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Palantir Hack Week 2015

Last week, we held our 7th annual Hack Week. Hack Week is an annual week-long tradition where small teams explore a project that’s completely outside their day-to-day work. There aren’t any rules about what problems to solve or products to build. During Hack Week, Palantirians create prototypes, or even entirely new products, that take us in unexpected and unplanned directions.

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Operation Double Trouble: Supporting Recovery Efforts in Wimberley

A series of flash floods hit Wimberley, Texas over Memorial Day weekend, sweeping away more than 1,000 homes and killing a dozen people. Within hours, Team Rubicon, a non-profit organization founded and run by military veterans, mobilized an all-volunteer force to help Wimberley recover from the devastation. We deployed a team of six Palantirians to work alongside Team Rubicon in “Operation Double Trouble,” including four interns who shared about their experiences below.

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Scholarship for Women in Engineering

At Palantir, our mission is to find or develop solutions for the world’s hardest problems. Since 2010, our annual scholarship has helped us discover and reward students doing just that. Our scholarship is now targeted towards undergraduate women and sponsored by our Women in Engineering group. This year, from a record pool of applicants, we chose nine finalists who we believe represent the best of what women in technology have to offer.

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Women in Cybersecurity Conversation and Cocktails

Women in Cybersecurity will bring together women leaders from the cybersecurity field to discuss the evolving cyber threat and opportunities for practitioners in this growing field. Hosted by Melody Hildebrandt from Palantir Technologies and Elena Kvochko of the World Economic Forum, the event will feature leaders from the prosecutorial, academic, financial services, and other industry fields to discuss their diverse experiences in the the cybersecurity field and lessons learned for future leaders.

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Housing Homeless Veterans with Palantir Homelink

It is estimated that on any given night, 50,000 veterans are homeless in the United States, including over 12,000 Iraq and Afghanistan veterans. For homeless veterans across the U.S., the process of finding permanent housing can be difficult and slow. Homeless service providers struggle to meet the complicated federal and local requirements for funding and housing, and legacy databases are siloed and outdated. Veterans end up bouncing between various organizations, filling out dozens of forms, and sitting on housing waiting lists for up to 300 days.

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Food for Thought: Improving Farmer Livelihoods on 3 Continents

With much of the US focusing on the dinner table at Thanksgiving, we at Palantir wanted to share a video about our work helping Grameen Foundation and other partner organizations use data to alleviate food insecurity and improve livelihoods for smallholder farmers around the world. Improving these farmers’ lives represents one of the world’s most important problems, as over two billion people make their living from agriculture, and smallholder farmers making up 70% of the world’s extreme poor. Watch the video below to see how our technology is helping our partners better target products and services to improve farmers’ productivity and sustainability, optimize farming practices to improve crop yields, and invest in services that work through more effective program monitoring & evaluation. It is critical for organizations working in the space to use data effectively in order to support these outcomes, and we are looking forward to building on this body of work in 2015 to continue to support our partners’ excellent work around the world.

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C4ADS helps East African authorities and local NGOs seize over $10MM in illicit environmental goods

Throughout 2014, our partners at C4ADS have been using Palantir Gotham to uncover illicit networks involved in elephant poaching and the lucrative illegal ivory trade. C4ADS has integrated and analyzed open source data to shine a light on transnational networks trafficking in elephant ivory and other illegal environmental goods, while working with a coalition of NGOs, government partners, and private corporations. As an example of direct impact from this work, C4ADS’ analysis recently helped East African authorities identify a likely illicit shipment, leading to the seizure of at least $11 million in illegal environmental goods and making for one of the largest environmental crime seizures in African history.

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