The Cyber Blog India team was declared the winner in the "Online Safety" category at the Social Media for Empowerment Awards 2016 held at the Indian Habitat Centre in New Delhi on March 15, 2016.
Cyber Blog India is a social startup made up of students from the University of Petroleum and Energy Studies (UPES), spearheaded by Nitish Chandan (co-founder) and Rachiyta Jain (co-founder), who are students of the techno-legal course. The organization started in December 2014 with five team members.
This team was selected out of 266 entries across South Asia. Among other notable finalists were Cyber Peace Foundation, Cyber Gyaan and Pavan Duggal Associates. The team was chosen as the winner for their efforts to spread information security awareness among citizens of the country through workshops, easy to understand blog posts and a unique WhatsApp helpline for cyber crime. The group has also started a cyber crime documentation effort in the country called "My Cyber Crime Story" for which another two other UPES students, Gurleen Saini and Sukhmani S Kaur, came on board.
With the help of the technical and legal knowledge gained from the course, the team feels confident that their work on various technical and legal applications will be successful in the coming months.