CSAW’15 – High School Forensics Challenge


Finalist Announcement!

Congratulations to UAE Finalist Teams!

Bletchley Park from GEMS Academy in Abu Dhabi and LIGHT from Delhi Private School in Dubai were our top finalists.  The two teams receive dan expense-paid trip to New York City and competed in the 2015 CSAW @ NYU HSF competition in November of 2015.

We thank all the students and their mentor teachers for participating in the High School Forensics challenge. This year’s HSF competition has been one of the largest high school cyber security events in the world!  We had over 35 teams from all across the UAE register for HSF’15.  We hope everyone had fun and found the challenge to be a worthwhile learning activity.

UAE Finalist Teams

Team #1: Bletchley Park
School: GEMS Academy, Abu Dhabi
Mentor Teacher: Donald Caldwell
Students: Magnus Christensen, Egil Alexander Thomas Karlsen and Joe Baxter

Team #2: LIGHT
School: Delhi Private School , Dubai
Mentor Teacher : Ms. Shabnam Pawaney
Students: Shobhit Narayanan, Vinamr Madan and Shubham Sharma


What is the High School Forensics Challenge?

In conjunction with CRISSP-AD, the High School Forensics Challenge is open to high school student teams in the UAE.

At HSF, students work in teams of one to three (plus a mentor) to identify and analyze electronic evidence related to a crime. In the prelims, they choose from categories including network analysis, mobile forensics, live system forensics, steganography, file carving, and more, answering questions to earn points. The teams with the most points are flown to NYC to compete on­-site in the finals, where the CSAW Murder Mystery waits to be solved.

What is CSAW?

Important Dates (2015)
  • Mid September: NYU Abu Dhabi Information Session
  • September 23th (7pm ET): Info Webinar
  • September 25th: Prelims open
  • October 9th: Prelims close
  • October 12th: Finalists announced
  • Nov 12th–14th: Finalists compete on-site at CSAW