ESC is an educational, research-oriented tournament aimed at hacking into the hardware of embedded systems. First run in 2008, it is the oldest hardware security competition in the world. 2022 represents ESC's 15 year anniversary.

Past ESC competitions have focused on data exfiltration attacks against IoT devices, hacking the firmware of a RISC-V wifi access point and executing side channel/fault injection attacks using a popular ChipWhisperer board.

This year's ESC focuses on machine learning-based attacks in both edge and cloud computing. Machine learning cloud services are used by millions of users every day, and special care needs to be taken to ensure trained models are protected from malicious users. This year, teams will investigate a range of attacks (such as model leakage) on the machine learning models hosted on a cloud server using a remote Raspberry Pi virtual device.

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Raspberry Pi 4

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CSAW'19 Europe ESC 1st Place Team

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CSAW'19 US-CAN ESC 1st Place Team Shellphish, UC Santa Barbara

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Raspberry Pi 4

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competition timeline

22 August 2022
30 September 2022
30 September 2022
9-12 November 2022
Qualification Round Start
Registration Deadline 
Qualification Report Submission Deadline
Finalist Notification
First Challenge Set Released
Final Challenge Deliverables Deadline
In-Person Demos & Presentations in NYC - US & Valence - France
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Our sincere thanks to the panel of judges who lend their support and expertise

in the assessment of finalist teams' research.


competition organizers

The competition is organized under the supervision of Assistant Professor Nektarios Tsoutsos and the global challenge leads at the University of Delaware. 

Email the Global Leads

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2021 winners

Congratulations to our winning teams! 


2021 finalists

Congratulations to our 2021 Finalists
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