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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.

  • 5pm (Dec 14). Gates open. Registered participants get in and setup.
  • 6pm sharp. The CTF starts. We accomodate people on the waiting list as much as possible.
  • 2am sharp (Dec 15). The CTF ends. Prize ceremony for the top 3 teams.

We have reached our maximum capacity limit. Registration has closed. If you haven’t registered, you can nevertheless come and risk the waiting list.

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, power cord & adapters, multi plug outlets, various USB cables & chargers, SD card adapters or any of your favorite tools
  • Challenges will be accessible via wifi, so make sure your laptop supports wifi, or get a wifi dongle.
  • Your favorite software (disassemblers, development tools, hexadecimal viewers, virtual machines, kali etc).


  • 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


Platinum Sponsor

Silver Sponsor

Bronze Sponsor

  • 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 and  Learning Centre.

Recommended parkings: P4, P3, P2.

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By car :

By train :

  • Antibes is the nearest railway station. Then, you need to get to Sophia Antipolis by bus, taxis, Uber or car sharing…

By bus :

  • Get off at the bus stop “Templiers” – Access by “Route des Colles”
  • From the airport of Nice: line 230 or “230 Express” will take you to Sophia Antipolis in approximately 40 minutes for only 1.50 euros. The bus isn’t very well indicated from the airport, you might have to ask someone for directions. Basically, 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.
  • From the neighboring towns of Sophia Antipolis : Envibus
  • From Grasse and its surroundings: Sillages
  • 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.