The Hilti IT Competition (ITC) is an annual competition that encourages students of all disciplines around the world to develop innovative IT solutions to overcome challenges faced by the construction industry. For students, it is a great way to showcase one’s ability to implement a solution in a team environment.
The topic of this year’s competition was “Gamify Cybersecurity”. In total, over 500 students from 42 nations took part in the competition. The team from the University of Liechtenstein, consisting of Zou Yiqiao, Jan Masny, Mark Vandevoorde, Krita Zaki Mohamed Charf (all Master IT), and Stefan Wirtensohn (Master Finance), successfully qualified themselves for the final in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
In detail, the team implemented a Virtual Reality (VR) game to increase cybersecurity awareness among employees. The game provides a fun and interactive method for employees to get in touch with cybersecurity matters. The team believes that learning by doing is more effective and therefore put an emphasis on the use of VR. Moreover, they not only developed the game, but also provided a holistic business case and integration concept, so that the game can be easily integrated into day-to-day operations and provide added value to the company. The team also provided suggestions for further improvements, which could be the foundation of a comprehensive VR learning platform and thus be a door opener for Hilti to enter the Education-Metaverse. The so-called Hilti campus would be a virtual environment, where employees could learn not just about cybersecurity, but about many other topics too.
Now the team is excited for their upcoming final in Kuala Lumpur, where they will compete against the other finalists from around the world.
Insights into the game: