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WMGIC x NATO ACT Cybersecurity Challenge


WMGIC x NATO ACT Cybersecurity Challenge

What: Teams will develop viable solutions to the cybersecurity case competition presented to them on the day of the event. The case is based on current global threats and conflicts. This case was written and reviewed by the team of WMGIC alongside the William & Mary Whole of Government Center of Excellence (WGC) and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) Allied Command Transformation (ACT).

Why: The Challenge is a "hack-a-thon" style case competition hosted by students, for students. We believe that students have creative perspectives on important issues, and this is a chance to showcase those innovative capabilities. Through the challenge itself and opportunities for mentoring, the challenge will build interdisciplinary cooperation between students, policymakers, researchers, and experts in order to leverage global resources.

Who: Competing teams will be composed of 3-5 undergraduate students from any major. This challenge is open to students in universities nationwide and internationally. The entire event is conducted in English and specifically for undergraduates. The competition is open to students from all academic disciplines. All levels of experience are welcome to participate. 

This WMGIC and NATO ACT event is sponsored by the Cybersecurity Youth Apprenticeship Initiative and the Whole of Government Center of Excellence.


WMGIC x NATO CCDCOE Cybersecurity Challenge E-Book



Click HERE to access the WMGIC x NATO ACT Cybersecurity Challenge E-Book edited by K. Floyd '05, K. Hoving, T. Lawrence, T. Liu '22, N. Perez '22, and P. Pernik.

The publication contains the winning pitches and all other student ideas featured in the November 12, 2021 virtual competition co-hosted with NATO Allied Command Transformation's (NATO ACT) Cyber Space Branch.

Competition Winners



NATO Potato - University of Calgary; Sciences Po Paris; Leiden University


Belt & Road - Tufts University; University of Oxford; London School of Economics


Cyberops - Cambridge University; University of St. Andrews; William & Mary


LPR - George Mason University


Net-Tech Warriors - Old Dominion University


Cyberian Huskies - University of Texas at San Antonio


International Strategic Capacity Council - University of Calgary

CLICK HERE to view project summaries from every team that participated in the challenge.

Event Informationphoto by Caroline Polly

Friday, November 12th, 2021

Greenwich Mean Time: 1:00pm - 6:45pm
Eastern Time Zone: 8:00am - 1:45pm

CLICK HERE to access the schedule


via Zoom
Cash Prizes

We are pleased to announce there will be a total of $3,500 in total cash prizes.

There will be SEVEN winners receiving $500 per stream.




This event is made possible by:

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