Ph0wn CTF

A Capture The Flag for Smart Devices

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Ph0wn is a Capture The Flag (CTF) dedicated to smart devices

Come and challenge yourself on IoT, embedded systems, smart phones, drones, IP web cameras, console games, smart toothbrushes and many other devices!

Due to COVID-19, we regret we have to cancel Ph0wn CTF 2020. We had first postponed it from December 2020 to January 22, 2021, but universities in France won't be re-opened yet on January 22. It is extremely difficult to organize anything in such conditions, we waste lots of effort and have decided it is better to focus on the usual, awesome, physical Ph0wn event.

Save your date for December 10, 2021!

We can tell you it will be worth it. We have already started working on new ideas, you will like them.
We thank all our early sponsors for supporting us during those difficult times: Yes We Hack, NXP, Mataru and They automatically remain sponsor for December's edition!

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What to bring, how to compete...

How to participate


Team size is limited to 5


Bring your own laptop! We also recommend you come with a smartphone, a variety of USB cables and any of your favorite hardware gear


Bring your favorite software (disassemblers, development tools, hexadecimal viewers, virtual machines, kali etc)


Challenges will be accessible via wifi. Make sure you can access wifi on your laptop.

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Steering committee

Axelle Apvrille "@cryptax" - Fortinet
Alain Forcioli - Fortinet
Dario Nisi - EURECOM
Fabien Ferrero - Université de Nice
Ludovic Apvrille - Telecom Paris
Philippe Paget - GreHack
Roman Suchwalko
Savino Dambra - EURECOM


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The event is located on the Campus SophiaTech of Sophia Antipolis, in the Learning Centre.
GPS: latitude: 43.61479, longitude: 7.07164


A8 motorway: Exit 44, Antibes, Sophia Antipolis. Follow "Sophia Antipolis" access from the roundabout at INRA, Route des Chappes. Recommend parking: P2.


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.


Stop at Antibes. Then use bus, taxis, Uber or car sharing up to Sophia Antipolis (approx 20 mins).


Get off the bus stop "Templiers" - Access by "Route des Colles".
From the neighboring towns of Sophia Antipolis : check Envibus.
From Grasse and its surroundings: check 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 share a car with other participants.