LA Times — After Their Friend is Killed in Nice Attack, Berkeley Students Create Class to Tackle Terrorism

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“We have a bunch of talented people here in Berkeley, and we had experienced one of the world’s most dire problems,” Heintz said. “We were frustrated that we couldn’t apply these skills to what's happening in the world. Nick’s death was part of the motivation, but it was more about the atrocity and problem as a whole.”


The academic endeavor materialized in the format of an Innovation Collider course, a special project run through the campus’ Pantas and Ting Sutardja Center for Entrepreneurship & Technology. With the help of experts working in the field, the students sought ways to track the illicit flow of bitcoin, make it easier to track flight data and try to unravel complicated webs of related charities that could have links to terrorism.

Alice Ma