Announcing DEF CON CTF 2016 Qualifying Contests

We are pleased to announce the qualifying events for DEF CON CTF 2016! We've spent a great deal of time reviewing a record number of proposals, and had to make some very difficult choices. We'd like to thank everyone in the CTF community who took the time to send us proposals: even if we weren't able to accept your proposal, your contest is important to us and the larger CTF community.

Without further ado, the qualifying contests, in order of start date:

Event Start Date End Date Link Notes
DEF CON CTF 2015 May 16, 2015 August 9, 2015 Qualified DEFKOR
HITCON CTF October 17, 2015 December 6, 2015 Qualified Cykorkinesis
RuCTFE November 21, 2015 November 21, 2015 Qualified StratumAuhuur
SECCON CTF December 5, 2015 January 31, 2016 Online Jeopardy quals, finals on-site in 2016
32C3 CTF December 27, 2015 December 29, 2015 Online Jeopardy style
Boston Key Party March 4, 2016 March 6, 2016 Online Jeopardy style
0ctf March 12, 2016 April 24, 2016 Online Jeopardy quals, finals on-site in 2016
PlaidCTF April 15, 2016 April 17, 2016 Online Jeopardy style
DEF CON CTF 2016 Qualifiers TBA TBA Online Jeopardy style, qualifying multiple teams
DARPA Cyber Grand Challenge August 4, 2016 August 4, 2016 All-machine competition!!! On-site in Las Vegas

Want to qualify for DEF CON CTF?

The only way to qualify is through competition! Most qualifying teams compete in every contest they can, including CTF events that aren't prequalifiers, to learn the flow of the game and the experience of solving challenges.

Qualified Teams:

We will be in contact with you soon!

Updated Feb. 3, 2016

Adjusted the date for 0ctf to March 12, 2016.