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November 18, 2018 - The 'Hackathon for good' has finished.

The First Line Software Team went to work on the challenge of NCIA/NATO, how it could recognize fake news. Our software engineers developed an open source solution that combines and identifies any objects and texts, placed on images and recognizes relationships between key elements of the image.

As part of the solution, the team also launched an application that detects information based on the level of correlation between images, sets of graphical objects, and text terms. As a result, we delivered an innovative data solution for problems focused on fake news. It was a great final result for such a difficult challenge.

The Hackathon for good is an initiative of the Municipality of The Hague and the Data Science Initiative. During the software competition 27 teams representing more than 22 nationalities worked on the development of innovative data solutions for problems that included: humanitarian disasters (Red Cross), fake news (NCIA), evidence (ICC), emergency funds (World Vison) and land grabbing (Asser Institute).

More than 125 tech talents from the Netherlands and abroad participated in the Hackathon for good last weekend. The hackathon is the first public project of the Data Science Initiative, an initiative of tech entrepreneurs, universities, government and knowledge institutions in The Hague that are committed to facilitating peace, justice and security through big data and Artificial Intelligence: Tech for good.

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David Tedford

Vice President

David Tedford has over 20 years of sales experience within the IT/software industry. He excels at being immersed in a customer's environment, understanding his customers requirements, crafting solutions to meet those requirements, and ultimately providing solutions to his customers.

Vladimir Litoshenko

Senior Vice President

As the head of business development for First Line Software, Vladimir heads up business development in Western Europe and Russia.

Vladimir began his career in IT in 2002, when, as a student of Faculty of Automation of Computer Science of the First Electrotechnical University (ETU “LETI”), he began his work at The Morfizpribor Central Research Institute (CRI). Vladimir joined the StarSoft team (predecessor of First Line Software) in 2004 as a Junior Software Developer. As he gained experience with more and more projects, he was promoted to leadership roles.

Richard Leslie

UK Business Development

Richard has over 15 years of sales and account management expertise in the IT and Tech sector. He has worked on many outsourcing engagements with global companies.

David Fien


David is a business development professional with more than 20 years’ experience as a specialist in the acquisition of partnerships and IT/software services for associations, not-for profits and corporations in Australia, New Zealand and USA. He has specific expertise in the healthcare, legal and hospitality industries.