ECE-NTUA students take second and third place in the Digital Escape Game organized in the context of the Belgian State Visit to the Hellenic Republic

On the occasion of the state visit to Greece of their Majesties the King and the Queen of the Belgians, a “Digital Escape Game” has been organized by the NRB Group [1] in partnership with AWEX (Walloon Export and Investment Agency). The game was based on cybersecurity challenges and was hosted in the prestigious setting of the Goulandris Foundation Museum in Athens on the 3rd of May 2022.

Fifty (50) IT students from the National Technical University of Athens (NTUA), the National and Kapodistrian University of Athens and the University of Piraeus participated. NTUA was represented by four teams of students of the School of Electrical and Computer Engineering (SECE): LordofThePing (Captain: Ioannis Panagiotopoulos; Members: Georgios Alexandris, Dimitris Limperopoulos, Orestis Zaras, Giorgos Tsiakataras), Cryptoholics (Captain: Theodoros Arapis; Members: Emmanouil Vlassis, Lavrentian Goume, Panagiotis Papadeas, Erkekoglou Elisavet-Konstantina), Xymos PortoKali (Captain: Christoforos Vardakis; Members: Athanasios-Anastasios Konstantopoylos, Nikolaos Goutzoulias, Dimitris Kampanakis, Chronis Sapountzakis) and VitaminIEEE C++ (Captain: Spyridon Michail Evangelou; Members: Evangelos Froudakis, Nikolaos Sfakianakis, Adam Kapetis, Ilias Zervas). The game was quite intense and competitive.

The 50 students have been asked to solve cybersecurity and digital innovation challenges of increasing technical complexity. The first three teams that have successfully finished the game have been awarded in an official ceremony in the Amphitheatre of the Goulandris Foundation Museum. NTUA teams Xymos PortoKali and VitaminIEEE C++ have been awarded second and third place respectively. The awards have been given to the winning teams by Mr. Elio DI RUPO, Minister-President of Wallonia, Mr. Athanasios Staveris-Polykalas, Secretary-General of Telecommunications & Post under the Ministry of Digital Governance of the Hellenic Republic, and Mr. Pascal Laffineur, CEO of the NRB Group. Many honorable guests have participated in this beautiful ceremony, including the Rector of NTUA, Professor Andreas G. Boudouvis, who congratulated all NTUA participants for taking part in this event. Moreover, he stated the NTUA support in organizing similar actions that bring together state of the art technology with academic research and youthful innovation promoting these beyond the Greek borders. The NTUA teams have been selected by Professor Miltiades Anagnostou and Assistant Professor Ioanna Roussaki, who teach Network Security at SECE.

Many congratulations to all the NTUA teams that participated in this “Digital Escape Game”!

[1] The core business of the NRB and its Greek branch, Trasys Greece is cybersecurity and sustainable digital transition.