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Microsoft Announces Build The Shield Contest in India – National Level College Hacking Contest

Microsoft has announced call for entries for its ‘Build The Shield’ contest, a first-of-its-kind national level college hacking contest hosted by Microsoft annually. Running for third time in a row, the contest provides students a competitive hands-on hacking experience coupled with real-life scenarios, wherein the participating teams defend theirs while attack competitors’ servers to emerge as the winner. Open to graduates or undergraduates pursuing major in Computer Science, Information Technology or Electronics and Communication Engineering (ECE), the contest runs in two stages – Qualifiers and National Finale.

image001 (1)The contest begins with online qualifiers, further to which the winning teams visit Microsoft Hyderabad campus for grand finale. They compete against each other for the final challenge, hear from security leaders on Microsoft’s idea of information security, get a tour of the Microsoft campus and indulge in fun games. The contest is also an opportunity for participants to meet students from different colleges, compete with challenging teams and brainstorm to fight the security battle. Winners of the grand finale receive pre-placement offers from Microsoft to pursue an exciting career with the company, along with other exciting prizes.

Build The Shield contest last year saw more than 290 teams and 1000+ students participate in the online qualifiers stage. Of these, 50 teams were shortlisted for the national finale at Hyderabad, who battled for the top three positions.

Contest Timelines:
Stage 1: Qualifiers
Date: Jan 30, 2016 7:00 PM to Jan 31, 2016 7:00 PM
Venue: Online

Stage 2: National Finale
Date: Mar 19, 2016
Venue: Microsoft Campus, Hyderabad



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