The NYU Center for Cybersecurity and Center for Global Affairs are proud to present the CSAW’20 Policy Competition. Students from various educational backgrounds who are interested in the nexus of policy and emerging technological issues are invited to think critically about major cybersecurity policy issues affecting society. The Policy Competition cultivates an environment encouraging students, academics, and professionals to challenge the status quo and impact the cyber-policy industry by presenting their ideas to leaders within the field.

2020 Policy Topics: 



National Security & Cryptocurrency

competition timeline

Competition Details & Registration Opens:

24 July 2020

Registration Deadline:

extended to 24 September 2020

Policy Writing Seminar:

25 September, 3:00 - 4:00 EDT

Policy Brief Deadline:

1 October 2020

Workshop on Presentation Skills:

2 October 2020, 1:00 EDT

Qualification Round Presentations*: 

5 - 12 October 2020 


Finalist Notification:

by 20 October 2020 

Virtual Final Conference & Presentations*:

5 - 7 November 2020

Virtual Award Ceremony:

8 November 2020

*Presentation times to be scheduled with teams in advance

participating regions


rules & guidelines

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competition registration

Please read the rules before you register for eligibility, topics, and links to background papers and grading rubrics. 


Registration is via NYU Google Forms and users will be required to sign-in with a Google account. Please email the organizers if this poses a concern. 

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background papers

policy writing seminar

25 September, 3 - 4 PM EDT

Dr. Pano Yannakogeorgos and Hallie Stern of the NYU Center for Global Affairs will review guidelines and best practices for policy memo writing. 

An online meeting link will be shared with registered teams. 


workshop on presentation skills

02 October, 1 - 2 PM EDT

The CSAW Policy Competition is thrilled to announce a special session with Dr. Chris Ankersen and Dr. Pano Yannakogeorgos of the NYU Center for Global Affairs.


Join us on October 2 at 1PM EDT for an opportunity to better understand how to best prepare your oral presentation for the CSAW competition. 

An online meeting link will be shared with registered teams. 



competition organizers & judges

The policy competition is organized by students from NYU's Center for Global Affairs, the College of Arts & Science,  the Graduate School of Arts & Science, and the School of Law. Dr. Pano Yannakogeorgos joins CSAW as the Policy faculty lead for 2020. 

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2020 finalists & winners


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