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Ph0wn is a Capture The Flag (CTF) dedicated to smart devices (IoT, embedded systems, smart phones…). Come and challenge yourself on drones, IP web cameras,  console games,  smart toothbrushes and many other devices!

Ph0wn is a jeopardy-style local CTF. Free entrance.

Ph0wn 2018 will be held on Friday, December 14th 2018 in Campus SophiaTech. The CTF starts at 6pm (December 14). It ends at 2:00 am (December 15).

Registration is Open!


How to participate

You may compete individually or in a team. The day of the competition, you will get access to several challenges. Each time you solve a challenge, you mark a given number of points. At the end of the challenge, the highest score wins!

Note this is a local CTF: challenges are not available remotely.


  • Team size is limited to 5 please.

What you should bring

  • Your laptop with at least 10 GB free, power cord & adapters, multi plug outlets.
  • Challenges will be accessible via wifi, so make sure your laptop supports wifi, or get a wifi dongle.
  • Various USB cables  (type A, B and C), SD card adapters or any other equipment you like to use (e.g multimeter, RF, bluetooth, your own soldering station, Ubertooth, femtocell…)
  • Recommended software:  in addition to the usual CTF tools (e.g disassemblers), we recommend Docker, VirtualBox, Android emulator & disassembler, mbed, Arduino IDE, .


  • It’s a competition, but we ask that you remain fair play.  For instance, it is forbidden to prevent other teams from scoring.
  • Your target is challenges. That’s all. No DoS/automated scans/large amounts of traffic/deleting stuff on our servers, and of course, no attack on external servers.



Steering committee

    • Axelle Apvrille – Fortinet
    • Alain Forcioli – Fortinet
    • Fabien Ferrero – Université de Nice
    • Ludovic Apvrille – Telecom ParisTech
    • Marius Münch – Eurecom
    • Yanick Fratantonio – Eurecom
    • Philippe Paget – GreHack


    Our sponsors are Fortinet and Hardwear.io. Many thanks to them!

    Would you would like to sponsor this CTF? The event is open to other sponsors. Contact us!

    Partners / Friend events

    Several actors highly contribute to the event:  GreHack, BlackAlps, JM2L, WHAT



The CTF is located at Campus SophiaTech, in Sophia Antipolis, France. Precisely, in the campus, the event will be located in Espace Entreprises, (same building as Learning Centre).

Recommended parking: P3.

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Please find all explanations and directions to get to the campus here.

A few additional notes:

  • Bus 230 Airport – Sophia Antipolis: please note that you need to take the bus outside of the airport (the signs are not always very visible, you might have to ask someone for direction). You have to cross “Promenade des Anglais” to get to the bus stop. This bus does not run on week-ends. Ask to stop in Sophia Antipolis at Templiers.
  • Uber is available in our region. The ride from the airport will approximately cost 40 euros.
  • At 2am (end of the CTF), there are no longer any buses on Sophia Antipolis. You will need to call a taxi or Uber, or register here to share a car with other participants.


The following hotels are relatively close to the campus. Note we do not have any particular rate or arrangement with any hotel.

  • B&B Hotel Antibes Sophia Antipolis, 3550 Route des Dolines, 06410 Biot Sophia Antipolis, France
  • Nemea Appart Hotel, 45 Rue Henri Poincaré, 06410 Biot Sophia Antipolis, France.
  • Hotel Mercure, rue Albert Caquot, 06560 Valbonne Sophia Antipolis, France.