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red team competition


The Red Team Competition is designed for high-school students and occurs over two rounds, with an online Qualifying Round in September and in-person Final round in November. 

The Qualification Round runs as a jeopardy-style CTF. Challenges are designed to encourage learning and skill-building in the areas of reversing, web security, forensics, crypto, and pwning.


The format for RED Finals in November is still being explored. Typically, teams compete in-person and are tasked with investigating and unraveling a conspiracy using techniques from the Qualification Round, as well as their own sleuthing skills.  With the need for events to be held virtually this year, RED Finals is being modified to fit this new format. 

competition timeline

Online Qualifying Round:

18 September 2020, 20:00 UTC -

27 September 2020, 20:00 UTC

Finalist Notification:

by 2 October 2020

Final Virtual Competition & Conference:

5 - 7 November 2020*

Award Ceremony:

8 November 2020

* We anticipate that RED Finals will run on Saturday, 7 November 2020

participating regions



US-Canada (US only)

 rules & eligibility 

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competition organizers, challenge writers & judges

The Red Team Competition is developed and managed by the NYU OSIRIS Lab in collaboration with Global partners. Challenges are written by members of the Lab, alumni, industry friends, and partners. 

Email the RED Global Leads

2019 initial evidence & challenge map

2020 finalists & winners