picoCTF is a computer security game targeted at middle and high school students. The game consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience.
This year’s competition features a brand new adventure. When your friend disappears unexpectedly, you must learn and use computer security skills to uncover and decipher critical evidence behind their whereabouts. Can you find your friend before it’s too late?
Thanks to the support of our sponsors, we have over $30,000 in prizes this year.
RULES & RESTRICTIONS
Only middle or high school students in the United States are eligible for prizes.
Winners may be asked to produce written solutions for several challenges before receiving prizes. Winners will need an advisor or faculty member at their school to serve as a point of contact. For all prizes we reserve the right to verify the identity and eligibility of contestants.
Outside of the eligibility rules, picoCTF has a few guidelines. While there are no limitations on the resources or tools that you can use, only students may solve challenges. Advisors or others may help facilitate work, such as by helping set up tools or providing resources, but may not provide direct assistance on any problems.
Additionally, competitors may not interfere with the progress of other competitors, nor with the operation of the competition’s infrastructure. More specifically, attacking the scoring server, other competitors, or machines not explicitly designated as targets is cheating. This includes both breaking into such machines, and denying others access to them or the ability to solve problems (for example, by altering a key or ping-flooding). Sharing keys or providing overly-revealing hints with other competitors is cheating, as is being directly assisted by other personnel (using tools from the internet is okay; asking people on the internet to help you solve the problem is not). We encourage you to solve problems in novel and creative ways using all available resources, but we do require that you solve them yourselves.
Breaking any of these rules will result in disqualification and notification of the affiliated school.
WE WANT TO HEAR FROM YOU!
If you have any questions or comments about picoCTF (or just want to get in touch) please do not hesitate to contact us. A member of PPP will respond as soon as possible.
Educators can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.