Facebook’s CyberXchange Hackathon comes to Lagos, Nigeria in November


The CyberXchange Hackathon sponsored by Facebook is set for Lagos, Nigeria in November this year.

During the Hackathon, teams will compete against other university teams and young professionals with less than 2 years experience from throughout the country. Participants will have the opportunity to build a hack against a cyber security issue with the overall winner walking away with various prizes.

The pre-qualifier registration closes August 30th while notifications to those who are accepted will be sent out by end of day on September 24th. The final competition will run on November 2 – 3, 2016 at the Landmark Event Center, Lagos.

Qualifiers will be required to start brainstorming ideas and form a team of up to 4 people. The Facebook team will be on the ground to provide teams with expert guidance. Judges include; Regina Wallace-Jones Head of Security Operations Facebook, popular celebrity, Eldee amongst others.

“We hope to discover new talents, methods and ideas; and to encourage development in the field of information security. It is our hope that besides discovering gifted hackers and cyber-defenders, the CyberXchange 2016 Hack-a-thon will inspire the development of West Africa’s Information security professionals of the future,” stated Facebook.

Hack-a-thon is a competition geared towards finding the best prototypes by starting from scratch to build a workable idea with the help of collaborating colleagues on their teams. This event tests the skills of the brightest and best within programming, cyber security, information assurance, security engineer, and other IT fields within teams of 4 to 6 people.

Registration details about the CyberXchange Hackathon can be obtained on the event website.