In a series of technological showcases by the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee (IIT Roorkee), the institute collaborated with iHUB DivyaSampark and the Uttarakhand Police to organize a four-day ‘Devbhoomi Cyber Hackathon 2022’ at IIT Roorkee from September 3 to September 6, 2022.
The grand finale of ‘Devbhoomi Cyber Hackathon 2022’ was also marked by an agreement for Cooperation in the area of Cyber Security between the Information Technology Development Agency (ITDA) (Department of Information and Science Technology), Government of Uttarakhand; Special Task Force (STF), Uttarakhand (Home Department, Uttarakhand Police), Government of Uttarakhand and IIT Roorkee, Uttarakhand.
The collaboration empathies on the Capacity Building & Knowledge Sharing, Research & Development in the field of Cyber Security, Cyber Defenses, and Threat Intelligence, guiding to the Cyber Security Center of Excellence for Research and Development, Technological Solutions, the establishment of the Cyber Security Center of Excellence (CCOE), Development of Policy Framework, Real-time practical experience, and Student Internships and Collaboration for raising awareness.
To participate in the ‘Devbhoomi Cyber Hackathon 2022’, a large number of contestants from all over India reached IIT Roorkee. Out of 810 teams with 1700 students registered for the event, only 40 teams reached the grand finale at IIT Roorkee. Guests from the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), central agencies, and state police joined the event. This competition was designed to overcome the obstacles in the investigation of cybercrimes, deep analysis of cyber forensics, and robust protection of cyber assets of the state. The hackathon tested the teams under hot iron of intriguing problem statements reinforced by a 48-hour continuous hunt down.
The four-day event was inaugurated on September 3, 2022, at 12.30 pm in L2-103, A.P.J. Abdul Kalam Hall of the institute, and the valedictory ceremony was held at the MAC auditorium of the institute on September 6, 2022. Sh. Amit Sinha, IPS, ADG, Uttarakhand was the Chief Guest of the Inaugural function. Sh. Ashok Kumar, IPS, DGP, and Uttarakhand chaired the Valedictory function. DGP, Uttarakhand along with Prof. Ajit Kumar Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee also felicitated the winners of the Hackathon.
Talking about the cooperation, Sh. Senthil Avoodai Krishna Raj.S, DIG, STF/P&M, Uttarakhand police, said, “The main objective of the MoU among STF, ITDA, and IIT Roorkee is to enhance training activities, capacity building, Research and Development, and guidance for developing stringent models for cyber security.”
When addressing the gathering, Sh. Amit Sinha, IPS, ADG, Uttarakhand Police, said, “Uttarakhand Cyber Police has done commendable work in the last 1-2 years. And with the same zeal, we are now dedicated to finding innovative technological solutions that will shape smart policing. We have also established closer cooperation with IIT Roorkee for the exchange of information and capacity building pertaining to Cyber Security. So, the teams ought to focus on novel and feasible ideas that Uttarakhand police can implement for the betterment of society. My best wishes go out to all participants.”
Prof. Ajit K Chaturvedi, Director, IIT Roorkee said, “Devbhoomi Cyber Hackathon is a platform to use technology for solving real-life problems. IIT Roorkee is happy to partner with ITDA and Uttarakhand Police for mutually beneficial collaboration in the cyber space.”