André Pienaar at the Shield in the Cloud Awards Gala 2018

C5, the investment specialist firm focused on cyber security, cloud computing and artificial intelligence, has announced the winners of its inaugural Shield in the Cloud competition. The challenge, supported by Amazon Web Services (AWS), PeaceTech Lab, and SAP NS2, was created to bring together the best and brightest minds working in anti-corruption technology.

The awards gala was held at C5’s PeaceTech Accelerator in Washington D.C. General Keith Alexander, founder of the United States Cyber Command, former Commander of the US National Security Agency (NSA) and current Chief Executive Officer of IronNet Cybersecurity gave the keynote speech. The General spoke about the work being done by the NSA to combat corruption, both at home in the US, and internationally.

Also speaking at the event was André Pienaar, Founder of C5 Capital, who drew attention to the work of C5’s PeaceTech Accelerator. In his speech, André spoke about the concept behind peace technology. Explaining how the advent of cloud computing has brought about an era in which computing infrastructure can be used for everyone’s benefit, with PeaceTech being the purposeful application of the innovation that cloud computing enables. You can find a full transcript of André Pienaar’s speech here.

Speakers at the event awarded prizes in three categories: Dream Big, Not for Profit and Government.

The winners were:

  1. Dream Big – Donor: Mark Lab
  2. Dream Big – Local Community: MyndGenie
  3. Dream Big – Global Trade: Pole Star – PurpleTRAC
  4. Not for Profit: Ushahidi
  5. Government: Transparency International Ukraine – ProZorro.Sale

The Special Operations Division (SOD) of the US Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Citibank also received special recognition awards. The DEA were recognised for building an innovative model to combat the linkage between corruption, narcotics and terrorist finance, and Citibank for their support of global technology innovation through their Tech4Integrity programme.

Speaking about the event, André Pienaar said, “Shield in the Cloud is the first global innovation challenge to combat corruption and terrorist financing worldwide. The public cloud provides unprecedented opportunity to innovate, scale and strengthen good governance, everywhere. We were delighted to see the scale and pace of innovation in so many innovative applicants in the challenge. We were honoured to meet so many leaders and entrepreneurs who are determined to fight organised crime, terrorist finance and corruption to protect their countries and communities, often against the odds.”

A total of 61 organisations connected with the challenge. A panel of expert judges then created a shortlist of 24 before selecting the winners. The full shortlist can be seen here.

Prize winners will receive AWS cloud credits and the option of taking a place at C5’s PeaceTech Accelerator in Washington D.C. to further develop their products under the guidance of C5, AWS, SAP NS2 and PeaceTech Lab mentors.