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?
PicoCTF would like to thank our sponsors for providing funds for development and the following prizes
- 1st place: $5,000
+ paid trip to Carnegie Mellon University for the top team!
- 2nd place: $2,500
- 3rd place: $1,500
- 4th place: $500
- 5th place: $500
- 6th-10th place: $250
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.
Members of the press can contact us at email@example.com.
Potential sponsors can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Find a security bug in the picoCTF framework that lets you get a flag for one of the challenges after the tutorial without solving it? Email us at email@example.com. You may get a bug bounty!
All others please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
picoCTF is hosted by cybersecurity experts from the Plaid Parliament of Pwning in Carnegie Mellon University’s Security and Privacy Institute, CyLab.
Problem Development Lead
Corwin de Boor