{DECIPHER} Hackathon

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71 Ayer Rajah Crescent, #02-18

Singapore, 139951


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/ What is it

How tough is your app? Put your skills to the test at the inaugural {DECIPHER} hackathon, which takes place from 12 to 14 April 2019! Co-organised by ICE71 and Div0, in partnership with Cisco, it aims to bring together students, developers, hackers and working professionals over 36 hours to create a secure application / tool in 19 pre-identified areas.

Get your fellow hackers together (or find like-minded peers on Day 1), and get crackin'!


  • Free food, cool swag, and a lovely space for you to do your best work

    • 4 meals provided (& not forgetting unlimited coffee!)

    • ICE71 – The region’s cybersecurity entrepreneur hub – is your home for 3 days.

    • Free unlimited wifi, of course.

  • Tech Workshop by Stefan Streichsbier on “A Practical Introduction to Secure Coding”


All winners will get the exclusive {DECIPHER} hackathon Challenge Coins!


It’s free!

~~Read on for the Challenge Details and Hackathon Schedule.~~

/ The Challenge

Create a secure application / tool with real world impact, addressing one or more of the following areas:

  • Wireless Security
  • Mobile Cybersecurity
  • Code Assessment
  • Data Forensics and Incident Response
  • Exploitation and Ethical Hacking
  • Hardware/Embedded Cybersecurity
  • Internet of Things (IoT)
  • Malware Defence
  • Network Defence
  • Reverse Engineering
  • Vulnerability Assessment
  • Web AppSec
  • Endpoint Protection
  • Endpoint Integrity Protection
  • Threat Detection (Using AI/ML)
  • Cyber Threat Detection and Mitigation
  • Cloud Computing and Virtualisation Cybersecurity
  • DevSecOps

/ Schedule

7 Mar – 11 Apr: Registration (or until slots are filled up!)

Day 1: 12 April (Fri) - KICK OFF DAY

  • 6.00pm – 7.00pm: Registration + Refreshments & Pizza

  • 7.00pm – 8.00pm: Welcome & Introduction of the Challenges

  • 8.00pm – 8.30pm: Ice-breakers / Team Formation

  • 8.30pm: Wrap-up and end of Day 1

Day 2: 13 April (Sat) - HACK AWAY

  • 9.00 – 11.00am: Tech Workshop (*compulsory*) on A Practical Introduction to Secure Coding

  • 11.00am – 7.00pm: Hacking

    • Lunch and afternoon tea provided @ ICE71

Day 3: 14 April (Sun) - DEMO DAY

  • 8.30am – 10.00am: Breakfast + Pitch Prep
  • 9.30am: All projects to be completed and submitted
  • 10.00am – 12.00pm: Team Pitches & Judging
  • 12.00pm – 12.30pm: Prize Giving
  • 12.30pm: End of Hackathon!

/ Judges & Judging Criteria

Watch this space -- the judges will be revealed closer to the hackathon date!


#1: Ambition of Problem

Scale and complexity of the problem being explored.

#2: Innovation of Solution

Scale and novelty of the technology being used, and/or the architectural approach taken.

#3: Quality of Implementation

Ability for the team to reach a conclusion about the viability of the project.

#4: Quality of Presentation

Ability for the judges to clearly understand (1) what the desired functionality is, and (2) see that the functionality is behaving as expected.

/ General Rules + T&Cs

1. New codes please

To ensure fairness to all participants, participants should not build on top of previous projects. Participants are allowed to draft their concepts or designs beforehand (within fair limits), but the actual work/app development MUST be designed and executed during the hackathon timeframe (i.e. 36 hours). The organisers reserve the right to review the code of winning teams to ensure that all code used follows this guidelines.

2. Ownership and IP

Participants retain full ownership over the products and Intellectual Property developed at this hackathon.

3. Team Size

Participants can either go solo, or take part as a team of up to 3 members.

No sweat if you don’t have a team! We’ve dedicated time on Day 1 (12 April) for you to meet fellow hackers and form teams before the actual hacking starts.

4. Pitching

When pitching, participants must demo their application. The duration of the pitching and Q&A will be within the time frame allocated by the organisers (details will be announced on Day 1 of the hackathon).

5. Cut-off for participation

All participants have to register for the hackathon on-site on Friday, 12 April 2019 by 7.00pm. Failure to do so will result in any work contributed being invalid and/or team disqualification.

/ FAQs

1. Who can participate?

All participants who are 18 and above are welcome to participate. This includes students, first-timers, coders, developers, industry professionals etc. Participants should have basic knowledge of any programming language.

2. Why should I participate?

Hang out with fellow hackers and code together! You don't need to have a million dollar idea, nor be the best coder. This hackathon will be a good chance to hone your application development and pitching skills.

3. What should I bring?

Whatever tools you need to power you through the hackathon! Laptops, a nap cushion, your favourite soft toy, snacks, etc! Plus don’t forget those device chargers.

4. Can I stay overnight?

No, ICE71 will be open at these timings only:

  • 12 April (Fri): Until 9.00pm

  • 13 April (Sat): 8.30am - 7.00pm

  • 13 April (Sun): 8.30am - 1.00pm

Please do not leave your personal belongings overnight.

However, you are free to continue working in the vicinity -- there are many public areas around Launchpad@one-north!

5. Do you cater for dietary restrictions?

All meals provided will be halal-certified, with vegetarian options. However, are unable to cater to specific food allergies and preferences (e.g. vegan, gluten-free)

There are also food outlets in the vicinity (Timbre+, Fusionopolis) where you can find plenty of dining options.

6. Have more questions?

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