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Capture the Flag

Ethical Hacking Cybersecurity Competition

April 21, 2018


For an idea of what to expect click here: Capture the Flag video

On April 21, 2018 the City of Ammon will be participating for the first time in a ethical hacking cybersecurity competition with the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC). The event sponsors student programming to enhance development for technology companies, particularly in the cybersecurity industry. MAGIC events are positioned as entry-level beginner events to appeal to the widest possible population of high school students. Using an innovative challenge based experiential learning approach, the goals of the events are to build a connected tech ecosystem, to give young people opportunities to acquire and demonstrate new skills, and to expose them to potential employers, with the specific outcome measures of creating internships, part-time employment, and full-time employment.

The Capture the Flag (CTF) events are based on content originally developed by the cybersecurity professionals at Johns Hopkins Applied Physics Lab and further extended and modified by MAGIC. The content consists of sets of puzzles that require using various hacking tools, coding skills, and just plain puzzle solving to find the answers, which are short strings of code called “flags”. Once located, the flags are entered into a scoreboard, which keeps a tally for all teams. The team with the most points at the end of the timed competition wins.

Registration for the event opens March 19, 2018 at noon. NO PRIOR EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!! Event open to District #93 high school students. Must have an interest in cool technology, learning new skills, or preparation for a career in technology. 4-5 members per team. All individual team members must register. The competition will be held at the City of Ammon located at 2135 S. Ammon Rd., Ammon, ID 83406. All participants must sign a media release. This CTF will be live streamed and televised on public access channels. Space is limited – teams will be filled on a first come first serve basis.

Ammon Ethical Hacking Competition Flyer

Live feed from previous Capture the Flag event