2023 NW ICAC & Technology Conference Recap


Media Contact:
Chris Hendrickson, Communications Manager
Seattle Police Foundation
425-205-0328 ● chris@seattlepolicefoundation.org   

SEATTLE, Wash. – The ninth annual NW ICAC & Technology Conference took place October 3 – 5 in Redmond, Washington, welcoming investigators and industry professionals from all over the world.

The annual conference is coordinated by the Seattle Police Department-led Washington State Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) Task Force, in partnership with Microsoft, which serves as the host. Since its inception in 2015, Seattle’s ICAC conference has become known as a model of excellence, effectively blending collaboration and innovation to try and curb the exponential growth of technology-facilitated crimes against children. The Seattle Police Foundation is proud to serve as the fiscal agent on behalf of the WA ICAC TF, accepting sponsorships from both private and corporate partners.

The 2023 conference was made possible through generous sponsorships from Operation Underground Railroad (OUR), Cellebrite, Google, and Microsoft. The WA ICAC TF’s national training partners Griffeye, SEARCH, the National Criminal Justice Training Center (NCJTC), and the National White Collar Crime Center (NW3C) all donated their time and expertise. 

The resource-dense conference welcomed 900 attendees, 34 exhibitors, and 170 speakers from various corners of the world, who came together to learn, network, and collaborate, all with the end goal of advancing the fight against criminals who use the internet to prey on kids and vulnerable young adults. Plenary speakers included SPD Assistant Chief of Police Tom Mahaffey, Microsoft General Manager and Chief Digital Safety Officer Courtney Gregoire, Acting U.S. Attorney Tessa Gorman, and a keynote speaker who reminded all in attendance of the importance of their work before sharing their story. 

This conference and others like it provide a vital forum for investigators, forensic examiners, social workers, nonprofit professionals, technology professionals, and others who work in this space to connect, build relationships, and work together. The conference is free for attendees, and the WA ICAC TF is committed to providing grants to smaller agencies that don’t have travel budgets.

This year, thanks to our generous sponsors, the WA ICAC TF was able to cover lodging expenses for 65 attendees, who otherwise may not have been able to attend.

In October 2024, the NW ICAC & Technology Conference celebrates its 10th anniversary. If you are interested in sponsoring this milestone event, please contact ICAC Strategic Advisor Kelly Crouch at: Kelly.Crouch@seattle.gov. For more information about the conference, visit the website. For more details about the role of the Seattle Police Foundation, visit SPF’s ICAC webpage.