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Symantec Hosts Hackathon to Promote Lawfulness, Crime Prevention and Cyber Security Skills for Students

Symantec Corp. (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security
company, today announced it is collaborating with the United Nations
Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC) and the Africa Teen Geeks organization
to host a three-day hackathon from July 9-11, 2018 at Symantec’s
Mountain View campus. UNODC is a global leader in the fight against
illicit drugs, international crime and terrorism, and Africa Teen Geeks
is a South African non-profit organization that provides computer
science training in schools and underserved communities.

The hackathon will focus on criminal justice and crime prevention,
allowing students to develop educational games that teach values around
criminal justice to their peers.

The Symantec-sponsored hackathon is the final round of competition for
the winners of three regional hackathons that took place in South
Africa, Indonesia and Bolivia earlier in the year. Following these
contests, 25 secondary school students were selected from amongst the
three countries as winners and invited to travel to Silicon Valley for
the final hackathon. In addition to the students, members of UNODC,
South Africa government representatives, chaperones and mentors will all
be in attendance. Symantec Chief Human Resources Officer Amy
Cappellanti-Wolf will speak at the event.

“We’re thrilled to host these bright young minds on Symantec’s campus,”
said Cappellanti-Wolf. “As a world-leading cyber security organization,
it’s exciting to watch the next generation of computer science
professionals improve their coding skills and develop products for the
purpose of crime prevention.”

The hackathon is part of the Global Programme for the Implementation of
the Doha Declaration, which came out of the 13th United
Nations Congress on Crime Prevention and Criminal Justice held in Qatar
in 2015. Under the Doha Declaration, UNODC’s Education for Justice (E4J)
initiative was developed to create and disseminate education materials
in UNODC-mandated areas of crime prevention and criminal justice across
the primary, secondary and tertiary education levels.

The E4J initiative helps educators teach the next generation to better
understand and address problems that can undermine the rule of law and
encourage students to actively engage in their communities and future
professions. The hackathon encourages this engagement by allowing
students to play a hands-on role in developing educational games that
focus on justice and law issues.

For media interested in attending the hackathon, please email uspress@symantec.com
for a press pass.

About the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime

UNODC
works to counter drugs, crime and terrorism, and mobilizes and promotes
regional and transnational cooperation to confront these threats.
Specific efforts are made to target the world’s most vulnerable regions,
where the convergence of these issues threatens regional and global
security. UNODC works directly with governments, international
organizations, and civil society. For more, visit www.unodc.org
and find us on Facebook,
Twitter,
and LinkedIn.

About Africa Teen Geeks

Africa Teen Geeks is one of the largest computer science education
nonprofit organizations in Africa. Since its inception three years ago,
Africa Teen Geeks has impacted over 40,000 kids and is growing with
campaigns such as Girl Geek, Computer Science Week and Knit2code, a
programme that teaches girls with no access to computers coding by
utilizing knitting. For more information, visit www.africateengeeks.co.za and
find us on Facebook,
Twitter,
and LinkedIn.

About Symantec

Symantec Corporation (NASDAQ: SYMC), the world’s leading cyber security
company, helps organizations, governments and people secure their most
important data wherever it lives. Organizations across the world look to
Symantec for strategic, integrated solutions to defend against
sophisticated attacks across endpoints, cloud and infrastructure.
Likewise, a global community of more than 50 million people and families
rely on Symantec’s Norton and LifeLock product suites to protect their
digital lives at home and across their devices. Symantec operates one of
the world’s largest civilian cyber intelligence networks, allowing it to
see and protect against the most advanced threats. For additional
information, please visit www.symantec.com
or connect with us on Facebook,
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and LinkedIn.

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