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Rules & Guidelines

Hack3D Competition

The Hack3D competition serves to raise awareness and generate discussion in engineering and research communities about security in the additive manufacturing (AM) field.

In Hack3D’s 2019 Qualifying Round, participants are challenged to reconstruct a corrupted .gcode file, employing skills in file forensics and reverse-engineering.

In the Final Round, finalist teams will travel to New York to compete in hacking an anti-counterfeiting system designed to protect CAD models.

Qualifying Round: 1 August - 29 September 2019 (competitors work off-site at their own location)

Final in-person Round: 7 - 8 November 2019 at NYU Tandon School of Engineering (Brooklyn, New York).

Competitors will have the opportunity to learn and use skills in graphics programming, file manipulation, and reverse engineering while gaining an understanding of the additive manufacturing supply-chain.

Students who are interested in learning more about CAD, reverse-engineering, security, and additive manufacturing are encouraged to apply. 

CSAW GLOBAL PARTICIPATION

This competition currently runs in the CSAW US-Canada region, organized by Dr. Nikhil Gupta of the Mechanical & Aerospace Engineering Department, and student leads Nishant Aswani (NYUAD) and Michael Linares (NYU).

COMPETITION ELIGIBILITY

This competition is open to students enrolled in undergraduate or graduate degree programs in the United States, Canada, and for students enrolled at NYU Abu Dhabi. Other non-student teams* are also allowed to participate in the Qualification Round. 

Teams who are interested in competing must register prior to 21 September 2019 using the Register Now link (top right).

Beginning August 1st, registered teams will be provided access to the qualification challenge, which involves the reparation/reconstruction of a corrupted g-code file. Teams will have until 29 September 2019 to submit their repaired g-code and report to the competition organizers at [email protected]

Please note that teams may continue to register for this competition through 20 September, but the later the registration, the less time teams will have to work through the challenge. Early registration is encouraged.

RULES FOR Student Teams - QUALIFYING ROUND

  • Registration is required and will remain open through 20 September 2019
  • Players can compete individually or on a team of up to 4 members
  • All team members must be students enrolled in an accredited undergraduate or graduate degree programs in the United States, Canada, or enrolled at NYU Abu Dhabi.
    • Team members do not need to attend the same university/college
  • All players must compete under only 1 team name; playing for multiple teams is not permitted.
  • There is a maximum limit of 4 players on a team during the Qualifying Round. However, should a team qualify for Finals, only 2 members of a team will be supported with a Travel Award to Finals. We recommend determining which team members will compete at Finals in advance.
  • Teams should work independently; sharing answers privately or publicly, or collaborating with another team to secure multiple spots at Finals constitutes cheating.
  • Submissions are to be submitted via email to [email protected] by 29 September 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Re-submissions are not permitted. 

RULES FOR NON-STUDENT TEAMS* DURING QUALIFYING ROUND

  • Registration is required and will remain open through 20 September 2019.
  • Players can compete individually or on a team of up to 4 members.
  • All players must compete under only 1 team name; playing for multiple teams is not permitted.
  • Teams should work independently; sharing answers privately or publicly, or collaborating with another team to secure multiple spots at Finals constitutes cheating.
  • Submissions are to be submitted via email to [email protected] by 29 September 2019 at 11:59 PM EST. Re-submissions are not permitted.  

QUALIFYING FOR FINALS & FINALIST NOTIFICATION

Once the submission deadline has passed, team submissions of the repaired gcode file and accompanying process report will be assessed by NYU organizers.

Assessors will consider accuracy of dimensions and shape, but most importantly the thought process and techniques attempted in solving this challenge. 

The top five (5) student teams who most accurately repair the g-code file, as well as provide an organized documentation of their process, will be notified on their Finalist status no later than October 7, 2019.

*There is a possibility that the top three (3) non-student teams may also be invited to Finals, but this will not include a travel award nor the opportunity to compete for prizes. 

FINAL ROUND ELIGIBILITY

Student teams will be asked to verify their enrollment prior to being offered a Travel Award. Additionally, participation in Hack3D is contingent upon competitors' ability to enter the United States.

TRAVEL AWARD

Following the enrollment verification process, a Travel Award will be presented to two (2) members of each of the top 3 qualifying teams. Travel Awards to NYU Tandon School of Engineering include round-trip transportation, hotel lodging, and most meals. Teams will be provided details when they are invited to finals.

Any 3rd or 4th student team members are welcome to compete at Finals, but financial support for travel and lodging will not be provided by NYU Tandon School of Engineering.

FINALS FORMAT

During Finals, teams will be tasked with hacking and outsmarting a security system designed to recognize tampering within a 3D model. When required, CSAW will provide teams with access to a 3D printer, a computer with required software, and adequate training required for the hardware and software. 

PRIZES for STUDENT TEAMS

In addition to the Travel Award, cash prizes of $1000, $750, and $500 will be awarded to the top three teams. Prizes will be distributed in late November 2019.

MAILING LIST

Hack3D registrants will be automatically added to the CSAW mailing list. This list is used to provide occasional updates on CSAW and to promote cybersecurity related events being organized by CSAW regional partner schools. CSAW will not rent, sell, or share emails with non-partner schools or other entities or organizations. Registrants can opt-out of the mailing list at anytime.

CONTACTS

Please direct your inquiries to [email protected]