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Hackathon April 11, 2019


Challenges: Hackathon Smart City & Cybersecurity

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Smart City and Cybersecurity Hackathon April 11, 2019 @DTU Skylab: #1 Hack a self-driving bus? #2 Hack sensors? #3 Hack cameras?  #4 Hack traffic lights? The hackathon will have both English and Danish speaking teams.


The four challenges and assessment criteria for prizes. Below is a short description of the four challenges of the day and information about available devices. Furthermore you can find more information about the three prizes and assesment criteria for them.T


The groups will get more information and mentorship during the day. 


Challenge 1: Autonomous vehicle (self-driving bus)

Show us a possible approach to analyze and understand the architecture of an autonomous vehicle (AV) as the basis for devising attacks on the AV and mitigating strategies as defense to these attacks.


Challenge posed by EasyMile and the LINC consortium (Albertslund, Gladsaxe, Nobina, IBM, DTU, RUC and Gate 21)


Presented by: Søren Kehr from Albertslund municipality


What information and materials the teams will be able to access during hack:

  • EasyMile will build and provide a high-level architecture that is close to the actual EZ10 architecture which will be the basis for which the participants can analyze, devise attacks and mitigate strategies as defense. Thus, the architecture won’t be the actual EZ10 architecture but will reflect an architecture that could power any autonomous vehicle.

  • The high-level architecture will be a diagram that will show the technology (LiDAR sensors), protocol (TLS 1.2 protocol), framework (Google Proto Buffers), etc. used by a communication path or a component in the architecture. Furthermore, information about the wire transport will be provided (e.g. used to control the trajectory).

  • The above information that is available for the participants at the hackathon will show the communications with the cloud as well as the internal network of the vehicle.

  • Beside the information mentioned above, the autonomous shuttle will be physically present at the hackathon which will allow the participants to investigate the physical appearance of the shuttle (e.g. where Is the LiDAR sensors located etc.), but the participants are not allowed to access or hack the physical shuttle in any other way.


Challenge 2: Sensors

Show us how to hack sensors (LoRaWAN) in the public space and come up with solutions to close the gaps so we can use the sensors to create better traffic, buildings and climate solutions, for example.

The challenge is posed by DTU. Morten Koed Rasmussen, Høje Taastrup will present the municipalities use of LoRaWAN.


What information and materials the teams will be able to access during hack

  • Software defined radio (GNU radio) is made available by HackerLab. Various physical tools will also be available.

  • There are different LoRaWAN devices available in Skylab and they are in activated/connected state – each group will focus at a specific device.

  • You need to bring your own laptop and you might need to download and install small software tools.


Challenge 3: Cameras

Show us how to use cameras in the public space for parking and traffic solutions without compromising security and privacy


The challenge is posed by DTU and Frederiksberg Kommune. Camilla F. Mortensen will present the case.


What information and materials the teams will be able to access during hack:

  • A synthesized dataset containing incidents using the Politess server format is provided along with an accompanying lookup table of GPS coordinates for the parking space ids and a (google maps/earth map) with the plotted coordinates onto a map of Frederiksberg. 

  • Materials: It is advantageous to have a PC with installed python (jupyter) or matlab, google earth, excel. The (synthetic) dataset of the Camera parking data will be provided at the Hackathon. Some strategies for analysis will also be presented.



Challenge 4: Traffic lights

Show us how to attack and control traffic lights in the public space and how to protect the traffic lights against attacks.


The challenge is posed by DTU and Gate21. Lise Søderberg, Gate21 will present the case.


What information and materials the teams will be able to access during hack

  • Literature and visuals of the protocols such as the RSMP and OCIT-C that are both open-source. The protocol for the actual light have to established during the ideation part of the challenge. Furthermore, the documentations will also provide an overview of the architecture, connection and functionality (traffic light control and network).

  • Tools such as software defined radios, 4G modems, USB attack tools, Ethernet attack tools and Wi-fi attack tools will be provided. Participants should bring their own laptops and it is advantageous to have software such as wireshark and GNU radio already installed.


Assessment criteria and prizes

Prizes will be awarded in three categories:

  1. Best pitch award

  2. Accelerator award

  3. Best Idea award


Accessment criteria for the pitch and awards (Same for all four challenges)

  • Best pitch

    • Recognition of the team with the best ability to communicate their idea on stage including time management and visual/oral/prototype communication techniques. How well did the team present their solution on stage.

  • Fastest acceleration

    • How much the team has accelerated during the hack, taking into consideration 1) The diversity of the challenges (starting point, level of difficulty) and 2) on the basis of the team profiles and prior experience in the field.

  • Best idea

    • The actual solution they have presented is it convincing and does it have potential?

    • Recognition of the team with the best smart city and cyber security idea including the highest value and potential impact for a municipality.


Jury and mentors


  • Bipjeet Kaur, DTU Diplom

  • Birger Andersen, DTU Diplom

  • Camilla Mortensen, Frederiksberg

  • Christian D. Jensen, DTU Compute

  • Jens Myrup Pedersen, Aalborg Universitet

  • Lise Søderberg, Gate21

  • Morten Koed Rasmussen, Høje Taastrup

  • Sam Afzal-Houshmand, DTU Compute, Hackerlab

  • Ying Yan, DTU Fotonik


  • Claus Klint, Director, IoT, IBM

  • Galina Ianchina, CIO, Albertslund

  • Jens Myrup Pedersen, Aalborg Universitet

  • Mark Riis, Innovationschef, DTU Compute

  • Thomas Fænø, CIO, Banedanmark


  • Marie Louise Møllebæk Pollmann-Larsen, DTU Skylab

Contact: Smart City Cybersecurity Lab ved Anders Pall Skött,