Centre Initiates hackathon to identify ideas to tackle cyber threats

Centre Initiates hackathon to identify ideas to tackle cyber threats


The Center organized a “hackathon” at the national level to find creative solutions and cutting-edge technologies to deal with the nation’s cybercrimes and cybersecurity issues.

Officials say that young people from registered start-ups and educational institutions around the country will take part in the “KAVACH 2023” hackathon to apply their technical know-how and creative thinking to develop strong, safe, and efficient technology solutions for cyber security.

“It will advance the blockage of cyber security crimes with a robust system monitoring and safety provisions,” said Balaji Srivastava, Director General, of the Bureau of Police Research and Development (BPR&D).

According to him, KAVACH 2023 is a special national hackathon organized in collaboration with the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre (Ministry of Home Affairs), the Innovation Cell of the Ministry of Education, AICTE, the Bureau of Police Research and Development, and the Indian Cybercrime Coordination Centre. Its goal is to find creative solutions and cutting-edge ideas for problems faced by the public and law enforcement.

The All India Council of Technical Education (AICTE) Vice-Chairman, Abhay Jere, announced that KAVACH-2023 will take place in two stages.

“In the first phase, the problem statements, grouped into various buckets such as fake news, social media, dark web, women safety, phishing detection, video analytics and CCTV, obscene content detection, spam alert, malware analysis and digital forensics, shall be posed to the public.

“Willing participants are expected to develop digital solutions for the statements using robust technologies like artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning, augmented reality and virtual reality, and submit their concepts on the portal of Kavach-2023,” he added.

Selected youngsters will participate in a 36-hour event on July 12–14 as the hackathon’s big finale, where they will be expected to come up with reliable, safe, and efficient technical solutions.

“Total prize money worth ₹20 lakh will be awarded to the winning teams,” said Rajesh Kumar, CEO of the Indian Cyber Crime Coordination Centre (I4C).

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Participants have from March 1 to April 15 to submit their ideas, after which they will be reviewed through May 15.

The batches of finalists will be revealed between May 16 and May 31. After that, they will train for a month.