Congratulations to our winner, the University of Maryland University College!

We are pleased to announce the winner of Cyber DiploHack 2015: University of Maryland University College (UMUC). A panel of five expert judges and audience participants determined the UMUC team's presentation to have best fulfilled six evaluation criteria (novelty, sustainability, acceptance, positive externalities, and scalability). 

As the winner of Cyber DiploHack, the UMUC team will travel to The Hague for the Global Conference on Cyberspace on April 16-17, where they will participate in another hackathon, GCCS Unplugged

CSIS also recognized winners in two other categories:  “Best in National Strategy” and “Best in Cyber Capacity Building”.

Best in National Strategy went to the team from Chaire Castex de Cyberstratégie at Université de Paris.

And Best in Cyber Capacity Building went to the team from the George Washington University. 

A full list of participating teams and members can be found here.


CSIS and Embassy of the Netherlands Announce Cyber Policy Hackathon: Cyber DiploHack 2015

The CSIS Strategic Technologies Program and the Embassy of the Netherlands will host their first-ever joint cyber policy hackathon. The event, Cyber DiploHack 2015, will take place at CSIS headquarters in Washington, DC on March 26th and 27th.

Six university teams based in the United States and Europe will participate in an intensive, scenario-based, policy hackathon to develop new approaches to cyber security and cyber capacity building at the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS) from March 26-27. With facilitation from CSIS and outside experts, teams will apply creative ideation processes commonly used in technology design to solve a cybersecurity policy challenge. Cyber DiploHack will utilize cutting-edge technology to enhance collaboration between international teams, facilitators, and judges.

Created with the support of the Embassy of the Netherlands and the Dutch Ministries of Justice and Foreign Affairs, Cyber DiploHack 2015 will identify ways to bring principles into practice for cooperation and capacity building in cyberspace. Hackathon concepts and ideas will serve as inputs for the Global Cyber Resilience Initiative to be launched this April at the Global Conference on Cyberspace in The Hague.

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The format of Cyber DiploHack is pretty straight forward. Scenario and background material will be based on a realistic national-level incident. Each team will be asked to devise a reaction to the incident, as well as recommendations for how to build cyber capacity in the victim nation and in other developing countries to reduce the chance of future incidents. 

Day One is the hacking portion of the hackathon.  Facilitators will guide teams through an ideation exercise to develop and refine new approaches to solving the challenge. On Day Two, teams will brief policy options to a panel of judges who will assess the recommendations using an interactive evaluation process. U.S. and European teams will be working simultaneously using video-teleconferencing to facilitate a persistent virtual presence and collaboration between teams. 

The team judged to have the best product overall will be invited to the Global Conference on Cyberspace (GCCS2015) in The Hague. Video of the teams in action and their presentations will be posted on the Hague conference website and shown during the GCCS. Cyber DiploHack results will serve as inputs for the Global Cyber Resilience Initiative to be launched at the Hague. 


DAY one - Thursday, March 26, 2015 (CLOSED to public)

  • 9am EST - Introduction of Cyber DiploHack rules and scenario.
  • 10am-3pm EST - Policy ideation exercise begins. Teams work through the day to produce policy options and presentations. 
  • 3pm EST - Wrap-up and End of Day One.

day two - Friday, march 27, 2015 (open to public)

  • 9am EST - Welcome from CSIS and the Royal Netherlands Embassy
  • 9:05-9:15 EST - Introduction of Cyber DiploHack panel of expert judges. Explain hackathon goals, rules, and evaluation process. 
    • Judges include:
      • Belisario Contreras, Cybersecurity Program Manager, Organization of American States
      • Cheri McGuire, Vice President, Global Government Affairs, Cybersecurity, Symantec Corporation

      • Thomas Dukes, Deputy Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State
      • Angela McKay, Director, Cybersecurity Strategy and Diplomacy, Microsoft

      • Jordana Siegel, Director, International Strategic Affairs, Office of Cybersecurity and Communications, Department of Homeland Security

  • 9:15am-11:15am EST - Student teams present recommendations to the expert panel, 8 minutes each. Judges respond with a 8-minute Q&A session. 
  • 11:15am-11:30am EST - Judges deliberate to select a winner. 
  • 11:30am-12:00pm EST - Judges discuss team presentations, their takeaways, and announce the winning teams and present awards.
  • 12:00pm-12:30pm EST - Closing keynote addresses:
    • Christopher Painter, Coordinator for Cyber Issues, U.S. Department of State
    • Neil Klopfenstein, Executive Secretary of the Inter-American Committee against Terrorism, Organization of American States

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