analysts trying to stay one step ahead of criminals using social media, mobile banking, crypto-currencies, shell companies, shadow NGOs, etc., to raise and move funds around the globe.


Provide NGOs working in counter-terrorism tools and methods that enhance their ability to an aggregate and analyze data. This will be in the form of a minimum viable product accompanied by market research and a sustainable business model.


Center for Advanced Defense Studies
C4ADS is a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing data-driven analysis and evidence-based reporting on global conflict and transnational security issues.

They engage with local and international audiences and produce compelling analysis on conflict and security issues. In doing so, C4ADS fills a critical gap left by traditional public sector and profit-driven institutions.


Yaya Jata Fanusie - Lead Advisor
Yaya previously served as a counterterrorism analyst in the U.S. intelligence community, providing analysis to senior-level U.S. officials, including the President of the United States, while assigned to the National Counterterrorism Center (NCTC). Yaya is currently a Senior Director of Analysis at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies, a think tank based in Washington D.C.
Yaya will be engaging with students remotely to answer questions in the space, and responsible for guiding teams product development. He will also attend the Kickoff Event, Midterm Pitch Competition, and Final Internal Demo Day.

Financial Integrity Network
FIN delivers a broad array of strategic, advisory, and technical services to a diverse group of financial clients committed to financial integrity.  FIN's services, assist clients in designing and implementing financial integrity strategies and systems to combat and protect against the full range of illicit financing threats.

Lead Students
Anjali Banerjee, Tyler Heintz, and Alice Ma are undergraduate students who proposed the challenge and are leading the efforts to execute the Collider.


Who Should Apply? 

Graduate and undergraduate students in data science, computer science, cognitive science, IEOR, public policy and political science are encouraged to apply.  Also, those with demonstrated experience or interest in cyber security, crypto-currencies, and anti-money laundering are welcome. Participation will be limited to approximately 20 students and projects will be team-based.

Students can take it for 2 units credit
INDENG 190C Special Topics: Innovation Collider
Class # 27359
Academic Units: 2
Graded or Pass/No Pass