Hack A Day – Securing AI: CTF Competition

Securing AI

The 7th annual Hack A Day, hosted by PwC Hong Kong, will take place on 7 November 2023.

This year's theme, "Securing AI," highlights the importance of understanding the potential security risks and vulnerabilities associated with artificial intelligence.

Running alongside Hack A Day Cybersecurity Conference will be the Hackathon and Capture The Flag Competition for students from Hong Kong, Macau, Singapore, Indonesia, Vietnam, Malaysia and Thailand. These exciting competitions offer students a unique opportunity to engage with AI models and tools, showcase their cybersecurity skills, and compete against talented peers.

Why you should join

PwC Vietnam is committed to raising cybersecurity awareness among young people. As part of our commitment, we present the Capture The Flag Competition, providing valuable platforms to enhance the skills of future talents and equip them for a rewarding career in cybersecurity.

Seize the opportunity to learn to hack and hack to learn, and co-secure while becoming an integral part of the thriving cyber ecosystem. Don't miss your chance to join us and be part of this exciting journey of knowledge and collaboration.

Capture The Flag Competition

Celebrate the 7th year of our highly anticipated annual Capture The Flag Competition. This signature event is a prime opportunity to attract and recruit top talents.

Students will have the opportunity to showcase their skills as they research, identify, and execute strategic attacks to capture as many flags as possible during the competition.

  • Tuesday, 7 November 2023
  • 7:30am - 4:30pm (Vietnam time)
  • Full-time undergraduate university students in Vietnam during school year 2023/2024
  • Each university can have a maximum of 2 teams for this competition. Each team can consist of 2-4 participants

PwC Vietnam Office
  • HCMC: 12th Floor, Saigon Tower, 29 Le Duan Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
  • Hanoi: 16th Floor, Keangnam Hanoi Landmark 72, Pham Hung Road, Nam Tu Liem District, Hanoi


Judging panel
  • PwC Hong Kong Cybersecurity and Cloud team







Welcome remarks & briefing




Results announcement & Award presentation
16:00-16:30 Closing & group photo


  • Team format – each university can register a maximum of two teams, and each team must consist of a maximum of four members.
  • Teams are not permitted to collaborate during the competition.
  • The competition will test the skills and knowledge of teams under six hacking categories. Students have to attempt all to score the highest points possible:
    • AI - The AI challenge tests the teams' capability to compromise the AI models and algorithms. Through clever tactics and strategic manoeuvres. Success in this challenge will require a deep understanding of the inner workings of AI, combined with a comprehensive knowledge of attack vectors.
    • Cloud - The cloud challenge tests the teams' capability to resolve real-life complex questions using cloud resources, including network service discovery, vulnerability assessment and exploitation against common network protocols and infrastructure architecture.
    • Red Team & Blue Team - The red team and blue team challenge tests the teams' understanding of the enterprise’s infrastructure and ability to execute the attack path used in real world cyberattacks, as well as some threat hunting techniques.
    • Threat Intelligence & Incident Response - The threat intelligence and incident response challenge tests the teams’ ability to respond to threat and incident on a timely basis.
    • Web - The web challenge tests the teams’ ability to analyse and exploit poor configuration and vulnerabilities in different web services and programme logic.
    • Binary & Reverse Engineering - The challenge seeks to test the teams’ knowledge on binary analysis and reverse engineering, analytical thought process and the ability to think out of the box.




  • Two to six challenges per category.
  • Difficulty level varies for each challenge, with scores ranging from 50 to 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.


Champion team

  • Internship at PwC
  • Certificate
  • PwC branded merchandise

First runner-up team

  • Certificate
  • PwC branded merchandise

Contact us

Xavier  Potier

Xavier Potier

Partner, Risk Assurance Services Leader, PwC Vietnam

Tel: +84 28 3823 0796

Pho Duc Giang, CISSP, CISA

Pho Duc Giang, CISSP, CISA

Director, Data Trust and Cybersecurity Services, PwC Vietnam Cybersecurity Services Company

Tel: +84 28 3823 0796

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