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Published: Wednesday April 24, 2013 MYT 12:00:00 AM
Updated: Friday April 26, 2013 MYT 12:40:07 AM

Hackathon winner to develop Internet security apps

MORE than 30 participants developed impressive Internet security apps and learned more about F-Secure’s Application Programming Inter-face (APIs) and security systems during the company’s 30-hour Hackathon challenge recently.

“We have previously organised many such Hackathons internally in our offices across the globe, but this year we decided to open it to local developers so they too could share their ideas and contribute to the betterment of online security,” said R&D Services New Innovation senior manager Klas Kindström.

F-Secure, an Internet security solutions provider, held the Hackathon at Wisma F-Secure, Bangsar South recently.

Participating developers were first introduced to F-Secure’s technology and concepts. Teams were then formed to work on new applications, which were expected to drive innovation of Safe Web Apps to the next level.

The developers were given full access to F-Secure’s APIs and development tools as well as information such as network reputation, virus alerts and malware information, which served as an platform for the talented developers to showcase their programming skills and quickly turn their ideas into reality.

The Hackathon session, which started at 10am on April 12, ended at 2pm the next day.

The developers, working either individually or in groups, then demonstrated their newly developed applications to a judging panel comprising F-Secure’s lead engineers, software architects and an external representative from Mimos Bhd.

Applications ranged from online browser plugins to smartphone and web-based applications.

Prizes were awarded to three applications.

Developer Lee Swee Meng won the award for ‘The Most Unex-pected Demo Effect’ with his 3D Globe application followed by duo Fatin Ruzanna and Francis Fueconcillo, who both walked away with the ‘The Best Use of F-Secure’s APIs award.

Both developers amazed the crowd with an application which monitors malicious tweets on Twitter.

Finally, young developer Tan Kok Boon stole the limelight with his groundbreaking application which allows users to monitor and prevent threats using F-Secure’s World Map Interface.

Tan won ‘The Most Innovative Application’ and ‘The Best Overall Performance’ awards which entitles him to a luxurious dinner with Mikko Hyppönen, an internationally acclaimed computer security expert, columnist, Malware researcher and F-Secure Corp chief research officer.

“We wanted to offer something more than just merchandise and cash prizes. That is why the grand prize is an opportunity for local developers to learn from Mikko, exchange ideas and perhaps develop some new ones in a relaxed and comfortable atmosphere. To be able to spend time with Mikko is an opportunity not to be missed,” said F-Secure Corp R&D Operations director Markus Melin.

“I am still in a state of shock! My biggest wish is to fully develop my application and contribute to the world. I am ecstatic to be able to dine with Mikko and learn from him,” said Tan.

F-Secure is an Internet security firm based in Helsinki, Finland and recently won the AV-Test Best Protection Award for 2012 from the reputable AV-Test Institute.

The award is presented to the best antivirus product of the year, taking into account protection against malware infections caused by the latest threats.

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