RIT Dubai team secures 3rd prize at Du Hackathon

Congratulations to our team of RIT BS Computing Security students who claimed 3rd prize at the Du Cyber Security Hackathon.  The 'Team Tigers' students: Elham Al Marzooqi, Adam Schneider, Raina Zakir, Muhseen Daura and Mashal Waqar were mentored by Dr Harry Manifava. The team competed in a day-long hackathon with a 'Capture The Flag' contest, applying an range of tools and techniques to hack into a specially designed smart city setup. They saw off stiff competition from 7 other Universities to finish in the top 3, receiving a cheque for AED 3000.

Dr Harry: "It is a great result, especially as it is the first competition we took part in and I am really happy with the performance of our students. It was good experience for them and they did very well."  Dr Khalid Khawaja, VP of Academic Affairs added: "This reaffirms loud and clear that our students and our programs are up there at the top.  I’m really proud of our students and our faculty and know that this is just the start of many great things to come in this important area.'"

Receiving the prize from Osman Sultan, CEO, Du and Governor Tom Ridge, First U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security and former Governor of Pennsylvania. ​student Mashal said: 'It was a great experience and I'm really thrilled that we got 3rd prize-especillay as its our first hackathon. It's great to represent RIT Dubai like this and mix with so many experts." 

The hackathon was part of the wider Du Cybersecurity Conference which focussed on the issue of 'Cyber Security in a Hyper Connected World'. The event, which was streamed live saw speakers from government entities and intentional tech companies including Cisco, HP, Nokia and Huawei explore key cyber security issues facing the world today.