The Georgia FinTech Academy and the Georgia Cyber Center, in conjunction with the University System of Georgia, will host a Cybersecurity Build-A-Thon, a competition to solve problems in the financial services and cybercrime/fraud industries.
The competition aims to highlight Georgia’s impact on the global digital economy by focusing on technology-based innovation. The competition will take place over the next few months with the first registration launching Jan. 27. The competition is open to University System of Georgia students 18 years of age and older.
Students in the contest will select a track, either in the financial services or cybercrime/fraud industry, and will then work in teams to write code with a working proof-of-concept solution to an issue in their chosen track.
A panel of judges will evaluate their solutions based on: • Innovative nature of the design • Applicability to one or more focus group • Quality and efficacy of the solution/innovation
Prizes are awarded for each track; $4,000 for first place, for $2,500 second place, and for $1,000 third place. For the financial services track, the pitch will take place at FinTech South in Atlanta, and the award presentation will happen in Augusta on Aug. 22. The cybercrime/fraud track will have both portions of the competition take place in Augusta. Registration for the financial services track opens on Jan. 27 and closes on Feb. 12. Registration for the cybercrime/fraud track opens May 10 with a final product due on Aug. 7.