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Flag Runner Hackathon

Hosted by Cyber Security Works, this hackathon is for students and budding professionals in the field of cybersecurity. A 24-hour challenge set up aimed to bring students, professionals, and cybersecurity enthusiasts with various skillsets together and to encourage them to embrace their talent by participating and exploring new challenges.

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 40,000INR

Runner - cash prize 10,000INR

Exemplary performers will stand a chance to work/intern with CSW



Open registrations: July 26, 2021 

Close registrations: August 31, 2021

Round one qualifier: September 01, 2021

Final hackathon: September 03, 2021

Submission date: September 04, 2021

Results: September 05, 2021


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 on September 05, 2021

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. 

How will I receive the reward? 

The candidate who completes all the tasks within the deadline will receive the reward amount in full, either through an online transfer or a cheque. In case a candidate solves only one part of the task successfully and there is no equivalent competitor, the candidate will be awarded half of the reward amount. Irrespective of the cash award, the candidate will receive certificates from CSW. 

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
  • DateSeptember 01, 2021
  • Time8 AM IST
  • Duration24 Hours
  • OrganizerCSW