APAC Virtual Hackathon

#DigitalDefence Hack

20 - 22 November, 2020

Finding innovative solutions to bolster APAC's
digital security practices and capabilities

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PRE-EVENT: Project Showcase Voting

Have you built an amazing digital or cyber security project you would like to showcase to the world? Global showcase submissions for the #DigitalDefence Showcase are now OPEN! All projects will go into the running to win awesome prizes (cash and in-kind from a pool of $15,000AUD) from our amazing partners.


COMPETITION: Digital Security Hackathon

The hackathon itself will be a 48 hour process from 20 November – 22 November, to ideate and deploy a solution under three categories. All submitted projects will need to incorporate or make a reference to least one dataset, article or infographic, that will be published closer to the date.

Anomaly Detection

Anomaly detection is the process of identifying unexpected items or events in data sets, which differ from the norm. This process can help address problem such strange bank account transactions, unusual fraud activity, and business risks.
Can you build a system to detect anomalies in a dataset?


Deepfakes are fake videos or audio recordings that look and sound just like the real thing. While still in its infancy, prevalence of this technology is increasingly use for identity impersonation and fraud. Can you build a detection and tracing tool to identify deepfakes?

Cyber Security & Exploits

Cyber security hygiene can help stem the loss of data and business systems from hacking and exploits. Increasingly, poorly defended computer system vulnerabilities are taken advantage of by malware, ransomware and other exploits.
Can you build a cyber security hygiene or exploit mitigation application?

Challenge background

  • Fraud and data theft: According to the SEC, “small and midsize businesses (“SMBs”) are not just targets of cybercrime, they are its principal target. In fact, the majority of all targeted cyberattacks last year were directed at SMBs.”

  • Developments of the financial sector brought with it new money laundering threats, especially with regards to the widespread use of mobile devices, the rate, and the effect of money laundering crimes increases.

  • Across the APAC region, an estimated total 32% of confirmed data breaches are due to phishing attacks. These trends have increased under the COVID-19 pandemic.

Introducing a new HACKERSPACE experience

The new hackerspace is an all-in-one dashboard for competitors to easily access the required documents, videos, resources and team making function to compete.

Userflow Checklist

A intuititive self-paced checklist walking you through the major processes in forming a team, ideating and submitting a successful solution.

Open Announcements

All key hackathon announcements open and available from DAY 1 with helpful summaries provided straight to your dashboard!

HackMaker's Slack Channel

A new and improved Slackbot experience with cleaner channels targetted to your region and organisations.

24/7 Resource Centre

A new collection of short videos, templates and resources to help you the hackathon process, challenges, using the Slack space and best practices.

Datasets & Technologies

Score some FREE credits a from our sponsor's cloud and development technologies: paired up with wicked recommended or self-sourced datasets.

Post Hack Guide

Want to take your hackathon solution to market? All participants will score A FREE post-hack guide will outline potential pathways to commercial success.

Community Partners

Challenge Judges & Speakers

Frequently Asked Questions

There are two phases to this hackathon. The first phase involves potentially showcasing your work and upvoting other awesome ideas that were developed. Submissions will be due by 23:59, Tuesday 19 November, and be voted on both by the community and a panel of data science experts.

The second phase involves the hackathon. After you sign up you will be invited via email to our event online collaborative space.

The virtual hackathon begins 19:00 Friday, 20 November AEST  and concludes 19:00 Sunday, 22 November.
This hackathon will be aimed creating a product or best practice manual to help organisations improve their digital and data security. The three key categories participants will compete in will be: anomaly detection, deepfakes and cyber security & exploits.
More broadly, A hackathon (hack = solving a complex problem) (athon = marathon) is an intense sprint-style experience in which software developers, interface designers, technologists and product experts come together to rapidly develop software or hardware projects. 

Once you have registered, you will receive a welcome email have access to our dashboard, and Slack space. 

This dashboard will list all the steps required to have an awesome experience competing, and also the resources to build your team, ideate, prototype and present.

The resource centre will be a collection of short videos, templates and documents tailor made to help participants ideate, prototype and submit their solutions.

The Slack channel will be where you can meet other competitors and the Hackmakers staff.

HackMakers will organise, lead mentors, and mentors with hackathon experience will facilitate teams to maximise their experience. This includes helping match participants to team and skills, debug code, ideate, introduce to the resources and tools, and effectively present their solution.

Team formation is going to be happening in a number of different potential ways. You will be able to work out who is in your team before the competition starts however you won’t be able to officially register your team on the Hackerspace until the competition launches.

  1. The first way is to come in with an existing team of people that you already know and work with them. This has not changed from previous years.
  2. The second way is to be placed into an algorithmically generated group where you can introduce to others in a small channel relevant to your skillsets and timezone.
  3. The third way is via Slack using the #find-team channel to post a blurb about yourself and read others’ blurbs.
  4. The fourth is through specified team forming sessions organised by Hackmakers through Zoom. This option will become available to participants on the first day of the hackathon.

We will have over $15,000 worth of prizes generously contributed by our sponsors and community partners. 

Further announcements will be made closer to the date of the hackathon!

Let's Secure our Future!

Finding innovative solutions to bolster APAC's digital security practices and capabilities