Earlier this year, Project Byzantium submitted an entry for the 2012 Access Innovation Prize, an initiative to award five $20,000us grants to accelerate projects working in several problem spaces. These problem spaces are defined as making networks resilient to blackouts (including power and connectivity disruptions), making strong crypto easy to use by everyone, a bounty on a working fix for a vulnerability that affects software used by activists and/or defenders of human rights, a system for making Facebook an easier to use platform for the social good, and the Golden Jellybean Award for advancing communication technologies to promote and enable human rights. Project Byzantium’s application was for the Blackout Resilience category. We were recently notified that we are a finalist in this category, and have been invited to New York to attend the awards ceremony on 10 December 2012. We are honored to have been selected as finalists, and will be in attendence.