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Event Info
27 February 2020- Proposal Deadline for Drone Hackathon
2 March 2020, MITEC Kuala Lumpur
9.30am-11.00pm- Drone Hackathon
9.30am-4.30pm- Global Drone Conference 
9.30am-4.30pm - Drone Exhibition
11.00am-2.00pm - Drone Flying Demonstration
3 March 2020, MITEC Kuala Lumpur
9.30am-3.00pm- Drone Hackathon
9.30am-4.30pm- Global Drone Conference and Hackathon Prize Giving
9.300am-4.30pm- Drone Exhibition
11.00am-2.00pm - Drone Flying Demonstration
ISDEX2020, Langkawi
30 November 2019- ISDEX2020 Call for Papers Deadline
13-15 July 2020
Space Track: 9.00am-5.00pm- Space 4.0 Conference
Defence Track: 8.00am-12.00pm - Electronic Warfare Forum 
12.00pm-4.30pm- Electronic Warfare Simulations 
8.00am-4.30pm- Space & Defence Expo
Organized by
Supported by

Malaysia's Deputy Prime Minister's Office

Event Partners

©2019 by Best Events Productions

Hackathon: A Hacking of the Drones

21 & 22 October 2019*

To encourage students and general public to understand about the capability of drones, a hackathon has been created to harness talent especially when it comes to countering drones. Commercial easy-to-buy and small Unmanned Aerial Systems (sUAS) have become omnipresent, and the potential risk they pose to performers ranging from lone wolf terrorists to state-sponsored agents is growing daily.


Take part in the two day drone hackathon to explore non-traditional, innovative methods to counter sUAS. 



Software Developers, designers, and hackers from the academic, military, and commercial start-up communities.

Participation is open to all individuals over 18 years in age (with a maximum of one team member above 13 years old). Teams are welcome, but each member needs to register as an individual. The Hackathon is FREE to join. (accommodation, transport and meals not included)



  • Detection of sUAS operating in waypoint mode (i.e. not actively broadcasting/communicating)

  • Novel Cyber Effects for undetected exploitation of the sUAS system, including the operator

  • Nullification of the sUAS’s ability to perform its mission without destroying the system

  • Elimination of a sUAS threat that has defeated all other cyber and electronic warfare counter-measures while minimizing risk to bystanders

  • Challenge area experts and technical mentors will be available to work with teams to develop their concepts. 


  • Top teams will win cash rewards to further develop their concept.

  • Winning teams receive the opportunity for funding to further develop or demonstrate solution. Any recipient of funding must have the ability to legally perform work in Malaysia.

Teams will submit a PowerPoint presentation of their solution to Best Events Productions by 8.00pm(GMT+8) on 17 September, 2019.

Teams will also have an assigned table in the hackathon space to display their solution, which must be set up by 10:30 am on Tuesday, October 22, 2018.

This is an in-person event to be held in Kuala Lumpur. To participate, register below.

To be considered for judging, all concepts need to be submitted along with identifying your team members.

*Subject to change

Take Part in the Hackathon

Day 1 Schedule 

7.30am        Registration

8.00am        Briefings

9.00am       Opening Ceremony

9.30am       Hacking


1.00pm      Lunch break

6.00pm     Dinner break

11.00pm   End of Day 1

Day 2 Schedule 

8:00am   Kick-off brief

8:30am    Hacking 

 Lunch break


2.30pm    Judging (science fair style)

3:30 pm   Winners announced
​                  Prize Giving Ceremony


To be announced soon...

Judging Criteria

Judging Procedures
The first round of judging will be science fair style at 2pm on 22 October 2019, Tuesday. Five Finalists will be selected based on categories 1-3 below to make final presentations at 2pm on Tuesday. Up to three winners will be selected based on categories 1-4 below.

1. Impact (30%)

  • Impact - Problem Statement
    How well defined is the problem scope?

  • Impact - Problem Alignment
    How well does the Problem Statement align with the Challenge Statement and focus areas?

  • Impact - Need, DoD
    How significant is the DoD need for the proposed solution? What benefit does it provide over the status quo?

  • Impact - Need, Private Sector
    How significant is the private sector need for the proposed solution? What benefit does it provide over the status quo?



2. Team Membership and Execution (20%)

  • Team Membership and Execution - Diversity of Team Members
    How diverse are the team members’ experience levels, skills, and backgrounds?

  • Team Membership and Execution - Hack Journey
    How well did you incorporate new information learned at the hackathon into your solution? How did you use this information to iterate to improved approaches?

  • Team Membership and Execution - Customer Engagement
    How well did you engage with hackathon mentors and subject matter experts?

3. Product/Service (30%)

  • Product/Service - Description
    How well do you describe your product or service, its beneficial features, and how it is different?

  • Product/Service - Applicability
    How well does the proposed solution work in anticipated operating conditions?

  • Product/Service - Practicality for Stakeholders
    How practical is the solution for all stakeholders (not just end users)?

  • Product/Service - Resources required at deployment
    How reasonable are the resources required to deploy the proposed solution?

  • Product/Service - Technical Feasibility
    How credible is the scientific basis for the proposed solution?

  • Product/Service - Innovative approach
    Is your approach based on out-of-date technologies or ground-breaking ideas?

4. Go-Forward Plan (20%)

  • Go-Forward Plan - Award potential
    What additional benefit could your solution provide with a RM10K award?

  • Go-Forward Plan - Post-award investment potential
    What additional benefit could your solution provide with investment beyond the RM10K award?

  • Go-Forward Plan - Startup potential
    Is there opportunity for startup company formation?

  • Go-Forward Plan - Future technical risk narrative
    How well are risks analyzed and addressed, and how well are weaknesses mitigated?