embedded security challenge

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. 2020 represents ESC's 13 year anniversary. 


Past ESC competitions have focused on the security of radio frequency identification (RFID) readers and data exfiltration attacks against IoT devices. 

competition timeline

Competition details published & registration opens:

mid-August 2020

Registration deadline:

TBD September 2020

Finalist Notification:

by 7 October 2020 

Virtual Final Presentations & Demos:

5 - 7 November 2020


Presentation details to be released at the point of Finalist notification. 

participating regions

competition organizers & judges

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

2019 winners & finalists 


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