Capture The Flag ’17

Capture the Flag

Welcome to Capture the Flag (CTF). Every year, this is the competition to draw the biggest turnout at CSAW.

Students tackle problems in a series of real-world scenarios modeling various computer security problems. To succeed, teams must demonstrate a profound understanding of the roles and ramifications of cyber security in these situations.

Because the challenges are designed to teach, CTF requires contestants to integrate concepts, develop skills and learn to hack as they go. Undergraduate finalists compete on-site for cash prizes, where their performance is judged by a panel of technical experts.


July 1, 2017 (TBC)
Registrations Open

September 15, 2017
Prelims open

September 17, 2017
Prelims close

September 25, 2017 September 27, 2017
Finalists announced

November 9-11, 2017
Finals onsite at CSAW


1st Place

5,000 AED grant award per team.

Acceptance into the Post Practical Training Program (PPTP),
an undergraduate training program to take place in Summer 2018 with the Center for Cyber Security in Abu Dhabi. All expenses to be paid for by CCS-AD.

2nd Place

2,500 AED grant award per team

3rd Place

1,250 AED grant award per team


Automatic eligibility in the Quiz competition

Admittance to the Industry Fair and keynote speaker talk

An all expense paid trip to the finals hosted in Abu Dhabi in November 2017

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