For the very first time, Nigeria will host the CyberXchange Hackathon, a contest to find the best prototypes by building a workable idea from scratch through collaboration, in November 2016.
The contest will see university and young professionals with less than 2 years experience compete against each other. They will have the opportunity to build a hack against a cybersecurity issue.
Selected participants, who are to bring a laptop, appetite, skills and ideas, will be required to brainstorm ideas and form a team of up to 4 people. Facebook’s team of experts will provide expert guidance.
Judges including, Regina Wallace-Jones, Head of Security Operations Facebook, popular celebrity, Eldee and others will be on hand to assess the participants and their hacks.
The winners of the contest will receive prizes, worldwide exposure and so much more.
“We hope to discover new talents, methods and ideas; and to encourage development in the field of information security. It is our hope that besides discovering gifted hackers and cyber-defenders, the CyberXchange 2016 Hack-a-thon will inspire the development of West Africa’s Information security professionals of the future,” said Facebook, sponsors of the competition.
Interested participants should apply for the contest before August 30, 2016. Those accepted to take part in the contest will be notified by September 24, 2016.
The contest proper will hold on November 2 – 3, 2016 at the Landmark event Center, Lagos, Nigeria.
The CyberXchange Hackathon is part of CyberXchange 2016, the largest cyber security conference in West Africa. Launched in 2014, the conference is designed to shine a spotlight on new and emerging technology that’s transforming the ways business is done in West Africa.