Registrations for the hackathon are still open, with over 1200 applicants having registered so far. The event will be hosted by Ignite and will involve teams that will compete in various categories related to cyber security, such as application exploitation, mobile device exploitation, network attacks and exploitation, operating systems exploitation, and speed programming. The applicant pool is expected to contain various professionals, university students and hackers from all over the country. The top three teams from each of the aforementioned categories will be awarded cash prizes, worth a total amount of Rs. 6 million.
The hackathon is aimed at providing a platform for the discussion of cyber security issues and concerns as well as practical experience for national cyber security resources, with the hope that this event will aid in the strengthening and improvement of cyber security measures by conducting national cyber drills.
Asim Shahryar Husain, the CEO of Ignite, said regarding the event, “Ignite is excited about hosting Pakistan’s first nationwide cybersecurity hackathon in collaboration with IT Ministry, PTA, SBP, NEPRA, and other partners. There is a shortage of 3-4 million cybersecurity professionals globally. Our goal is to identify and reward cybersecurity talent in Pakistan.”