Microsoft India hosts an annual event every year to provide students a competitive hands-on hacking experience. The national level hacking contest - Build the Shield 2016. Indian Institute of Technology, Roorkee bagged first and second positions while Indian Institute of Technology Mumbai stood third.
This year, more than 300 teams and over 1,200 students participated in the online qualifiers held in January 2016. Of these, 50 teams were shortlisted for the national finale in Hyderabad. The contest built on Microsoft's Azure platform aims to help budding technologists develop skills to tackle both offensive and defensive security issues, interact, engage with emerging security tools, and experiment in a dynamic, collaborative, community-driven environment. Winners of the grand finale received pre-placement interview offers from Microsoft, in addition to exciting goodies like Microsoft Xbox One, Windows Phones and Laptops.
Joseph Lindstrom, Senior Director at Microsoft Corp. said, "As security increasingly becomes top-of-mind for organizations around the world, Microsoft is focused on advancing the ways in which companies can protect themselves against cyber threats,"
"We are thrilled to be one of the top 3 winners in this contest and to have competed against some of the best teams in India. Coupled with the opportunity to interact with software security leaders at the Microsoft campus, this experience has inspired us to continue to push our limits and build more solutions." Said by a member of 'We Got Trump' team from Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, Soham Ganatra, On securing the third position.