Benin HackerLab 2017 seeks local cybersecurity experts

The Digital Agency of the Government of Benin has announced an international competition to find the most talented Beninese people in the domain of Cybersecurity.


HackerLab 2017 will bring together hundreds of individuals to have their skills put to the test across five fields: computer forensic; web security; reverse engineering; exploiting; and cryptography.

On offer for the winners are fully-subsidised courses, certified by the International Council of E-Commerce Consultants, as well as laptop computers, internet connections and much more.

The competition is a practical way of detecting hidden national talent across diverse sections of society. It will support the Government’s policy on cyber-security, and forms part of Benin’s strategy to rapidly develop its digital sector and kick-start the country’s development.

Six flagship projects will drive the growth of Benin’s digital economy: expansion of high-speed and ultra-high-speed internet services across the country; shift from analogue broadcasting to digital terrestrial television; implementation of “Smart Government”; growth of E-commerce; development of digital technology in the education sector; and development of digital content.

The competition is open to all Beninese citizens over the age of 15, irrespective of whether they are based in Benin or abroad. Registrations are open until June 25th 2017 at

More than 300 competitors have already applied, with organisers planning to receive close to 500 applications.

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