Date(s) - 06/09/2013 - 08/09/2013
This weekend, 6 – 8 September 2013, 25 technologists and subject matter experts will meet for the Random Hacks of Kindness Glasgow Cybersecurity Event, a hackathon to improve the security of open source humanitarian software and to produce learning materials for teaching cybersecurity skills at the secondary level. Participants in the hackathon include ICT students, cybersecurity professionals, police, software developers and educators.
A hackathon is a competition in which teams and individuals work to find solutions to a set of real-world challenges laid out by sponsors and organizers of the event. RHoK Glasgow Cybersecurity will be judged by Councilor Dr. Martin Bartos of the Glasgow City Council; Dr. Michelle Govan, Lecturer in Digital Forensics and Security at Glasgow Caledonian University; and a third cybersecurity expert.
Paul Mason, director of ScotlandHacks says, “These events help Scotland improve our cybersecurity capacity. There is a skill shortage in this area and the threat is only growing. The hackathon format encourages the sort of creative thinking, entrepreneurial spirit and forges the connections that Scotland will need to compete in the 21st century landscape.”
Hackathons in the Random Hacks of Kindness series present challenges related to civic, humanitarian and educational needs faced by the community at large. The solutions to those challenges may then be put to use freely by government agencies, NGOs and schools around the world.
Random Hacks of Kindness Glasgow Cybersecurity has been organized by ScotlandHacks in partnership with Geeks Without Bounds and with the support of our generous sponsors: Scottish Qualifications Authority, GitHub, Basho, encritpion, UK Cybersecurity Challenge, Scottish Informatics & Computer Science Alliance, Police Scotland, MAKLab and IET Glasgow Teacher Building.
ScotlandHacks is a voluntary association dedicated to organizing educational opportunities through hackathons in Scotland.
Geeks Without Bounds is a US based non profit organization which supports humanitarian free and open source software through hackathons and an accelerator program.
Random Hacks of Kindness is a global initiative encompassing a community of over 5,500 innovators in over 30 countries making the world a better place by developing practical, open source technology solutions to respond to some of the most complex challenges facing humanity