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F-Secure Malaysia's hackathon promotes safer Web apps

AvantiKumar | April 25, 2013
More than 30 Malaysian developers take part in a 30-hour hackathon hosted in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, by security solutions firm F-Secure.

Local developers in Action - F-Secure Hackathon in Malaysia modifiedPhoto - Local developers in action during F-Secure's hackathon.


More than 30 developers participated in this year's F-Secure Malaysia's 30-hour hackathon, themed 'Securing Services on the Web,' in a bid to enhance safer Web apps, said the security solutions firm.

Both professional and amateur developers were given the opportunity to learn about F-Secure's APIs (Application Programming Interface) and security systems and to develop new applications for better online security, said F-Secure senior manager, New Innovation, R&D services, Klas Kindström.

"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 that they too could share their ideas and contribute to the betterment of online security," said Kindström, adding that all participants were given full access to the company's API and development tools as well as information on network reputation, virus alerts and malware information.

Participants, working either individually or in groups, then demonstrated their newly developed applications to the judging panel, comprised of F-Secure's lead engineers and software architects. Applications ranged from online browser plugins to smartphone and Web based applications.

Prizes were awarded to three applications. Lee Swee Meng won the award for 'The Most Unexpected Demo Effect' with his 3D Globe application, followed by duo Fatin Ruzanna and Francis Fueconcillo for 'The Best Use of F-Secure's APIs.' The duo's application integrated F-Secure's APIs with Twitter, allowing users to avoid malicious tweets on the social networking platform.

Finally, young developer Tan Kok Boon's application, which allows users to monitor and prevent threats using F-Secure's World Map Interface,  won the award for ' The Most Innovative Application' and the award for 'The Best Overall Performance.


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