What is picoCTF?
picoCTF is a free computer security game targeted at middle and high school students, created by security experts at Carnegie Mellon University. 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.
The 2019 competition was held between September 27, 2019 and October 11, 2019. Though the competition has ended this year, anyone 13 and older can play picoCTF 2019 or picoCTF 2018 year-round for fun and learning.
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1st place: $6,000 + paid trip to CMU! 2nd place: $3,500 + paid trip to CMU! 3rd place: $2,500 + paid trip to CMU! 4th place: $1000 5th place: $1000
picoCTF would like to thank our sponsors for providing funds for development and the prizes.
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 our team will respond as soon as possible.
Educators can contact us at email@example.com. Members of the press can contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org. Potential sponsors can contact us at email@example.com. All others please email 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!