The Indiana Innovation Institute and Virginia-based consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton (NYSE: BAH) have unveiled the winners of the second annual HackIN virtual hackathon. The event featured more than 120 students from six states working in teams to showcase their STEM skills with a focus on cybersecurity and competing for cash prizes.
Several students from Purdue University and Purdue University Global were among the top three teams, which took home a total of $7,000.
The students played the role of “security researchers with an elite organization” and were provided a game kit, which they used over 30 challenges to show their ability to analyze and reverse engineer microcontrollers, kernel modules, user applications, a local server and a RISC-V module.
IN3 says the event provided students with the opportunity to test the skills they need for real-world scenarios and a chance to network and learn from mentors.
“Students participating this year provided us just a glimpse into the immense cyber talent base,” said Stephen E. Kelly, president and CEO, IN3. “We repeatedly see world-class skills that prove to be a great competitive edge for the students whether they work for established companies or entrepreneurial start-ups.”
The winning teams include:
1st Place ($4,000):
- Harrison Green – University of Pittsburgh
- Christopher Lambert – Carnegie Mellon University
- Alex Lin – Purdue University
- Claude Zou – University of Maryland, College Park
2nd Place ($2,000):
- Collin Burroughs – Purdue University
- Megan Singer – Purdue University
3rd Place ($1,000):
- Yamuna Ambalavanan – Purdue University
- Patrick Asher – Purdue University Global
- Heiko Stowasser – University of Cincinnati
- Noah Tongate – University of Louisville
- David Yang – Purdue University