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Open call for projects for the Cyberspace Hackathon!

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The launch of the first Hackathon by the DCIS (Direction of Security International Cooperation – French Ministry of the Interior) as part of the European project “Cyberspace” is a reality. This Hackathon aims to address the pressing issue of cybercrime by focusing on the topic of “Developing capabilities to capture live data of cybercriminals on online forums”.

Open Call: 19th February to 15th March 2024

For all information and to apply, please visit the Hackathon platform here.


  • Hybrid Format:
  • A combination of virtual and in-person events.
  • Period of Coaching and Support:
  • Remote coaching and support will be provided to participants.
  • Big Finale (Demo Day) in Paris:
  • A showcase event where participants can present their solutions in person.
  • 1 Big Winner:
  • A grand prize awaits the top-performing team.
  • Opportunities for Other Participants:
  • Several opportunities for recognition and further support.

Laureate Prize:

  • €2,000 Cash Prize
  • One Year of Coaching and Support Services:
  • To test and implement the winning solution with Law Enforcement Agencies (LEAs) and public agencies, including a partnership agreement.
  • Fast-Track Access to European Grants and Financing
  • Stand and Visibility at the “Europol Innovation Hub for Internal Security Annual Event” 2024

Who Can Apply?

The Hackathon is open to:

  • Startups, SMEs, or technology platforms (European Union incorporated)
  • Law Enforcement Agencies Innovation (technical units)
  • Students in the frame of their educational program (collective projects) or Junior companies
  • Individual entrepreneurs (project holders, still non-incorporated) supported by a public or private incubator


In 2020, cyberattacks cost the global economy €5.5 trillion, eroding public trust and impacting millions of lives. Despite these threats, many law enforcement agencies lack the necessary systems to track and respond to cybercrime effectively. The Cyberspace project aims to address this gap by providing comprehensive insights into cyberattacks and cybercrime in the EU, leading to the development of investigative tools and better prevention strategies.

Decrypting the data of criminal organizations is a priority issue addressed by the project. To stimulate innovation in this area, the Hackathon focuses on the topic of developing capabilities to capture live data from cybercriminals in online forums.


  • Applications: 19th February – 15th March
  • Pre-selection Committee: Friday 22nd March
  • Coaching for Preselected Competitors: 25th March – 19th April
  • Finale Demo Day: Thursday 25th April – In Paris


For any further information, please contact Lucas CIABRINI directly at lucas.ciabrini@interieur.gouv.fr.

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