For Immediate Release: March 6, 2018

Contact: April Forrest, 208-612-4016,

Ammon Hosts Capture the Flag Cybersecurity Competition

AMMON, IDAHO – On Saturday, April 21st, 2018 from 11am-4pm, the City of Ammon will host a Cybersecurity Competition for high school students in District 93. The event is run by MAGIC (the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory), and will be MAGIC’s 5th Capture the Flag (CTF) cybersecurity competition. The City of Ammon will be one of many satellite locations competing simultaneously throughout the country.  MAGIC’s CTF is an ethical hacking cybersecurity competition for entry-level participants. No prior experience is required, and the event is free for participants.

The City of Ammon will be partnering with the Idaho National Laboratory and the event will be co-sponsored by IRON, CyberCore, College of Eastern Idaho, Bonneville Joint School District #93 and EntryPoint Networks.

The CTF competition provides hands-on education experiences for participants to enrich their understanding and interest in technology, as well as contribute to tech workforce development. This CTF event will feature five teams of 4-5 students working their way through a series of cybersecurity puzzles set up in a “jeopardy” style format to find hidden flags to earn points.

“Ammon has recognized the ever-increasing need to close the gap in needed cybersecurity professionals, and increasing students’ interest in cybersecurity is a very important step. This event helps students along the process of cyber workforce development, and is specifically focused for entry-level participants in an effort to bring new and young individuals into the technology and cybersecurity workforce pipeline.  At the City of Ammon, we believed that Ammon’s unique fiber optic system was well-suited to be the backbone for this exciting competition, so we are happy to be the host and a sponsor,” said Ammon Mayor Sean Coletti.

MAGIC’s CTF connects communities throughout the country that have an interest in preparing our region’s workforce for future careers in technology and cybersecurity. Technology talent and high-speed broadband networks are among the two essential ingredients for innovation and growth.

Event registration opens March 19, 2018. Team participation is on a limited, first-come, first-serve basis.  To register, see MAGIC’s website,


About the City of Ammon:

The City of Ammon is located next to the Ammon Foothills in the Upper Snake River Valley of Eastern Idaho.  Ammon is one of Idaho’s fastest growing cities.  The City’s rapid growth is due to its availability of open space for affordable residential housing and the City’s hometown lifestyle, as well as its proximity to urban amenities and a bustling job market.  Ammon is also within an hour from a variety of outdoor attractions, and hosts an annual Ammon Days celebration at McCowin Park every first Saturday in August.  The City’s unique open-access, lit municipal fiber network is made available to all Ammon businesses, and began being rolled out to Ammon residents in 2016.