Kaspersky Innovation Hub (IHub) continues the activities of its Open Innovation Program – designed to foster collaboration with innovative tech startups – by announcing the third round of its call for applications. All startup teams and individual projects, developing solutions on the edge of cybersecurity and gaming are welcome to apply.
Through its Open Innovation Program, Kaspersky IHub is looking for innovators who are working on solutions in the following areas:
- Protection tools to detect players, their loot, as well as their whole gaming experience
- Anti-cheat – Online security solution for developers and leagues
- Matchmaking services to simplify how you find best partners to play with
- Chat, voice communications, and community tools across different platforms
- Gaming after-match video search and analysis tools that feature neural networks
- Voice assistant and VR/AR-control tools to open new ways to handle devices and gaming controls
- Game mode and settings for HW and SW environment, as well as ‘Do Not Disturb’ mode to help keep focus on the game
- Secure mobile broadcast and streaming tools, safe sharing and content creation services
- Digital rights management to protect your digital content and in-game loot
The best tech-based initiatives will be invited to take part in pilot projects, where startups and Kaspersky will work jointly on product development, with the possibility of global promotion. These startups will also receive technical and business mentoring, and those that pass the pilot will have access to Kaspersky channel partners (including distributors and resellers), clients and prospects.
During the first round of the IHub call in 2019, Kaspersky received 258 applications from 49 countries across the world. Four out of the 12 final startups, who presented their ideas to a jury of experts on a Demo Day in Milan, became overall winners in the areas of Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT), transportation, blockchain and anti-fraud technology. Winners had the opportunity to collaborate on joint business cases with Kaspersky and launch their products with the support of a globally recognized cybersecurity brand. The newly developed products are also included in the company’s portfolio, driving a synergetic approach to innovative solutions development.
Vitaly Mzokov, Head of the Innovation Hub at Kaspersky, stated: “It is our pleasure to announce the next call for innovative startups and to support the growth of new business activities by providing them with an opportunity to validate, grow and scale their solutions with such a global leading company as Kaspersky. By joining forces, we can enhance our technologies and together address security needs with higher accuracy and efficiency, as well as support the essence of cyber-immunity The Open Innovation Program has already proved its value, not only for young tech-based startups, but also for our customers, and we are happy to continue working in this direction.”
This year candidates are invited to participate in open challenges, put together by the Kaspersky Innovation Hub and F6S – a leading global corporate innovation platform. As part of Kaspersky’s drive to constantly improve services and meet customer needs, challenges have been designed for teams working on advanced projects that aim to make the gaming industry more cyber immune.
Applications are now open for startups that already have a legal entity, product or prototype, and several closed deals or ongoing pilots. Technical and business validation, along with the investment opportunity of startups will be assessed by the Kaspersky team – with help from the F6S Corporate Innovation Analyst Insights product – and based on the ability of their products or technologies to solve concrete cybersecurity use cases. During the selection process, experts will also pay attention to the readiness and interest in collaborating with Kaspersky IHub to improve the global cybersecurity landscape.
The application phase closes on May 31, 2020. Find out more and apply now!
Selected entrepreneurs will be invited to present their projects in front of a jury during this year’s Demo Selection Day. The event will be held online (due to COVID-19) on June 30. For further information, please contact Luana.Bosio@Kaspersky.com.