Thursday, 17 January 2013

Google student coding contest


Calling all student coders: The Hardcode contest begins tomorrow!

It takes a lot of responsibility to protect user security and privacy.  You must understand how to break applications, find vulnerability  and understand how to prevent them from happening. As we saw last week with Oracle-Sun and its Java plugin, even one vulnerability can give hackers and cyber criminals the opportunity to exploit and attack millions of people.

To help raise awareness of the risks involved in insecure development habits, Google is hosting Hardcore. A contest based on secure coding on the Google App Engine platform.
Google Hardcode contest logo 
The contest is designed for full-time students and is open to teams of up to five. The contestants will have to develop open source applications that follow a set of requirements in functionality and security.

There will be two rounds. The first one will be a qualifying round over the Internet, with participation from any team of students. The final round will take place during SyScan on April 23 - 25 in Singapore.

During the first round, teams will be told to build an application and describe its security design. A group of judges will then evaluate all submitted applications and choose the top five to move to the final round.

The five qualifying teams will have to develop additional features and fix any security issues found in their first submission.

After two more days of hacking, the judges will rank the projects and select the grand prize winning team that will receive $20,000 Singapore dollars. The 2nd-5th place finalist teams will receive $15,000, $10,000, $5,000, and $5,000, respectively.

Hardcode begins on Friday, January 18th 2013.

Full contest details will be announced through Google’s mailing list, you can subscribe here for more information.

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