Capture the Flag

Finalists Announcement!

Congratulations to all of the teams that competed globally in this exciting competition!  You may find the list of UAE Finalists below and for all the top players please click here.

MENA Finalists
  1. BlackHats, Masdar Institute of Science and Technology, UAE
  2. DC21321, Bordj Bou Arreridj University, Saad Dahleb University, and ETM Ibn Rochd, Algeria
  3. DCUA2, Mundiapolis University, Morocco
  4. Mradmin, école nationale supérieure d’informatique et d’analyse des systèmes (ENSIAS), Morocco
  5. pwnium, Academic Institution National Institute of Applied Science and Technology, Polytechnic School/ Eurecom, and Higher School of Communication (SUPCOM), Tunisia
  6. The3Jackers, École Supérieure en Informatique de Sidi Bel Abbes (ESI SBA), Université Mouloud Mammeri de Tizi Ouzou (UMMTO), and Lycée Diar El Bahri, Algeria

For questions regarding the Final Round hosted at NYU Abu Dhabi, please contact Team Lead, Claude Fachkha.

Every year, this is the competition to draw the biggest turnout at CSAW.
Students tackle problems in a series of real-world scenarios modeling all sorts of computer security problems where, to succeed, they 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 and graduate finalists compete on-site in Abu Dhabi for cash prizes, where their performance is judged by a panel of technical experts.



    • Registration opens July 1 ( OPEN NOW)
    • Prelims open September 16
    • Prelims close September 18
    • Finalists announced by October 3 October 5

      • Please note: winning teams are currently being reviewed and we will be announcing updates within the next two weeks
    • Finals onsite at CSAW November 10-12
    • FAQ can be found here


5,000 AED grant award per team

Acceptance into the Post Practical Training Program (PPTP), an undergraduate training program to take place in Summer 2017 with the Center for Cyber Security in Abu Dhabi.  All expenses to be paid for by CCS-AD.

2,500 AED grant award per team

1,250 AED grant award per team

An all expense paid trip to the finals hosted in Abu Dhabi in November 2016

Admittance to the Industry Fair and keynote speaker talk

Automatic eligibility in the Quiz competition