RMIT Cyber Ready CIC Innovation Challenges

RMIT Cyber Ready CIC Innovation Challenges

Innovating for the future of cyber resilience.

Become a CIC Student

Immerse yourself in a fast-paced innovation sprint that allows you to apply technical and entrepreneurial skills to a real-world problem presented by an Industry Sponsor. 

Welcome to RMIT's Cyber Ready CIC Innovation Challenges.

The purpose of our challenges are to deliver the next generation of cyber security, cloud infrastructure resilience & readiness education via the RMIT community. Ready to get started?

Find out everything you need to know about participating in our Innovation Challenges as student.

The CIC approach combines the leading AWS "Working Backwards" innovation methodology with AWS Solutions Architect tools and expertise to solve a current problem faced by an organisation.

As a CIC Innovation Challenge student you will get to work alongside inspiring AWS experts including Digital Innovation Leads and Solutions Architects and be provided with the amazing opportunity to explore various AWS services to hone your technical skill sets.

  • Engage directly with industry
  • Develop and demonstrate your skills in a real-world setting which includes both technical capabilities and entrepreneurial skills
  • Gain practical experience beyond your classroom
  • Design a technical proof of concept alongside experts from RMIT and AWS

Over the course of the CIC Innovation Challenge, multidisciplinary student teams work with AWS experts across areas of innovation, design and technology to co-create solutions to real-world problems related to cyber security.

Hybrid (online and in-person) interactive workshops are delivered by the AWS and RMIT teams, teaching you to work backwards from the customer, identify different customer personas, develop a press release for your product and then go on to develop a prototype using different AWS technologies and services to demonstrate at a Final Showcase event.

The CIC Innovation Challenge takes you to the prototype stage of your proposed solution. At the end of the challenge, each student team will present their work to the Industry Sponsor. This might include the following artefacts:

  • Press Release and FAQs document for the proposed solution
  • Visuals showing how the customer would interact with your solution
  • Architecture diagram for the prototype
  • Code for the prototype
  • Demo video showing the prototype in action

Prototypes are published as open source, so that people and organisations across the world can learn from CIC collaborations.

The CIC Innovation Challenge will equip you with key skills to get you industry-ready, including:

  • Collaboration and team work
  • Stakeholder engagement and professional conduct
  • Creative and complex problem-solving
  • Technical and entrepreneurial capabilities

The Innovation Challenge is a customer-led design challenge. Student teams will interact with Industry Sponsors at dedicated check points throughout the Innovation Challenge, alongside by AWS experts.

You will also receive exclusive coaching from AWS industry experts to take you to that next step in your career. Weekly office hours are conducted with AWS experts who provide customised project advice to keep you on track.

RMIT Cyber Read CIC Innovation Challenge has been an amazing experience. I am grateful to RMIT for providing me the opportunity to learn from the expert team AWS. I would strongly recommend this challenge as a great platform to hone their technical and entrepreneurial skills.

- Harsha Kumar, CIC Innovation Challenge Student

Discover past challenges

A New Era of Cyber Readiness for Australian Organisations

We partnered with the Australian Strategic Policy Institute to address the lack of cyber resilience in Australia’s democratic institutions.

Protecting Ancient Artifacts Using Modern Technologies

We partnered with the Museum of London to explore how they can use technology to improve efficiency and access to their collections and research.

Helping to Protect University Students From Online Harms

We worked with the Office of the eSafety Commissioner (eSafety) to address the online harms young adults now face with increased online activity while at university.

New virtual assistant - Educator productivity high, student wait time low

Our students worked on an innovative digital solution that would solve an issue being faced by both RMIT staff and students - answering student emails.

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Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business. - Artwork created by Louisa Bloomer

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torres strait flag

Acknowledgement of country

RMIT University acknowledges the people of the Woi wurrung and Boon wurrung language groups of the eastern Kulin Nation on whose unceded lands we conduct the business of the University. RMIT University respectfully acknowledges their Ancestors and Elders, past and present. RMIT also acknowledges the Traditional Custodians and their Ancestors of the lands and waters across Australia where we conduct our business.