Within the Erasmus+ project ISSES – Information Security Services Education in Serbia, coordinated by the University of Novi Sad, the second, final round of the national student hackathon competition Serbian Cybersecurity Challenge 2020 – „From zero to hero“ was held October 22, 2020.
The student hackathon was organized as one of the ISSES project activities, focused on improvement of the higher education capacities in the field of Information Security in the Republic of Serbia, promotion of cybersecurity, as well as identification, inclusion, education and retention of young talents with the ultimate goal to decrease the shortage of cybersecurity expert workforce in the Serbian labour market.
In particular, the project activities aim toward stimulating interest for the field of cybersecurity and computer science in general, identification of young talents and their training toward capacity building in this field, raising awareness of students and other participants about the current workforce shortage in cybersecurity workforce market and connecting young talents with the potential employers.
The hackathon finals were held with the support of CYBERRANGESbySilensec platform, including seven four-member teams from higher education institutions in Serbia – Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Novi Sad, School of Electrical Engineering and Faculty of Organizational Sciences of the University of Belgrade, Faculty of Electronic Engineering of the University of Niš and Subotica Tech – College of Applied Sciences. The student teams from the School of Electrical Engineering of the University of Belgrade won the first two places, while the third place went to the team of the Faculty of Organizational Sciences of the University of Belgrade. The Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Novi Sad was represented by two student teams that won the fourth and the sixth place.
Before the final hackathon in October 2020, the first phase of the competition was organized in March 2020 using Avatao platform.
The participation of the students in the competition was free of charge and it was mainly focused on the undergraduate and master students from the Faculty of Technical Sciences of the University of Novi Sad, the School of Electrical Engineering and the Faculty of Organizational Sciences of the University of Belgrade, the Faculty of Electronic Engineering of the University of Niš and Subotica Tech – College of Applied Sciences.
The competition was sponsored by Erste Bank Serbia, Unicom Telecom Ltd, Enlight IT Sourcing, Ingram Micro Ltd, ISACA Belgrade Chapter, Avatao (Hungary) and Silensec (Cyprus) that provided valuable prizes for the participating students.