MetaCTF@UVA: Our Annual Event

This year, we're holding our annual CTF event at the University of Virginia on Saturday, October 20th. It will be a competition that challenges and encourages participants to learn new techniques and concepts related to cybersecurity, from technical skills such as reconnaissance, cryptography, binary and web exploitation, reverse engineering, and forensics to legal and business skills such as risk management and incident response.

This CTF is meant to be an opportunity to learn more about cybersecurity and practice hacking in a safe and legal environment, so no experience is expected or required!

This CTF will be open to high school, undergraduate, and graduate students from any school (with a maximum of 1 grad student per team). Participants will compete in teams of four--if you don't have a team, we will match participants into teams at the competition. Registration is free and includes breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt!

This event will be held at the UVA Darden School. There will be free parking, and UVA transit has a Northline bus stop right outside.

The CTF will run from 9am to 5:30pm with breaks for lunch and a keynote. Check-in will start at 8.

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High school, undergrad, and grad students

 Teams of 4

  Saturday, October 20th

  UVA Darden School
100 Darden Blvd
Charlottesville, VA 22903

  Free registration!

  Free breakfast, lunch, and a t-shirt

 Cool prizes

Keynote speaker from the NSA

  Network with industry professionals

  Bring your laptop, charger, teammates, and google skills!

  Questions? Email


What is a CTF?

A CTF (capture-the-flag) event is a cybersecurity competition that involves a variety of different computer skills. MetaCTF will test your security skills and googling abilities with problems from reconnaissance to web exploitation to cryptography.

What is a flag?

Answers to problems are called "flags." The goal of each CTF problem is to find the flag, and flags are obtained by cracking the cipher, pwning the application, or otherwise solving the challenge. Finding the flag is akin to getting a balloon in a programming competition.

What about prizes?

We aren't announcing this year's prizes yet, but in the past we've given away Steam Links, Raspberry Pis, battery packs, wireless keyboards, and more!

Don't have a team? We can help.

Even if you don't have a team, you can definitely still come to the competition. We will pair you up with other participants at the event to form a super awesome team.

Help! I don't know any cybersecurity stuff.

No experience is required! In fact, you'll probably even learn more than your peers. We will provide plenty of hints and assistance throughout the competition. Also, all the problems are designed to teach you how to do them.

How can I practice?

Take a look at our page of practice problems, or visit for more problems!

Can I compete remotely?

Sorry, participants must be on-site to compete.

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