The Global Security Challenge (GSC) runs several competitions over the course of a year and awards over US$500,000 in grants and prizes to innovative start-ups and ideas. Some of the competitions organised in 2010 includes Cyber Security Challenge 2010, INSTINCT-Technology Demonstrator 2 (TD2), Cloud Security Challenge 2010, The Security Technologies of Tomorrow Challenge, Best Security Start-Up 2010 and Best Security SME 2010.
The prize for the Startup category was won by mPedigree of Ghana. MPedigree is a non-profit based in Ghana that advocates for the development of strategies to fight counterfeiting. mPedigree works with technology providers worldwide to bring relief to patients at risk of counterfeit medication in developing nations. Its system allows people to verify the authenticity of their medicines using secure codes.
The second place was awarded to Lincoln Advanced Technology for its Respira extended wear respirator mask. Others winners include : iWebGate, based in Australia and the UK, has developed an online security product which represents a virtual, highly-secure reception area between an organisations’ trusted network and volatile public networks like the Internet. And DecaWave from Ireland, has developed a tiny tracking chip, one tenth the size of existing products.