The definitive event for information security professionals

15 – 19 May 2017


Welcome to #SS17HACK

16 & 17 May 2017 – Vodacom World, Midrand
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ITWeb Events in association with Geekulcha and Snode is happy to announce that #SS17HACK is now open for registration and we are looking for you! Young talent that is keen to develop their skills through learning and innovation with an ardent interest in information security.

The inaugural #SS17HACK kicked off in style with our Ideathon, stage one of the hackathon, at Jardown 012Central on Saturday, 22 April 2017.

The day kicked off early with 'hackers' arriving from different parts of Tshwane, Ekurhuleni, Northern Cape and Kwa Zulu Natal.

They joined our facilitators, judges and mentors for a day of training leading up to a brain fuel session where the attendees got down to the real business of the day, preparing their idea for #SS17HACK which they presented to our panel of judges. They were blown away by the quality of talent and fantastic ideas presented by the group of young professionals and are really looking forward to the main event for which only thirty participants will be accepted.

Topics discussed on the day:

  • CSIR – Ethical Hacking 101
  • Snode – Twitter Intelligence
  • Telspace Systems – Malware Threat
  • Info|Guardian - Integrating Secure Coding into the SDLC

A big shout out to our panel of judges, mentors, facilitators and organisers

Alastair Waldeck, Snode; Ashley Anthony, Isazi Consulting; Dr Jabu Mtsweni and his team Ivan and Francios, Council for Industrial and Scientific Research (CSIR); Grant Thompson, MTN; info|Guardian; Ivan Regasek, ITWeb; Lungile Mohale, Geekulcha; Manuel Corregedor, Telspace Systems; Nithen Naidoo, Snode; Tiyani Nghonyama, Geekulcha...we love you guys!

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'Challenging disruptive innovators to build the most secure systems possible. The Hackathon will also be used to explore new innovative mechanisms for the security sector.'

Choose from a number of themes (listed below) or bring your own innovative idea to the table.

ONLY 30 will get the opportunity to mingle with and be mentored by the greatest minds in infosec in South Africa and globally while developing the most innovative security platform.


In order to guide you in the right direction and give you a fighting chance of being one of overall winners we asked the mentors and judges for a few ideas:

1. Finance
  • An Artificial Intelligence (AI) and cognitive fraud detection system
  • Propose a model and system architecture for cheaply but safely distributing pension pay-outs to people in rural areas
  • Design and develop an OTP system for Internet Banking that doesn't require the use of a mobile phone
2. Public Sector
  • Twitter intelligence solution
  • Blockchain voting system
3. Retail
  • IoT cashless no-point of sale solution
4. Other
  • Design and develop a system that will note whether your mobile phone is in the vicinity when you log onto your computer and deny access if it isn't


Cash in your hand

  • First prize sponsored by MTN R20k
  • Second prize R10k sponsored by The Innovation Hub
  • Third prize R5k sponsored by SensePost

A career at your fingertips

PLUS stand a chance to be the recipient of one of a number of internships on offer by reputable organisations.

Reserve 22 April and 16 & 17 May 2017 in your diary part of a revolution!


Judging will take place at approximately 3pm (17 May 2017) and the winners will be announced to the audience at approximately 17h00.


You may well ask - who are we?

  • ITWeb Events brings you the 12th Security Summit, the largest of its kind in Southern Africa.
  • Snode a start-up that is taking the security scene by storm with their mathematical approach to cyber-security.
  • Geekulcha, featured for the first time at Security Summit in 2016, and focused on empowering young geeks through ICT skills development, training and industry exposure.


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