BuckeyeCTF, Autumn 2020

October 23-25, 2020
(Remote Participation Only)

Deadline: Wednesday, October 21, 11:59pm EST

Q: What is 'Capture the Flag'?

Capture the Flag (CTF) is a hacking competition in which players compete to obtain “flags” by solving security-based problems.

Q: What is the format?

Teams will compete to earn points by completing challenges from various categories. Past categories have included cryptography, reverse engineering, web exploitation, and steganography. Prizes will be awarded to each member of the 1st, 2nd, and 3rd placing teams.

Q: How big are the teams? What if I don't have a team?

Teams must have between 1 and 4 members. You definitely don't need a team to sign up. There will be a team-forming event prior to CTF weekend, and we also anticipate many teams forming at the kickoff.

Q: I've never done a CTF before, can I still participate?

Absolutely! Above all, a CTF is an opportunity to learn something new. There will be problems appropriate for all experience levels, and you can count on teammates to help you if you get stuck.

Q: I have a question not listed here

Contact info@osucyber.club with any additional questions


Thursday, October 22rd

7:00PM: Team forming event. Don't have a team? Find one! Hosted by the Women in Cybersecurity Club @ The Ohio State Unviersity (open to all genders). Zoom link provided to those who fill out the CTF sign-up form.


Friday, October 23rd

7:00PM: Kickoff begins (remote)
7:30PM: CTF officially begins

Saturday, October 24th

10:00AM: Battelle - "3D Printing and Robotics" (Tim McDonley)
12:00PM: Battelle - Panel: "Life after graduation: all your cyber security career questions answered"
4:00PM: Battelle - "What is sample prep and how is that cybersecurity?" (Jon Scholl)
6:00PM: Battelle - "Network Security" (Peter Dohm)
8:00PM: Battelle - "Automated Circuit Board Counterfeit Detection" (Anthony George)
10:00PM: Battelle - "pwning n00bs w/ AI" (Nick Darby)

Sunday, October 25th

10:00AM: Battelle - "Microscopy for Counterfit Detection" (Isabel Boona)
4:00PM - Battelle - "Counterfeit Electronics Testing" (Grace Crumine and Alex Mang)
TBA: Additional talks throughout the day
7:30PM: Flags are due, CTF ends


Tuesday, October 27nd

7:00PM: Awards ceremony and CTF problem solution presentation @ Cyber Security Club meeting


Only teams made up of entirely full-time students attending a university in the U.S. can be eligible for prizes. Cross-university teams are allowed, but cannot exceed 4 students. Collaboration between teams will not be permitted.

1st Place: $100 Amazon Gift Card (each team member)

2nd Place: $75 Amazon Gift Card (each team member)

3rd Place: $50 Amazon Gift Card (each team member)

Additional prizes are available for teams made up of entirely Ohio State University students:

Next highest OSU team (4th place or below): $50 Amazon Gift Card (each team member)

Next highest OSU team (5th place or below): $25 Amazon Gift Card (each team member)

Our Sponsors

Battelle Ohio State Institute for Cybersecurity and Digital Trust Amazon Web Services

Contact info@osucyber.club for sponsorship information.