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Overview

Hack a Bit offers high school students the opportunity to learn to hack and break things in a safe ethical environment. The competition teaches bright young people how to make the world a safer place by fundamentally learning how hackers do what they do. Many competitions miss the fact that most young people don't have a background in this stuff and so Hack a Bit focuses on providing an educational track alongside the competition. If you are interested and motivated, you will be competitive!

Winners take home prize money (from a $5k pool) as well as gear, digital books, and vouchers from our sponsors. The winners (you!) also have the opportunity to be connected to industry professionals who are desperately in need of these technical capabilities.

Progression

Signup

Interested students can pre-register for the competition now!

For the competition year 2022, you must be at least 13 years of age by the first day of competition and may not be older than 18. All finalists will be verified prior to the last round. For more information on eligibility and terms of service please check out the eligibility details. While the competition staff is looking into offering entry to teams, this first year will be limited to individual participation.

Awards, Prizes & Advancement

Registration is $25 USD and ensures access to at least two rounds of competition with the possibility of advancement to finals depending on placement. Aside from the $5k USD prize pool, every competitor will receive a competition t-shirt and commemorative coin for participating. The competition sponsors are also graciously offering awesome prizes from their organizations such as hacking hardware, digital books, and even hacking lab vouchers. The top quarter of competitors will proceed to the finals round, meaning that there will be 250 seats advancing in the first year. These will be distributed based on events in the Discord server!

For more details on rules and exceptions, please read the rules.

PlacementPrize CountPrize Eligibility
1st1$1000
2nd1$500
3rd1$300
4th -> 10th7$150
11th -> 25th15$80
26th -> 50th25$50
Cash prize breakout, top 50 placements.
Round One
Round Two
Round Three

Testing

The first round of competition is open to all registrants. This round will take place in an asynchronous testing environment. Questions in this phase of competition assess students across various conceptual areas of cybersecurity to determine broad competency. Scores from this round are used in determining selection to national finals. The first round will be open for approximately a month. Competitors will have 30 minutes to complete the test.

Challenge

Following the testing round, participants will have the opportunity to play an interactive capture the flag game where they solve technical challenges in a live environment. These challenges are focused across the same categories of technical discipline, however, they are hosted live and prove actual technical knowledge via hands-on execution of categories such as forensics, networking analysis and exploitation. All competitors will have the opportunity to participate in this round of competition and it will be live for approximately three weeks.

Attack/Defense

The last round of competition will be a synchronous attack/defense event. This is a live competition where candidates are required to defend their network from peers and keep services running while attacking others to capture resources live. There will also be some capture the flag challenges. Points are awarded based on flags captured and service uptime. This live event will run for approximately two days and the winners will receive the top prizes available as well as direct interface with employers that want them NOW!

FAQ

Hack a Bit provides structured education. Security is a broad and diverse field and the program designers understand that other competitions simply do not provide realistic educational objectives. Hack a Bit is able to take a driven smart young person and help them become excellent in this domain, like no other.

Competition seating will be tentitavely limited to 1000 students in year one. In following years, program designers intend to remove this restriction.

Interest and drive. The team has seen time and time again that a driven bright person will out perform talent. Hack a Bit is designed to be effective in the education space and if you show up with a winning attitude, you will win.

Hack a Bit's first year of competition will start in the Fall of 2023. The team wants to do this right and that time table provides enough time to build an industry changing competition.

Details on registration will be published in the Spring of 2023.

No, round one is available 24 hours/day during the testing window.

There will be a registration deadline announced when registration opens in the spring.

Results will be emailed out to the registration email competitors provide.

All competitors from round one will continue to round two, scores from round one will be used for context.

Selection to finals is a substantial accomplishment. Only the top few percent of competitors will have the opportunity to participate in this round.