Innovation Sandbox

RSAC Innovation Sandbox Brings Cybersecurity Innovators Together

Each year, RSA Conference invites cybersecurity’s boldest new innovators to compete in RSAC Innovation Sandbox, a contest that puts the spotlight on startups with potentially game-changing ideas. A judging panel comprised of industry veterans with diverse perspectives is challenged with reviewing submissions from amazing startups. Ten Finalists are then selected to pitch their ideas in-person at RSA Conference. The Finalists are given three-minutes to share their groundbreaking products and solutions to this same panel of judges on stage.

RSAC Innovation Sandbox has crowned 18 companies over the years. Since the start of the contest, the Top 10 Finalists have collectively seen over 80 acquisitions and $13.5 billion in investments. Examples of companies that have competed include Phantom, BigID, Axonius, Talon Security, and most recently – HiddenLayer.

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Who Took the Crown of "Most Innovative Startup 2023?"

Always a crowd favorite, RSAC Innovation Sandbox contest has never failed to astound and amaze Conference attendees. HiddenLayer was crowned the Most Innovative Startup 2023 – watch the winning pitch! 

Think your startup is ready for the main stage? Submissions open approximately four months before Conference, and contest terms and conditions are posted approximately five months before Conference to the RSAC Innovation Sandbox event page. For questions related to RSAC Innovation Sandbox, email us at

Putting the Spotlight on the Most Innovative New Startups

Hear from Hugh Thompson, Program Committee Chair and host of the popular RSAC Innovation Sandbox contest, as he shares an exciting overview of the program.

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