Maryland Cybersecurity Center, AT&T, Cyberpoint, SuprTEK, and Trail of Bits present Build it Break it Fix it, a new security-oriented programming contest.
The Build it Break it Fix it contest will be used for the Coursera capstone. Find out more information about the capstone here!
The Build it Break it Fix it security contest aims to teach students to write more secure programs. The contest evaluates participants' abilities to develop secure and efficient programs. The contest is broken up into three rounds that take place over consecutive weekends. During the Build It round, builders write software that implements the system prescribed by the contest. In the Break It round, breakers find as many flaws as possible in the Build It implementations submitted by other teams. During the Fix It round, builders attempt to fix any problems in their Build It submissions that were identified by other breaker teams. The next iteration of the contest will take place in Spring 2015.
Thanks to our sponsors for providing prizes for contestants! Prizes are awarded to teams with the top builder and breaker scores. Prizes for the Fall 2014 contest were $4000 for each first place team and $2500 for each second place team. Prizes must be shared between team members.
Contest participants have two independent scores, a builder score and a breaker score. These scores are separate, so teams are welcome to compete towards both or either. Detailed scoring information can be found here. Eligible participants must be undergraduate or graduate students enrolled at an accredited university in the United States. The contest takes place online so participants can compete anywhere with internet access. Click here to view the latest announcements for the contest. Check out Michael Hicks' blog post or these slides about some of the motivation for this contest. Funding for the contest infrastructure provided by the National Science Foundation. More details about the contest can be found here.
Fall 2014 Winners
The Fall 2014 contest has ended! Congratulations to the winners! Team meh took first place as a builder. The second place builder team was Error309. The first place breaker team was SSRG_VT. Team woopwoop won second place as a breaker. Check out the scoreboard for final scores. This blog post provides a more detailed recap of the contest.
First place builders, team meh.
Second place builders, team Error309.
First place breakers, team SSRG_VT.
Second place breakers, team woopwoop.