About Smart Hack IT

  • The contest is open to all college students forming red teams of 5 members each
  • Each team shall have a faculty or industry adviser.
  • Schools can be represented by more than one team.
  • Each team shall be provided with the system documentations highlighting the processes followed by AES as stipulated under Republic Act 9369.
  • A copy of Republic Act 9369 can be downloaded from this link:
  • http://www.comelec.gov.ph/?r=References/RelatedLaws/ElectionLaws/AutomatedElection/RA9369.
  • The teams shall then review the process and identify the weaknesses of the process.
  • Each team shall develop a presentation (10 slides or less) to show how to take advantage of the system weakness/es.
  • The presentation shall focus on:
  • Process – weakness/es on the process that will enable unscrupulous people to change the results of the election;
  • People – identify the people who shall be part of this conspiracy in order to implement the system hacks;
  • Machines – identify machines that are needed to implement the hack;
  • Clean-up – identify how to erase any or all forensic evidence.
  • The competition will officially start on 21 August 2017.
  • Submission of the presentations will be on 4 September 2017.
  • 5 shortlisted teams will be announced on 6 September 2017.  The shortlisted teams will be asked to make their presentations on 7 September 2017 in front of a panel composed of election experts.
  • The winner will be announced on 9 September 2017 and will be invited to present their hack on 12 September 2017, during the ManilaCon 2017 event at Dusit Hotel.





This competition aims to help the Commission on Elections and other relevant stakeholders be aware of potential hacks, security breaches and weaknesses of Automated Election Systems (AES).     
Submit a letter addressed to Leo Querubin, Chair – Smart Hack IT Competition signifying the intention to join the competition using the school’s letterhead with the following information:
a. Members of the team;
b. Name of the faculty or industry adviser.

Schools entering multiple teams may submit one (1) letter identifying all the team members.

All letters must include the following statement:
“The members of the team(s) and its adviser(s) are fully aware of the nature of this competition and vow never to use any knowledge and skills learned and developed during this competition to subvert, directly or indirectly, the process and results of any and all kinds of elections.”

The letter must be signed by all the members, adviser(s) and endorsed by the authorized representative of the school.

Letters shall be emailed to [email protected] with the name of the school on the subject field..

Letters must be emailed not later than 23 August 2017

Criteria for Judging

Feasibility of Hack (Can it be done?)      

Operational Dynamics (Can it be done unnoticed?)

Ease of Covering Evidence (Can you cover your tracks?)

Innovativeness (Has this never been done before?)

Clarity of Presentation








The Grand Winner will get
P25,000 cash!