join us February 12th, 2022 for #HighSchoolHack

register your team here

HighSchoolHack is an all day computer science competition targeted at Arkansas students. The competition consists of a series of challenges/puzzles that will focus on reverse engineering, cryptography, programming, pen testing, web vulnerabilities, forensics, etc.

How does the HighSchoolHack work?

HighSchoolHack is a Jeopardy style, capture the flag competition. Challenges are grouped by category. Over the course of the competition, participant teams will work to find solutions and capture as many flags (and points) as possible before time runs out. HighSchoolHack is designed to help participants develop knowledge in computer science and cyber security.

HighSchoolHack is not the kind of event where teams focus on building a solution to one problem and walk away with finished code and a potential product. What you walk away with instead is enhanced understanding of computer science, cyber security, the power of intensive team building, and the knowledge that you just completed something epic.

How does COVID change HighSchoolHack?

Everyone will need to wear masks, maintain social distance, and monitor their symptoms. Large tables for each team will be provided which will allow students to sit more than 6 feet away from their teammates. The social distancing does reduce the overall number of participants we can host so it is very likely we will have to close registration early once we are at capacity. Parents and students will have to sign a form to acknowledge the inherent risk involved in a social activity such as this and. Participants will be required to follow the current recommended safety guidelines.

Where is HighSchoolHack?

Creativity and Innovation Complex

HighSchoolHack will be in Hot Springs, AR on the ASMSA campus.

What is the schedule of events?

8:30am - doors open, team setup, and food
9:45am - welcome
10:00am - start
noon - food
6:00pm - food
8:00pm - end
8:30pm - awards
9:30pm - doors close

Do I need to be a coder?

No. HighSchoolHack is designed to be fun for everyone from hard core developers to novice tech nerds. Puzzles are designed to help teach skills to open up other puzzles. From beginner to wizard, we have something that will test your skills.

How much does it cost?

It is free!!!

What is include?

Want to participate but don't have a team?

Email if you want to compete but can't round out a team. We will try our best to matchmake you with others in your situation.

What do I win?

Bragging rights. Accolades. Skills. Silly trophies. There might even be prizes

What should I bring?

Each team member must bring their computer of choice. You must be able to connect to our Wi-Fi to complete challenges. Extra extension cords are always appreciated. No monitors or computers will be provided.

Do I need an adult chaperone?

No. Each participant under 18 will need a release form and will be required to stay on campus during the competition. Adults are welcome to observe.

When is the last chance to register?

We will leave the registration open as long as we have slots available. You will need to register before February to make sure you get a tshirt and swag.

Where can I find the Media Release and Liability Waiver forms?

Each student will need to fill out the Media Release, COVID-19 Risk Consent, and the Liability Waiver. The sponsor will need to collect these and submit a scan of these prior to the event.