PwC’s HackaDay 2017, 23 June

PwC’s HackaDay 2017 - Recap


PwC Hong Kong's first ever hacking competition - HackaDay 2017 - was successfully held on 23-June, where undergraduate students from five Hong Kong universities competed in a 6-hour hacking session at our executive centre.  HackaDay was designed for a number of reasons and at its core we are intent on raising cybersecurity awareness in an area that many still perceive as a faraway problem.  With numerous high profile cyber attacks in recent months, cybersecurity has never been more important and by offering this platform, we hope to both assess and raise the skills and knowledge of Hong Kong's new generation.  

With that in mind, we are delighted that the participating students displayed a good level of knowledge in major hacking categories and would like to congratulate the winning team, 'WannaCry', from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, and team 'Firebird-2' from the Hong Kong University of Science and Technology.

Check out our HackaDay 2017 recap video for highlights and we hope to see you in 2018!


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PwC's HackaDay 2017 - competition recap


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Official team briefing in May 2017

A cybersecurity competition for undergraduate students from universities in Hong Kong

Technological advancements such as Big Data, VR, IoT and mobile payments to name a few, is disrupting how companies do business and changing how individuals live their lives.  However, as we continue to see cyberattacks continue to escalate in frequency, severity and impact, it is essential to maintain a focus on safeguarding our society today as well as that in the future.

Therefore our competition is not just aimed at assessing the skills and knowledge of contestants but using it as a platform to increase the competency level of Hong Kong’s new talent and raising cybersecurity awareness among Hong Kong’s youth.



Competition Details

  • Date: Friday, 23rd June
  • Time: 9am to 6:30pm
  • Venue: PwC Executive Centre, 21/F Edinburgh Tower, 15 Queen’s Road Central, Hong Kong
  • Judging panel: PwC Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Privacy team

Competition Rules

  • Participants must be full-time undergraduate university students in Hong Kong at the time of registration (or undergraduate students within 3 months of official graduation)
  • Team format 
    • each team must consist of a maximum of 4 members 
    • each university will send a maximum of 2 teams
  • Teams are not permitted to collaborate during the competition
  • The competition will test the skills and knowledge of teams under 3 hacking categories:
    • Network
      • This challenge tests the participating teams' skills and knowledge on network service discovery, vulnerability assessment and exploitation, against common network protocols and infrastructure architecture.
    • Web
      • The web challenge will test the participating teams' ability to analyse and exploit poor configuration and vulnerabilities on different web services and program logic.
    • Binary
      • The binary challenge seeks to test the participating teams' knowledge on binary analysis, analytical thought process and the ability to think out of the box.
  • Time limit: 6 hours
  • Participants must use their personal computer devices

Competition Scoring

  • 3-5 challenges per category
  • Difficulty level varies for each challenge, with scores ranging from 100-500
  • The winner will be determined by the team attaining the highest score
  • If two teams attain the same score, the team completing the challenge in the shortest time prevails


Winning team

up to 1 year internship with PwC Hong Kong and China’s Cybersecurity and Privacy team plus full sponsorship of Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification

Runner-up team

up to 3 months internship with PwC Hong Kong and China’s Cybersecurity and Privacy team plus half sponsorship of Offensive Security Certified Professional (OSCP) certification





Welcome remarks and teams briefing




Award announcement and presentation; client cocktail


Please register through your respective university representatives listed as follows:

City University of Hong Kong

Mr Gerhard Hancke -


Hong Kong Baptist University

Dr Tam Hon Wah -


Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Mr Anthony Lai -


The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Mr Shi Shangcheng -


The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Mr Allen Au -

The University of Hong Kong

Ms Phoenix To -


About PwC’s Cybersecurity and Privacy team

With over 1,600 cyber experts around the globe, PwC’s cyber security team helps its clients understand dynamic cyber challenges, adapt and respond to risks inherent to their business ecosystem, and prioritize and protect the most valuable assets fundamental to their business strategy. 

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By participating in the Competition, you agree that, to the maximum extent permitted under applicable laws, PricewaterhouseCoopers Limited (“PwC”), other PwC firms and entities, their partners, employees, officers, agents, representatives and sub-contractors (collectively, “PwC Parties”) shall not be liable or responsible for, and shall be released from and held harmless against, all liabilities, claims, demands or actions of any kind, including but not limited for any death, accidents, injuries, losses and/or damages of any kind whatsoever to any persons and property which may arise or be sustained from or in connection with the Competition.

You acknowledge and agree that PwC Parties are not responsible for any technical, hardware, software, systems, networks, websites, platforms, servers and/or equipment malfunctions or failures, or any inaccurate, incomplete or incorrect information, or any other problems, errors, disruptions or interruptions of any kind whatsoever which may arise or occur in connection with the Competition.

You understand and agree that PwC Parties shall have absolute and sole discretion and right to conduct, organize, suspend, modify or terminate the Competition in any manner and at any time as they see fit.

You should, and should also ensure and procure that all your team members, comply with the Competition Rules and maintain the highest standard of professionalism, ethics and integrity during the Competition. As such, you and your team should not attempt or take any actions to sabotage, tamper or interfere with other competing teams, the Competition’s platforms or any PwC Parties’ hardware, software, systems, networks, websites, platforms, servers and/or equipment. You understand and agree that PwC Parties have absolute discretion to disqualify your team for any violation of the Competition Rules or ethics/integrity standards.

You agree that any disputes on or relating to the Competition shall be governed by the laws of Hong Kong, and the Hong Kong courts shall have exclusive jurisdiction over any disputes, whether contractual or non-contractual.