The Cyber Saber Hackathon was held alongside the 7th MENAISC 2019 conference in Riyadh. King Abdulaziz University won the first place, with a total number of 46 male and 80 female participants.
ITC honored the winning universities and the first place was awarded SAR25,000 while the Islamic University was awarded SAR15,000 after coming in second place. Imam Abdulrahman Bin Faisal University was awarded SAR10,000 for coming in third place.
The Saudi Electronic University came in fourth place whereas two teams from Imam Abdulrahman bin Faisal University came in fifth and sixth place respectively. All three were awarded with a prize of SAR10,000 each.
Eng. Ghasan Itani, the CEO of Integrated telecom (ITC), who was the exclusive sponsor of the hackathon explained the ITC's commitment for the IT security community to enable and uplift Saudi talent in one of the most important sectors in the Kingdom. He also stressed on the company's priority to deliver the aspirations of the Human Capital Development Program part of Vision 2030. He further said “Being a technology company, we believe that the future will be more connected, integrated and smarter, which presents an added IT security challenge for which we must be prepared for.”
Samer Omar, the CEO of VirtuPort which organized the hackathon said that the third edition has witnessed strong competition among Saudi students from both public and private universities. He highlighted that the competition will contribute to increasing competencies in the field of cybersecurity in the Kingdom, line with the National Transformation Program 2020 and the Saudi Vision 2030. Both ITC and VirtuPort will present all students with vouchers from access to CYBRScore labs and assessment valued at SAR1,200.