AFCEAHack ’17

Sweden’s leading Capture The Flag (CTF) hacking challenge, in conjunction with AFCEA TechNet Europe 17. Bringing together students, hackers and industry experts.

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9-11th October 2017

Stockholm, Sweden

Objectives of AFCEAHack ’17

From 9th to 11th October the AFCEAHack 17 will take place. It’s a unique event in the emerging field of cybersecurity and national defense, spearheaded by AFCEA, the non-profit organization advancing information technology, communications and electronics capabilities since 1946. Participants will be challenged to the extreme, collaborating in a team and demonstrating their knowledge of security and their development skills. The top 3 teams judged to have performed the best will be included among the competition winners.

Identification of talent and technical and creative skills of the participants

Teaching and learning for the improvement of investigation skills and software development

An environment that facilitates the development of social skills, promoting collaboration, teamwork and networking

Development of skills and experience in a competitive environment

Students get free access to TechNet Europe 2017, the leading seminar within national security and cyber defense.

Parallel to the Hackathon, AFCEA will hold their final major conference and exhibition of 2017 – AFCEA TechNet 17. More than 300 attendees are expected to attend to this year’s edition. The event will be organised in cooperation with the AFCEA Stockholm Chapter. The event brings agencies, academia and industry together to boost knowledge on cyber related topics connected to national security scenarios. During the event, exchange ideas, network, increase knowledge and understand the main challenges in the cyber arena that our nations are facing today.

Some of the confirmed speakers:

  • Mr. Peter Hultqvist, Minister of Defence, Sweden
  • General Micael Bydén, Supreme Commander of the Swedish Armed Forces
  • Dr. John A. Zangardi, Acting DoD CIO (USA)
  • Mr. Mikko Hyppönen, Chief Research Officer, F-Secure (FIN)
  • Major General Fredrik Robertsson, CIO, Swedish Armed Forces
  • Mr. Åke Holmgren, Office of Cybersecurity and Critical Infrastructure Protection, Swedish Civil Contingencies Agency (MSB)
  • Mr. Chris Stace, Head of Unit, Information Superiority, European Defense Agency

Who should participate?

AFCEAHack ’17 (held under AFCEA TechNet 17) is open to any registered attendee to participate. AFCEHack is hosted next to AFCEA TechNet, which makes it perfect for students who are looking to broaden their network. Some of the companies and government agencies are likely offering thesis projects and summer internships!

What skills do I need?

Interest in information security and a desire to learn techniques and technologies such as application security, cryptography, threat modeling, penetration testing, etc.

  • Strong Linux or Windows system administrator skills.
  • Network Essentials – understanding of the various layers, TCP/IP, DNS, etc.
  • Experience scripting or developing in at least one of the following languages: Python, Ruby, Powershell / Bash, PHP, Java, NET (C#).
How does it work?

At AFCEAHack the participants are presented with a so called Capture the Flag (CTF), in the form of a simulated, virtualized network. Your job is to hack it! The participants don’t attack each other, their task is to hack and break the different challenges presented for them. There is no active defensive side. Instead your job is to penetrate into the (rather passive) simulated network by completing a number of offensive tasks!

AFCEAHack – connecting academia and industry

AFCEA’s first cybersecurity hacking challenge brings together software developers, university students, and national security enthusiasts. Under the umbrella of AFCEA, we promote a deep dialogue between universities and the leading technology companies in the area. For three days, the event aims at building bridges in the form of different formats and with the help of software engineers, security experts with technical expertise.

Software developers

University students

Security enthusiasts


(More detailed schedule coming soon)

Program: Jeopardy Style
Dates: 9-11th October, 2017
Language: English (with Swedish support)
Venue: Hotel Scandic Infra City
Kanalvägen 10, 194 61 Upplands Väsby, Sweden


  • Connector.Connector.

    € 3,000 EUR

    to the 1st place!

  • Connector.Connector.

    € 1,500 EUR

    to the second best!

  • Connector.Connector.

    € 1,000 EUR

    to the bronze winner!


  • Connector.Connector.

    Twitter Challenges

    most likes wins a hacking tool!

  • Connector.Connector.

    Drone Race

    Winner keeps the drone!

Winners will be announced at the AFCEA closing ceremony, together with some of the most influential defense personnel in Europe!



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How is AFCEAHack run?

AFCEAHack is planned entirely by members of AFCEA, with some great advice and assistance from industry companies and government agencies. The company is 50% funded by a Swedish Government Agency, and the remaining is from corporate sponsor donations.

When / Where can I hack?

AFCEAHack will start with the kick-off ceremony Mon 9th in the afternoon. The CTF begins on Tue morning (10th Oct) and ends Wed mid-day when the closing ceremony is held. A detailed schedule of events during AFCEAHack will be posted closer to the event. All work eligible for prizes must be completed between Mon afternoon and Wed afternoon, within the network we set up at the conference convention. As we want to promote interaction between students and the TechNet conference, we do not allow remote participation. 

Who can participate in the hackathon?

AFCEAHack is open to anyone with Interest in IT security and a desire to learn techniques and technologies such as application security, cryptography, penetration testing, etc.

We recommend the following prerequisites:

  • Strong Linux or Windows system administrator skills.
  • Network Essentials – understanding of the various layers, TCP/IP, DNS, etc.
  • Experience scripting or developing in at least one of the following languages: Python, Ruby, Powershell / Bash, PHP, Java, NET (C#).

What types of projects can teams work on?

Teams will be solving the challenges set up for the hacking challenge, a Capture The Flag based event. This means independently attacking a corporate computer network with the aim of exfiltrating specific information. The network is rigged by the organizers in a virtual environment. Tools for network and vulnerability scanning, platforms for exploit development, command and control, passwork cracking, etc. in the initial phase of the event, but you are free to employ methods and tools of your own choice!

How do I form a team?

You can form a team before the event (up to 3 persons, either with friends / colleagues or you can find team members once you arrive). You can always write to us and we can put you together with an existing team!

Who owns the technology that teams produce?

The teams that work on the projects own the project technologies, however ‘just being a team member’ at the hackathon does not mean that you get to own any code or IP that your teammates (or the audience) produce in the future based on the idea. Any ideas you pitch or share are released into the ‘public domain’ and we do not require attendees to sign non-disclosure agreements!

Does AFCEAHack, its sponsors, or mentors provide any assistance to teams?

Almost all the sponsors are available to help you with your project (even if you’re not even using their technology!) You can contact the sponsors before and during the event, as sponsors will be at the event exhibiting during the same time.

Organizers and contact

AFCEAHack 17 is organized by AFCEA, a member-based, non-profit association for professionals that provides highly sought after thought leadership, engagement and networking opportunities. We focus on cyber, command, control, communications, computers and intelligence to address national and international security challenges. AFCEA connects great ideas, vital solutions and innovative people to advance the global security mission. We provide an ethical forum for military, government, academic and industry communities to collaborate so that technology and strategy align with the needs of those who serve.