NW3C partnered with WVU's Forensic Science Department to host an exhibit at the 2013 National Boy Scout Jamboree.
Over 40,000 scouts, leaders and volunteers descended on Mt. Hope, West Virginia, July 15-25, turning it briefly into the third most populated city in West Virginia. NW3C was proud to partner with West Virginia University’s Forensic Science Department to host an exhibit at the conference, sharing expertise in cell phone forensics and social media safety.
Scouts learned about tools for which NW3C provides training, such as PerphoundTM and CellebriteTM. They also learned about social media sites such as Tweetgrid and Bing Maps and the importance of updating privacy settings on their social media profiles.
Approximately 20,000-25,000 Scouts visited the NW3C exhibit during the course of the jamboree. The tent featured a simulated crime scene station, and six additional stations with instruction about facial recognition, ballistics, blood spatter, fingerprints, footprints, and digital evidence. A patch was given to each scout who visited all seven stations, helping to make the tent one of the most popular at the jamboree.
NW3C’s Fraud Complaint Supervisor Jeff Lybarger was on-site during the jamboree and noted the importance of our participation. “This generation of kids is the first to have lifelong access to the Internet, text messaging and mobile phones…It’s our responsibility to educate them on the pitfalls, as well as advantages, of this technology.”
NW3C’s services proved particularly valuable to one attendee when his cell phone was damaged and the service provider concluded that all information on it was lost. The distressed cell phone owner turned to NW3C and we used our expertise in digital forensics to save the day by retrieving the data from the non-functioning device.
The week ended with tired Scouts and NW3C trainers, but all in attendance deemed participation at the jamboree very worthwhile.
NW3C's Jeff Lybarger instructs Scouts at the Jamboree.