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Hack My Robot

The Hack My Robot Challenge aims to raise awareness about the cybersecurity aspects of increasingly digitalized construction environments with a particular focus on robotics. Students who want to learn more about operational technology security, robotics, and construction technologies are invited to attend. This year’s focus is on autonomous excavators, which could cause critical safety issues if compromised. The participants will be challenged to come up with ideas to compromise the data and operations of the given robotic system considering the characteristics of construction sites. 


This challenge is organized by the S.M.A.R.T. Construction Research Group with the support and collaboration from the Center for Cybersecurity (CCS) at NYUAD and the Center for AI and Robotics (CAIR) at NYUAD. The competition is open to undergraduate and graduate students enrolled in any university in the MENA region.

Challenge Writers

competition timeline

1 September 2023
30 September 2023
3 October 2023
5-12  October 2023
6-9 November 2024
Qualification Round and Registrations Start
Qualification Round and Registrations Deadline
Finalist Notification
Finalist Teams Receiving the Robots
Final Demos & Presentations

2023 competition organizers

2022 Winners
2021 Finalists

2022 winners

Congratulations to our 2022 Winners
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