The Indian Institute of Science hosted a hackathon (“the Global Cyber Challenge Peace-a-thon 2017”), conducted under the auspices of the Ministry of Electronics and Information Technology, on November 8th and 9th. This regional event, together with other events held at various IITs throughout the country, will serve as the run-up for the grand finale, to be held in New Delhi on November 20th and 21st in conjunction with the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS-2017).
Several IISc and external students participated in the marathon which lasted 34 continuous hours of intensive systems programming in the IISc campus. The participants built applications to address a number of cyber-security challenges, such as detecting fake news articles, providing recourses for digital-fraud victims, and addressing the problem of cyber-bullying. The event was coordinated by Prof. Vinod Ganapathy from the Department of Computer Science and Automation at IISc.