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Flag Runner Hackathon - Chapter 3

The need for cyber security has become paramount with the exponential rise of cyber and ransomware attacks. As a result there are approximately 464,000 open security jobs in the US (Cyber Seek). This Hackathon is your chance to dive into the security industry!

Hackathon Format

Round one - qualifier 

1 boot-to-root task with 2 scenarios

1 coding task. Participating aspirants should know to code using Python

Final Hackathon 

Boot-to-root tasks in CTF format. 

1 coding task.

Reward system: 

Winner - cash prize $1000 (Amazon gift card)

Runner - cash prize $500 (Amazon gift card)

General Instructions

  • Every participant is expected to send a report to the task mentors/jury upon completion of the task
  • Internal sharing of the flags among teams is strictly prohibited
  • Candidates will be graded for their tasks only after they like and follow CSW on all social media platforms (Linkedin Facebook Twitter Instagram)
  • The candidates shall discuss the tasks with the mentors only through the appropriate channels assigned in Discord and shall not attempt to establish any other external channel of communication
  • Task mentors/jury’s decision will be final.


Who can participate in this hackathon?

Final year engineering students who are ready to appear for placements. Any student pursuing MCA/BCA, computer science and engineering, professional, security enthusiasts, etc enrolled in an undergraduate, or graduate program can participate. Good news? There is no prior experience necessary. 

How does this work?​

The candidate registers for the event and takes part in the qualifier round. The final hackathon will be a 24-hour challenge set up, the winner of which will be announced two days after the final event. 

Do I need a team?

No, individuals can participate in the tasks. 

How do I register? 

To participate you will need to fill out the registration form with all necessary details. Once you register, you will receive a confirmation email from CSW. 

Should I pay to register? 

No. There is no registration fee for the event.

What are the steps ahead? 

All registering candidates will take up the qualifier round as set by CSW. We will shortlist the candidates that will make it to the final round. 

What is the procedure to get recruited by CSW? 

Winners and runners of the hackathon will automatically stand a chance to intern with CSW. They will appear for interview rounds with the CSW panel and be absorbed based on performance. Due to the pandemic, all the rounds of interviews will either be telephonic or be conducted over a Zoom call. 

  • Event TypeHackathon
  • TitleFlag Runner Hackathon - Chapter 3
  • DateFirst round - November 09, 2021 | Second round - November 11, 2021
  • DurationFirst round - 24HRS | Second round - 24HRS
  • OrganizerCSW