Here is a quick run-down of our most frequently asked questions regarding the contest. We hope these will help the participants to have a great experience! If you have a particular question you don't see answered, please email it to secureitcup@kaspersky.com

What is the competition about?

The Kaspersky Lab SECUR’IT CUP’18 is recruiting for talented and motivated students and teams to create an idea that will help us in our mission to save the world from cyber threats.

Whatever your background, as long as you have a passion for cybersecurity you can enter the contest for a chance to win a $10,000 grant.

Contest covers the following technological areas: Connected health, IoT, Personal security.

What should I do to participate?

You should register at the Cup website and submit a brief description of your idea not later than October 20, 2018, 23:59:59 London time (UTC 0).

If your idea gets a good review, you will get to the second part of submission process. Then you have to submit a detailed idea description and project prototype submission until November, 4, 2018, 23:59:59 London time (UTC 0).

May I participate alone?

Yes, you definitely can participate alone! If you do not want to participate individually, you may build up a team on your own or participate in one of our hackathons, where we will help you with a team.

Are there any age restrictions?

Yes, we do not accept applications from participants under 18 years, and from participants aged 29 and more.

What is the possible team size for the cup?

The team may consist of one, two or three members. There are no exclusions regarding the team size.

Can I be on more than one team?

No, one individual may only be a part of one team. If you are a part of a team, you may not submit individual entries.

If I entered Cybersecurity for the Next Generation competition last year, can I enter Secure It Cup this year?

Yes, you can. There are no restrictions for participants of Kaspersky Lab student contests of previous years

What are the key competition dates for 2018?

The competition dates are:

Stage 1. Primary registration. Register at the website and select the application area of your idea.
- from August 6, 2018, 12:00:01 PM London time to October 20, 2018, 23:59:59 London time

Stage 2. Brief idea description. Describe the idea of your project in 1000 symbols. Submit video-cv. Wait for your application to be reviewed.
- from August 6, 2018, 12:00:01 PM London time to October 20, 2018, 23:59:59 London time

Stage 3. Submit detailed idea description and project prototype. Add team members, if you have ones. The expert jury will consider all submitted projects and will select the best ones for the finals.
- from October 8, 2018, 12:00:01 PM London time (the "Third Stage Opening Date") to November, 4, 2018, 23:59:59 London time

Stage 4. Final (Offline event). Take part in the final offline event (pitch to an expert board) during Kaspersky Partner Summit in Budapest!
- November, 29-30, 2018

Is there a fee to apply?

No, the competition is free for all participants.

What are application requirements?

For the primary submission (brief idea description) main requirements are:

  1. match between the idea and the chosen track
  2. technical feasibility of the project
  3. possibility to make a proof-of-concept within 2 months

Can I enter my entry into more than one track?

No, you have to choose a track you prefer the most and develop your idea for one track only.

What do I do, if I'm not sure of the correct track of my entry?

If you are not sure where your idea belongs – please contact our team at secureitcup@kaspersky.com – we will be happy to help you define the track.

Are there any country restrictions to compete for the Cup?

No, there are no country restrictions in Secur’IT Cup. Students may participate internationally.

What are the restrictions to participate in the Cup?

The competition is open to all residents worldwide aged 18-28 years, except:

  • employees of the Kaspersky Lab or its affiliated companies;
  • employees of agents or suppliers of the Kaspersky Lab or its affiliated companies, who are professionally connected with the competition or its administration; or
  • members of the immediate families or households of (a) and (b) above;
  • to anyone who has no bank account in his/her own name.

I am a student but my teammate is not, is our entry eligible for the Cup?

Your entry will be eligible for the cup as soon as all team members are aged 18 – 28 years.

What are the evaluation criteria for the final submission?

The jury will evaluate the submissions according to the following criteria:

Idea evaluation:

  • Accordance with the track;
  • Scalability of the application/approach;
  • Vision of ways of system development;
  • No theoretical limits on performance and scalability;
  • Original approach.

Implementation evaluation:

  • Prototype developed;
  • Readiness to deploy/evaluate;
  • Performance level;
  • System architecture;
  • Functionality demonstrated.

How and when will finalists be notified?

Finalists will be notified on or about November 12, 2018, at 12:00:01 PM London time via the Competition Site. Finalists will also be notified by email using the email address provided with the competition entry.

How would finalists get to the finals?

Kaspersky Lab will provide to all selected finalists a round-trip airfare (coach or available equivalent) from the major airport closest to the individual’s residence to Budapest, Hungary and double-occupancy hotel accommodation for three nights in a 4-stars hotel (Hotel Hungaria City Center). Airfare and hotel are not redeemable for cash. During the event finalists will also be provided with breakfasts, lunches and coffee-breaks.

Each finalist is responsible for any other expenses including cost to obtain a passport or visa and any other incidental travel cost (including but not limited to, ground transportation, passenger tariffs or duties, surcharges, airport fees, service charges or facility charges, personal charges at lodging, security fees, taxes or other expenses).

When will the winners be announced?

The winners will be announced during the during Kaspersky Partner Summit in Budapest on November, 29-30, 2018.

What if I win the competition?

Congratulations! Make sure, organizers of the competition have all the necessary information to award you with the prize! Please note that no prizes except the first prize are redeemable for cash.