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OWASP University Challenge

OWASP University Challenge is...


The OWASP University Challenge is a two day attack and defend event during the AppSec conferences training days! University / Student teams can compete solving hack challenges and defending insecure applications.


As first time organized at the OWASP AppSec-US 2011 in Minneapolis, this project is to enable "attack & defend" challenges.

First, at OWASP AppSec conferences, later also to enable this outside AppSec conferences


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What is the OWASP University Challenge?

OWASP University Challenge provides:

The AppSec conference should take care of:

  • Venue / rooms during the conference training days
  • Feed the students
  • Local pr / announcements at local Universities


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Ivan Buetler

Mateo Martinez

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Conference Organisation:

  • Announcement
  • event room
    • internet connection required
  • outreach to the local Universities
  • sponsor for winner prizes
  • winner announcement during the main track / (before) end of the conference


During the two training days

  • challenges will be organized together with Hacking-Lab
  • Hardware (challenge server) come from Hacking-Lab
  • Hardware (wilreless routers) come form the Education Committee


Travel and lodging has to be organized and covered by the student teams themselves The Conference should feed the students, only expense for the conference


We could need the conference orga-team to help finding sponsors for the prices.

Previous events:

  • AppSec-EU 2013 Hamburg
  • AppSec-US 2013 New York
  • AppSec-US 2011 Minneapolis
  • AppSec-EU 2012 Athens
  • AppSec-US 2012 Austin

Ticket winning" pre-conference challenges:

-> option for conference to offer free tickets via solving Hacking-Lab challenges -> qualifying for UC? -> Team qualifying

   Q1: When typically has the event run at AppSec, during the training days or during conference proper?
   A1: The UC is normally hosted during the training days


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what is this project?
Name: OWASP University Challenge (home page)
Purpose: As first time organized at the OWASP AppSec-US 2011 in Minneapolis, this project is to enable "attack & defend" challenges.

First, at OWASP AppSec conferences, later also to enable this outside AppSec conferences.

License: Creative Commons Attribution ShareAlike 3.0 License
who is working on this project?
Project Leader(s):
  • Ivan Buetler @
  • Mateo Martinez @
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