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Estonian virtual Cyber Security hackathon unified participants from 14 countries to bring usable solutions to burning topics in just 48h

written by Darja Dovbos

On the 23rd to 25th of October Garage48, Startup Estonia, the Institute of Computer Science at the University of Tartu with several cyber security-related startups and organizations came together and poured their heart and soul into organizing and supporting the birth of a 4th Garage48 Cyber Security Hackathon. The aim of the event was to grow, nourish and expand the cybersecurity community and to secure our cyberspace through solving various challenging problems by developing working prototypes within intensive weekend hackathon marathon.

All of the previous yearly hackathons of Garage48 Cyber Security took place in a physical format. This year was an exception for health and safety reasons and it made the organizing team as well as participants adapt to a new format and a way to get things done. Instead of seeing this as an obstacle, the team chose to see it rather as an opportunity that would help us navigate, grow, and make the most out of the current challenging times. One of the best outcomes of having the event organized virtually is that it opened it up to a wider public. The event brought in close to 170 applications and 29 ideas got presented. From those, 18 ideas and teams were chosen to compete at the hackathon. Besides having the highest number of participants ever joining the Garage48 Cyber Security hackathon, it also managed to go borderless and have participants brainstorming and working tirelessly from 14 countries – Estonia, Latvia, Germany, Belgium, USA, Ukraine, Denmark, India, Pakistan, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, UK and Afghanistan.

Peeter Marvet, Chief Poltergeist Officer at Zone and one of the jury members told:

“Having been mentored previously at the Garage48 Cyber Security hackathons, I can say that this time the challenges that the teams tackled were much more relevant and solvable. I also believe that the online format gave them extra motivation and possibilities to work smarter and better, although they needed to adapt to so many technology platforms.”

Garage48 Cyber Security Online Hackathon 2020 event partnered up with several startups and organizations, namely with Sentinel, Telia Eesti, Rangeforce, Tele2 Estonia, Startup Wise Guys, NjordLaw and others to offer participants mentoring, challenges to tackle during the event, and support them with prizes that would help them to take their idea to the next level.

The overall winner and winner of Sentinel challenge – Team Signed Tweets / Sureits.me
A web app that let’s acclaimed and trusted individuals attach a signature to their tweet, so whenever someone reads their tweet, they can verify that it’s truly the individual who wrote it. This helps to avoid conflicts between social groups, or general panic.

First runner up – Team SIM x GDPR
A tutorial game in English and Baltic languages that will have several versions of GDPR indecent simulations. Employees can play a new game each month and be regularly trained in GDPR awareness. The game will have a dashboard where an employer can see the progress of each employee and can print the necessary reports in case data protection requests them to prove compliance.

Second runner up – Team Stardust
An app that preserves the user’s digital data profile aka all the personal data and a browser extension that automatically fills out a signup form using the data from the digital profile.

Telia challenge winner – Team CybelFee
A landing page with interactive animation and chatbot, to solve cyber bullying and lack of awareness amongst children in primary school. The solution provides an interactive animation with educational materials and an easier access to specialists with a chatbot.

Ajujaht prize – Team Konnect
Custom-tailored VPN service that is able to fire up the captive portal upon new client sessions. Via Captive portal, you have to authenticate yourself via mID, smartID, ID-Card, or other SSO services.

Rangeforce special prize – Team CyberWise
An application that allows users to upload log files and get an overview of what is malicious traffic and what other risk factors they are dealing with.

Best Enterprise Award by Zone – Team Data access management
Data lifecycle and access management system that decreases the risks related to data protection, privacy, and cybersecurity by increasing transparency of data ownership and consumption inside of the organization.

Marily Hendrikson, Cyber Security Project Lead at Startup Estonia and of the main organizers of the hackathon added:

“Cyber technology is a rapidly growing industry and it is becoming increasingly more attractive to young ambitious entrepreneurs, as well as to investors from Estonia and abroad. Today, there are 16 CyberTech unicorns in the world, with more knocking on the door. Estonian startups have shown stable growth, attracting large investments. Investors have strong faith in these companies and they are willing to contribute to their success.”

More info about Garage48 Cyber Security Online Hackathon 2020 and winners can be found at:

Garage48 homepage

Facebook event Garage48 Cyber Security Online Hackathon 2020