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Cambridge 2 Cambridge Cyber Competition

Cambridge 2 Cambridge Cyber Competition

In 2015 the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (in Cambridge, Massachusetts) and the University of Cambridge (in Cambridge, UK), jointly launched “Cambridge 2 Cambridge”, a cybersecurity challenge. Announced in January 2015 by US President Barack Obama and UK Prime Minister David Cameron in the context of greater cybersecurity collaboration between the two countries, the competition gave the students the opportunity to explore creative ways to combat global cyber attacks and acquire and hone crucial skills. Held in March 2016, the inaugural event brought together top students from both universities at MIT’s Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Lab (CSAIL) in Cambridge, MA. The top students earned glory, medals and a share of the $20,000 cash prizes. All gained a sense of accomplishment, mentorship from leading security organizations, and new friendships from across the pond.

The second annual Cambridge 2 Cambridge competition was held at the historic Trinity College on the University of Cambridge campus in the UK. To expand on the success of the inaugural C2C, the team-based ‘capture-the-flag’ style hackathon was open to additional universities in the US and UK. Faculty leads from MIT CSAIL and the University of Cambridge formed blended teams from all universities based on the results of the qualifying round held in March 2017.

Selected participants from the qualifying round competed in the live three-day showdown with over 100 competitors from the US and UK.

We met with competitors, sponsors and leading faculty including members Dr Frank Stajano (Cambridge) and Dr Howard Shrobe (MIT) to find out about the competition.

To learn more please visit: http://bit.ly/cyberC2C

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