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DHS Invest2Prevent Competition: 2022 Results

The DHS sponsored competition for university students to solve national challenges and test their skills.

The Department of Homeland Security’s Center for Prevention Programs and Partnerships (CP3), in collaboration with the McCain Institute for International Leadership, hosted the finalists of Invent2Prevent, a program that empowers university students to create innovative projects that could help prevent terrorism. Duke University was named the University level winner.

“DHS is always seeking ways to expand our work with communities across the country to help prevent acts of targeted violence. Invent2Prevent empowers young people to help prevent this violence using their experiences and knowledge of the issues,” said Deputy Secretary of Homeland Security John Tien. “These students are proof that the next generation of leaders can build a more secure and prosperous nation for everyone through key tools such as connection, communication, and digital media.”

Since its first competition in the spring of 2021, Invent2Prevent, more than 700 students in 111 collegiate programs across 32 states and Washington D.C. have participated in the competition.

“It inspires hope and confidence to see this younger generation onstage presenting such innovative solutions to some of the hardest problems in the targeted violence and terrorism prevention space. It’s the highlight of every Invent2Prevent semester,” said Dr. Rachel Nielsen, Director for Preventing Targeted Violence at the McCain Institute. “This program empowers our nation’s youth to address targeted violence in their own ways, knowing the challenges their generation faces. The confidence and excitement that this ultimately builds in our students is priceless.”

The three university finalists finished in the following order:

Duke University, Durham, NC: Lumi Media Consulting works to counter the spread of violent extremist ideologies by remodeling anti-hate organizations’ social media presences to better reach their desired audiences, resulting in higher levels of engagement with their sites and increased awareness of resources offered. Lumi Media Consulting provides social media, logo design, video editing and advertising services.

University of South Carolina, Columbia, SC: No Name, No Fame is an educational program and movement that calls on journalistic reporters, news stations, press associations, and similar media outlets to change their standards and regulations in how they report mass shootings, by limiting their naming, showing images of, or sharing identifying details about mass shooters. Through a petition and established guidelines that can be used by media outlets, the program aims to encourage media associations to redirect attention towards honoring the lives of victims and those affected instead of providing notoriety to the perpetrators of mass shootings.

Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX: AIMS (Adapt, Inform, Mobilize, Secure) is an educational toolkit for government and social media managers to effectively use social media to adapt, inform, mobilize, and secure their audiences during crisis situations. The toolkit informs on how to gain situational awareness, engage and build trust with stakeholders, and share important information with their audience to keep them safe.