Do not let the rules limit your imagination

“Can you transform a smart toilet into a musical fountain? Can you turn an intelligent air purifier with noise monitoring into an eavesdropping device? Or can you call 1000 taxies at the same time?”… Those were the promotional hints sent out by the first GeekPwn Contest’s organizing committee. Beyond just a information security contest, GeekPwn is destined to find the most imaginative and innovative free mind in security Geek world. To encourage more new ideas, GeekPwn has approved to add new awards for its 2016 contests (including the Macau leg) as follows:

The Best Imagination Award

Prize money: 50,000-100,000 yuan

Judgment Criteria: The only award of this category on offer selected by the GeekPwn judging panel. Judges will vote for the coolest and most innovative project according to either the category of the Pwned device or the ideas and technical approaches of the Pwn. The contestant who earns the most and at least more than half of the judges’ votes will win the award. The winner’s bonus will be decided by the number of votes within the prize money range.

The Best Technique Award

Prize money: 50,000-100,000 yuan

Judgment Criteria: The only award of this category on offer selected by the GeekPwn judging panel. Judges will vote for the most technically difficult Pwn project at the contest. The contestant who earns the most and at least more than half of the judges’ votes will win the award. The winner’s bonus will be decided by the number of votes within the prize money range.

The Coolest Demonstration Award

Prize money: 10,000-50,000 yuan

Judgment Criteria: The only award of this category on offer jointly selected by the GeekPwn judging panel and spectators. The judges and spectators will vote for the project with the best Pwn demonstration effect. The contestant who earns the most and at least more than half of the judges’ votes will win the award. The winner’s bonus will be decided by the number of votes within the prize money range.

The Additional Imagination Award

Prize money: 3,000-20,000 yuan

Judgment Criteria: An unlimited number of awards voted by the GeekPwn judging panel based on each project’s innovativeness in two categories – the variety of Pwn devices and the Pwn ideas and technical methods. Contests, whose project earns a certain number of votes, will be awarded. The winner’s bonus will be decided by the number of votes within the prize money range.

The judges’ words

Yu Yang (于旸)

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If somebody attacks a drone with a computer, can you hack the computer with the drone? If someone attacks with electromagnetic waves, can you fight it back with acoustic wave? Somebody said the Chinese are hard-working but lack of innovativeness. I think it’s because we haven’t free our imaginative mind. I hope to see more mind-blowing projects at this year’s GeekPwn, which could thrill the audience.

Wan Tao (万涛)

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The glory of Pwn comes from different challenges while the bonus is the acknowledgement of your dedication but not the assessment of your work. Smart devices have been profoundly changing our future and every aspect of the social life, so the significance of the information security is noticeable. As a judge of GeekPwn, I follow the emergence of new devices and the iteration of technology every week. I also invest a lot of time and resources to test them at home and the IDF lab and enjoy the process. As a researcher of information security, your vision decides how deep you can dig in the area. I hope to encourage all the contestants to demonstrate their understanding, requirement and pursuit of intelligent smart life.

Yuange

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To work on exposing security vulnerability you have to stick to your own direction. I started from the research of IIS, and developed the RPC method to hack in all the Windows devices after getting more familiar with the system. Everybody realized that RPC is a gold mine after the security loophole of DCOM got exposed. After the home router project won big prize money at last year’s GeekPwn, I found a lot of the projects this year are all about this as follow-ups. You can not follow the bonus but let the bonus follow your research. Our purpose is to inspire new ideas.

 

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