What is picoCTF?

picoCTF is a free computer security game targeted at middle and high school students. The game consists of a series of challenges centered around a unique storyline where participants must reverse engineer, break, hack, decrypt, or do whatever it takes to solve the challenge. The challenges are all set up with the intent of being hacked, making it an excellent, legal way to get hands-on experience.

The 2018 competition was held between September 28, 2018 and October 12, 2018. Winners will be determined soon, pending verification of eligibility per the competition rules. Please wait for our announcement.

Though the competition has ended for 2018, anyone 13 and older can play year-round for fun or learning.

If you are a teacher or employer, help us spread the word about picoCTF to more people.


Competition Prizes

1st place: $5,000 + paid trip to CMU for the top team!
2nd place: $2,500
3rd place: $1,500
4th place: $500
5th place: $500
6th-10th place: $250

picoCTF would like to thank our sponsors for providing funds for development and the prizes.

We want to hear from you

If you have any questions or comments about picoCTF (or just want to get in touch) please do not hesitate to contact us. A member of PPP will respond as soon as possible.

Educators can contact us at educator@picoctf.com.
Members of the press can contact us at press@picoctf.com.
Potential sponsors can contact us at sponsor@picoctf.com.
All others please email other@picoctf.com.

Find a security bug in the picoCTF framework that lets you get a flag for one of the challenges after the tutorial without solving it? Email us at other@picoctf.com. You may get a bug bounty!

Who we are

Doug Sicker CyLab Director / Faculty Advisor
David Brumley Faculty Advisor
Megan Kearns Project Manager
Maverick Woo Technical Director
Ivan Liang Programmer
Martin Carlisle Education Director
Sanjay Chandrasekaran Research Assistant
Kentrell Owens Research Assistant
Mike Annichiarico Technical Advisor
Alex Fulton Problem Development Lead
Rachel Eaton Problem Developer
Sam Dlinn Problem Developer
Michael F. Problem Developer
Carolina Zarate Problem Developer
Julio De La Cruz Natera Problem Developer
Jay Bosamiya Problem Developer
Kevin Cooper Problem Developer
Rintaro Fujita Problem Developer
Everett Montano Problem Developer
Chris Hensler Problem Developer
Austin McWhirter Problem Developer
Daniel Tunitis Problem Developer
Bill Parks Problem Developer
Corwin de Boor Problem Developer
Zach Wade Problem Developer
John Davis Problem Developer
Sam Damashek Problem Developer
Matt Savage Problem Developer
Carson Sestili Problem Developer
Val Choung Problem Developer
Peilin Li Producer
Rajat Gupta Designer
Guangya Niu Artist
Himanshu Telkikar Programmer
Yu (Lotus) Li Programmer
Ramya Sriraman Programmer
Daniel Tkacik Communications Lead
Alaina Duty Social Media
Michael Lisanti Sponsorship Lead