Cyber Innovation Challenges

Cyber Innovation Challenges

RMIT Cyber Ready CIC in partnership with AWS brings you the opportunity to participate in a defining industry experience and contribute to the collective effort to shape cyber resilience and e-safety in Australia.


Now, more than ever, there is an escalating need for organisations to protect their digital and data assets from security threats, and solutions lie in a collective approach as well as building awareness and resilience across all spheres of society.

Are you ready to make an impact in the Cyber world?

RMIT Cyber Ready is introducing an all-new 6-week sprint program to immerse yourself in a real-world setting to develop and apply technical and entrepreneurial skills in a live industry challenge. 

The approach combines the leading AWS “Working Backwards’ methodology with a client-led approach & feedback loop to solve a current problem for an organisation. 

The Challenge also provides an amazing opportunity for students to explore various AWS services and work alongside AWS Solutions Architects and hone their technical skillsets. 

Why take part in a Cyber Innovation Challenge? 

  • Engage directly with industry 

  • Gain practical experience beyond your classroom

  • Develop and demonstrate your skills in a real-world setting which includes both technical capabilities and entrepreneurial skills (ie. teamwork, critical thinking, curiosity and resourcefulness)

  • Design a business model and technical proof of concept alongside experts from AWS and RMIT 

What does the program commitment look like?

Over 6 high-intensity weeks, cross-disciplinary teams will work with industry experts across areas of innovation, design, business and technology, to co-create solutions to real-world problems related to Cyber Security. Every week Online Innovation Workshops are conducted where students can learn to work backwards from the customer, identify different customer personas, develop a press release for their product and then go on to develop a prototype using different AWS technologies and services which was then demonstrated as part of their final showcase.

Here are the key success metrics you can expect to take away by the end of the program:

  • Develop an understanding of your customer
  • Clearly define and test a value proposition
  • Develop a proof of visuals, story boards, concept prototype
  • Develop brand building through association with published challenge outcomes.
  • Learn to build a new digital scalable technology
  • Opportunity to access and learn AWS technologies

Interaction with Industry partners during workshops and check-ins with the AWS experts throughout the Challenge. Activator also connects to multiple points of engagement for the students to connect, collaborate, learn, grow and give-back.

Office hours are conducted prior to workshops to keep you on track and get customised advice from the AWS experts.


Applications for November 2020 intake are now closed. Feel free to register your interest for the 2021 Innovation Challenge Cohorts.

About the Organiser


The RMIT Cyber Ready Cloud Innovation Centre (CIC), powered by AWS, has been established to enable students to collaborate with the public sector and business to tackle real-world cyber challenges with innovative cloud computing approaches and emerging technology. It is based in the university’s home of innovation, RMIT Activator. 


The RMIT Cyber Ready CIC is a long-term, public-private collaboration between RMIT and Amazon Web Services (AWS) and forms part of a growing global network of Cloud Innovation Centres.

To know more read: About the Organiser

An Innovation Challenge that creates an opportunity to bring cyber security challenges and industry expertise to take part in co-designing open source solutions for a more resilient Australian public sector.

RMIT students collaborate with researchers and AWS innovation experts in building in-demand cyber readiness skills, boosting Australia’s capability in Cyber Security while addressing a growing skills shortage.

The team at Activator has fully shifted the program to virtual delivery. So, the challenge is delivered across 6 weeks via Online Workshop Sessions.

The program has worked hard to maintain a strong sense of community and has introduced new elements enabled by selected technology stack. As restrictions scale back in the coming weeks, we will operate in line with the university’s approach as per government guidelines and will cautiously introduce relevant face-to-face offerings while adhering to social distancing guidelines.

Current RMIT students from a range of disciplines are all welcomed to apply. Preference will be given to students who are looking to fill a WIL or internship placement (subject to approval by your course coordinator) however you also have the option to participate as a co-curricular experience.

Go to “Apply Now” and register your details and wait for the outcome email.  Selected teams will participate in a 6-week innovation challenge program and are ideally expected to dedicate at least 8-10 hours per week on building solutions. Students get the most value from the program through active participation on other sessions as well, such as attending weekly catchups with the industry experts, and workshops. We will be sharing the full program calendar once you are successful with your application so you can safely book the time on your own calendar.

This program is free! The university is committed to developing an entrepreneurial culture and supporting enterprise development amongst the RMIT community.

Yes, subject to approval by your course coordinator it can be accounted to either 12 or 24 credit points.

You will be led by AWS innovation experts, including their Digital Innovation Lead and Senior Solutions Architect. You will also be guided by Industry sponsor representatives and RMIT Activator. We are here to make connections and encourage you to collaborate, help you focus on what’s important, and give you human-centered design tools to get the most out of your experience. We also host Office Hours outside of workshops to answer questions and provide guidance.

No, we don’t require prior experience, but it would be good to have some basic knowledge around cloud computing and also few AWS services so that coming into the program you can hone these skills better while working alongside AWS experts.

Expertise in cyber security is not essential for participation in this innovation challenge.

Technical and/or business skills in the following areas will be highly valuable.

  • Technical Skills – Basics of programming, databases, network & OS, UI/UX.
  • Business Skills – Collaboration, Human centred design thinking, problem solving, communication.
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