Media Note (Revised)
Office of the Spokesman
November 6, 2007
The Global Security Challenge (GSC)
The Technical Support Working Group, a technology coordinating organization co-chaired by the U.S. Departments of State
and Defense, is a co-sponsor of the Global Security Challenge (GSC), a competition managed by MBA students at London
Business School, together with several partner organizations in the United Kingdom, Europe, and the United States.
The goal of the Challenge is to identify and encourage start-up technology companies with innovative ideas in the fields
of national security research and development and science and technology. The Challenge began with three semi-final
competitions in September.
Five finalists - Auretix (UK), Eyemarker (USA), NoblePeak Vision (USA), Psyclock (Germany), and XID Technology
(Singapore) -- were announced on Monday, October 29 and will participate in a final round of competition in London on
November 8th. The final round of competition will determine one winner who will receive a $500,000 research grant
provided by the U.S. Department of Defense through the Technical Support Working Group.
Featured speakers at the Finals include the former Chiefs of the U.S. National Security Agency and the United Kingdom's
The GSC is an annual competition to find the most promising security start-up in the world. The founders have gained
experience in the security technology sector with the U.S. National Security Council (NSC), IBM, and Sagem Défense
The GSC mission is to stimulate technological innovations that make airports, cities and enterprises safer without
encroaching on civil liberties.
The GSC was founded by London Business School students and is supported by Accenture, BAE Systems, Bosch, TSWG, Smiths
Detection, ONR Global, the US Department of Homeland Security, PegasusBridge Fund, BWI and SAIC. The exclusive partner
universities of the GSC are Mississippi State University, National University of Singapore, Technical University of
Munich and London Business School.
More information about GSC can be found at: http://www.globalsecuritychallenge.com.