Georgia Tech Once Again Calling all Hungry Hackers

Published: July 18, 2011

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Students will once again be given the chance to show off their hacking prowess in a competition designed to demonstrate the importance of network security. 

The Georgia Tech Information Security Center (GTISC), the Georgia Tech Association for Computing Machinery (GT ACM) and Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Cyber Technology and Information Security Lab (CTISL)  host the second cyber security competition, Hungry, Hungry Hackers (H3).

Open to all college students, the competition will be held at the GTRI Conference Center August 27, 2011, from 10 a.m. to midnight. In addition to the competition, a tutorial session will be provided for “n00bs” and those wanting to learn basic skills at 8 a.m.

“Particularly for students interested in information security, hacking contests like this are an important way for them to hone their skills and make connections with professionals working in the field,” said Cedric Stallworth, Georgia Tech College of Computing Assistant Dean for Outreach, Enrollment & Community. “And they’re a whole lot of fun. We encourage our students to participate because it will help them develop their programming skills while building both professional and personal relationships that will last far beyond the competition itself.”

While last year’s competition was open solely to Georgia Tech students, event coordinators are excited that this year’s event is open to all college students. College of Computing graduate research assistant Shauvik Choudhary took home the top prize, while Computer Engineering undergraduate student Ben Blount and Computer Science graduate research assistant Yeong Jin Jang won second and third place, respectively.

“H3 is more than just a competition,” said Blount, now a research engineer with GTRI’s Cyber Lab, “I was able to meet so many like-minded students and faculty, and now I’ve been incredibly blessed to have the opportunity to work with the great folks at GTRI full time. I highly recommend H3 to anyone who wants to improve their skills and meet others with similar interests. I’m really enjoying being able to give back by helping organize this year’s event.”

H3 begins at 10 a.m. and continues until 10 p.m., with breaks for lunch and dinner.  Winners will be announced and prizes awarded from 10 p.m. to midnight. A $5 registration fee is required for all participants, and registration is available on the event Website.  Online registration will ensure attendees a space at the event, while those registering the morning of the event will be assigned space on a first-come, first-served basis. Participants are required to show their student IDs at registration to participate.


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