Stay tuned for more details on round 2!

Program Overview

The Cybersecurity Build-a-thon will highlight Georgia’s impact on the global digital economy by focusing on technology-based innovation. The event will provide challenges faced by the financial services and cybercrime/fraud as well as Georgia State agencies covering key focus areas in cybersecurity/technology. Participants in the program will choose a focus area and present an innovative solution at the event scheduled for their subject(s). The Georgia FinTech Academy and Georgia Cyber Center will host and manage the Cybersecurity Build-a-thon Program. USG students will have the opportunity to choose a challenge, propose a solution, and potentially pitch their proof-of-concept solutions to a panel of judges.

Awards for winning teams will be presented with $4,000 for 1st place, $2,500 for 2nd place, and $1,000 awards for 3rd place.

Teams will be judged based on:

  • Innovative nature of the solution design
  • Applicability to one or more challenge
  • Quality and efficacy of the solution/innovation

Key Dates

Track 1: Financial Services

  • 4/6: Final product due
  • 4/10: Top three teams notified
  • 4/21: Pitch presentation at FinTech South, Atlanta
  • 8/21: Awards presentation, Georgia Cyber Center, Augusta

Track 2: Cybercrime/Fraud

  • 5/10: Registration opens
  • 7/10: Registration closes
  • 7/20: Proposals due
  • 8/7: Final products due
  • 8/9: Top five teams notified
  • 8/20: Pitch presentations, Georgia Cyber Center, Augusta
  • 8/21: Awards presentations, Georgia Cyber Center, Augusta


  • Code and working proof-of-concept for a solution that meets a need, solve a problem or otherwise address a given challenge statement/area. Code should be hosted in a publicly view-able repository (such as github) and may be open or licensed appropriately at the discretion of the students.
  • Short presentation (in Microsoft Powerpoint or other readily available presentation tool) - that describes the problem addressed, approach to the solution, and the value delivered by the solution.

In order to apply and be considered for the USG Cybersecurity Build-a-thon, applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • All team members must be students currently enrolled at a USG institution.
  • Participants must be in good standing at their institution with no pending derogatory disciplinary, academic or financial actions.
  • Teams may only submit 1 proposal for their event.
  • Teams and individual participants may only compete in 1 of the 2 scheduled events (April/August)
  • Proposal must respond to at least one of the defined Challenge Statements.

**This event is not for USG academic credit.  Credit noted is based on Georgia Cyber Center's internal training tracking and not representative of any type of academic award.