Strathmore University Students won this years I&M Bank inter-UniChallenge.
I&M bank launched their first hackathon contest with an inter campus capture the flag cybersecurity contest whereby different universities were invited to compete.
The six universities that participated in the competition were Strathmore University, USIU, Daystar, Meru University, JKUAT and KCA.
The contest was launched by the CEO of I&M bank Mr. Kihara Maina who explained the importance of cybersecurity in Kenya especially in the corporate sector and how I&M Bank is working to ensure that online threats are curbed in the banking industry.
The team members from Strathmore for the Competition ; Jayson Waigwa – @iLab Africa Student Associate, Florence Kithinji – BBIT 4th year and Hilda Kiriga – BBIT 4th year
The contest was divided into two parts: Local server and External Server, in both parts we were working individually. Both parts were timed and after the time elapsed, participants were given the scores and corrections on areas of improvements.
“It was an interesting contest because even though we did the hackathon individually, we still managed to learn from each other and overall learn some new ways and hacks.” mentioned Jayson Waigwa – @iLab Africa Student Associate
The hackathon had a session with the I&M bank manager for learning and development department Mr. Christopher Mwirigi, who advised the participants on job applications to different corporates, giving them pointers on what to do and not to do when applying for jobs. He also advised them on the many challenges corporate organizations face when interviewing fresh graduates and the high expectations graduates have right after university.
At the Awarding ceremony for individual category Meru university took the 1st position, the second position went to JKUAT and the third position was attained by Jayson from @iLabAfrica-Strathmore university. They combined the results of each individual and calculated the average of students per university. In the Overall competition, University Category Strathmore University attained the first position where JKUAT and KCA attained the second and third position respectivelySource: @iLabAfrica Blog