Build it Break it Fix it

The Build it Break it Fix it security contest is a new security-oriented programming contest held by the Maryland Cybersecurity Center.

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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. During the fix it round, builders attempt to fix any problems found by breaker teams.


Thanks to our sponsors for providing prizes for contestants! Prizes are awarded to teams with the top buider or breaker scores. Prizes vary between each run of the contest, but can range from technical books to thousands of dollars. Prizes must be shared between team members.

Contest Details

Contest participants have two independent scores, a builder score and a breaker score. Detailed scoring information can be found here. Eligible participants are current undergraduate and graduate students at an accredited university in the United States. The contest is completely online so participants can compete anywhere they have internet access. Click here to see the latest iteration of the contest. Sign up!