In today's world, we all rely on technology more than we really want to. The Internet of Things (IoT) has become an integral part of our modern lifestyle - from communication by short messages and emails to e-banking, travelling, learning and shopping. As so many devices and online applications are interconnected with each other it is extremely important to keep them protected and secure. Unfortunately, most of the technology available is quite vulnerable and can be easily hacked. But how can we protect our devices and secure our personal data? Is there something we ourselves can do about it?
This is the question Garage48 together with British Embassy and Startup Estonia want to tackle and bring the topic of cybersecurity to wider crowds. Last year the cybersecurity hackathon in Ukraine was a huge success so this year we came up with a whole event series dedicated to the cybersecurity topic. That is why event series called Idea Garage: Cyber Security Powered by the UK was created. The idea is to organize 3 Idea Garages on Cybersecurity - one in Vilnius, one in Riga, and one in Tallinn. The Idea Garage Vilnius is taking place already next Tuesday, 23rd January in Rise Vilnius! The places are selling out fast, so better book your last minute ticket! The Idea Garage Riga will take place on the 16th of February in the Faculty of Computer Science and Information Technology, Riga Technical University. The Idea Garage Tallinn will take place on the 16th of March.
The mentor list, who are supporting the teams with their advice is really impressive:
Siraj Shaikh - Founder and Chief Scientific Officer at CyberOwl and the Professor of Systems Security at Coventry University; Calum Cameron - Management Team Member at Startup Wise Guys, CEO at meduza.ai, COO at investly and the mentor for many start-ups; Godfrey Gaston - Director at CSIT (Centre for Secure Information Technologies); Kieren Niĉolas Lovell - Head of Computer Emergency Response at the University of Cambridge; David Modic - Research Associate at Cambridge University's Computer Lab; Tauri Kärson - COO at WebARX; Kazimieras Sadauskas - OSINT Consultant at NRD Cyber Security; Talal Rajab - Head of Programme Cyber and National Security at techUK; Kirils Solovjovs - IT security expert and lead researcher at Possible Security; and the list is still growing.
The main aim of this one-day-workshop event series is to bring the cybersecurity communities of Latvia, Lithuania, Estonia and UK closer together and gather ideas and challenges which are ready to enter a full-size hackathon in Spring 2018 in Tallinn! We want to find solutions to some of the recurring cybersecurity problems or come up with completely fresh approaches which would take the cybersecurity to the next level.