1. You were in a group of students who took part in the Winter Camp trip, which took place in Georgia. Tell us more about the trip.
The first international camp was organized by Inha University in Tashkent and the Scientific Cyber Security Association in Georgia with the aim of teaching the basics of cybersecurity in several directions during the period from January 18th to 25th. The camp itself is organized in a ski resort in Bakuriani, but the students also spent two days in the capital – Tbilisi – to get acquainted with the local culture and visit local attractions. Some members of the administration supervised us in the camp, and some were in Tbilisi to establish further cooperation with organizations and educational institutions in Georgia. At the end of the trip, a competition was also organized between the students – a hackathon – they were presented with the certificates of participation and organized a big dinner as a summing up of the trip.
2. Can you tell us about who was involved in organizing the trip?
There were two main parties in organizing the trip – Inha University in Tashkent on the part of Uzbekistan and the Scientific Cyber Security Association and its representatives / partners on the part of Georgia. Both parties approached the organizational part very responsibly and throughout the trip they took care of everyone’s comfort.
3. Your team won the hackathon at the end of the trip. How was it organized? What were the assignments? What difficulties did you face?
The hackathon consisted of three parts, and the students were divided into three teams. As the first task, the students were given a project to write a Python program to decrypt a cipher given 11 others that were encrypted with the same key. The project was given for about two days. The second task was a CTF, which lasted two hours – students had to apply all the knowledge they had gained in the subject of ethical hacking.
At first, it was assumed that the hackathon would consist only of these two tasks, but the points of our and the other team became equal – 24 : 24 – and the organizers decided to add another third, decisive round. The decisive round was a survey of team leaders on theoretical issues in all subjects, as a result of which we won.
4. Tell us about your impressions of the winter camp and the knowledge that you and other students received during this time, because such an international student trip was organized by Inha University in Tashkent for the first time.
The organization of the trip, the camp program, training, and everything else were at the highest level, the trip left only positive impressions. Students were able not only to learn something new, but also to get acquainted with the local culture and visit local attractions.
The educational part of the trip consisted of lectures in three areas – the Python programming language, ethical hacking and cryptography. The form of education was based on active practice, so the students learned the material well and attended the lectures with interest.