Hungry Hungry Hackers Welcomed 19 Teams in Campus Challenge

Published: May 4, 2012

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The Georgia Tech Research Institute’s (GTRI) Hungry Hungry Hackers (H3) welcomed nearly 20 teams for the H3 Campus Challenge (H3C2), a weeklong, “find the flags” event.

Similar to an annual H3 individual hacking event, this hacking challenge eschewed the usual single hacker focus and concentrated instead on success through teamwork.

From April 1 to April 7, 2012, 92 students in 19 teams worked to find 10 wireless access points set up as flags that had been placed around campus. The first three teams to find all 10 flags split cash prizes. First-place teammates received $1,000, while second and third won $500 and $250, respectively. According to H3 coordinator Marcia Bartlow, students could spend the money at NewEgg, Amazon and ThinkGeek, or they could have the funds transferred to their student accounts.

“It was interesting to see the different techniques people used to find the APs,” said Bartlow. “Flag no. four, located on the roof of the Clough Undergraduate Research Commons, was the most difficult, followed by flag no. 10, which was located on the Centergy Building.”

In all, nine teams found all 10, while three teams found nine flags. Other locations included the Skiles Building, the College of Computing, the French Building (near the Tech Tower), and the Klaus Advanced Computing Building.

“H3C2 takes a similar thought process to H3, but is presented in a form that allows non-technical students to remain competitive,” said David Zurn, principal research engineer with GTRI’s Electronic Systems Laboratory (ELSYS). “The event required students to use strategy, logic, and determination like in H3, but put the potential for victory in the hands of any student with a fully-charged laptop and the persistence to win.”