CYBERSECURITY INNOVATION CHALLENGE
Top 10 ideas to be announced on 18 March 2021.
Our aim is to drive innovation towards a more digitized and cyber safe Africa.
Inspired by the XPrize Foundation, we believe that solutions can come from anyone, anywhere. We want to incentivise the solution and challenge the youth to solve it.
WHY WE'RE DOING IT
Lack of cybersecurity skills in Africa: There are currently only approximately 10 000 cybersecurity professionals on the African continent*
Digitisation drives the need for cybersecurity: Data breaches have grown by 500% during the COVID-19 pandemic**
We have an urgent need for strong cybersecurity response (CSIRT) capacities to protect citizens
Lack of support for victims of online gender-based violence in Africa: 39.3% of African women concerned about their safety online. ***
*Serianu's Africa Cyber Security Report 2017
**Atlas VPN 2020
***African Feminist Research for a Feminist Internet August 2020
To find innovative approaches & solutions to tackle the cybersecurity issues facing government, businesses and critical infrastructure providers, and ultimately, to provide secure spaces in which vulnerable end users can live, work and transact online.
Open to all students across Africa
Help victims of cybercrime & prevent cybercrime
Help victims of online gender-based violence & prevent online gender-based violence
Raise cyber awareness amongst citizens and communities
Find innovative approaches & solutions for government cybersecurity hubs