Information for Hosting Locations

Interested in Hosting a Capture the flag?

The Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory (MAGIC) sponsors student programming to enhance workforce development for technology companies, particularly in the cybersecurity industry.  MAGIC events are positioned as entry-level beginner events to appeal to the widest possible population of high school and first year college students. Using an innovative challenge based, experiential learning approach, the goals of the events are to build a connected tech ecosystem, to give young people opportunities to acquire and demonstrate new skills, and to expose them to potential employers, with the specific outcome measures of creating internships, part-time employment, and full-time employment.

MAGIC simultaneously holds events in multiple satellite locations using a cloud-based software platform.  This format enables an enlarged pool of competitors, increased reach of exposure to potential employers and expands promotional potential for sponsoring organizations.

If you are a new group or organization looking to promote technology in your community then partner with MAGIC to meet your goal.  If you have hosted a CTF in the past, Welcome back.


Location Licensing and Sign-up

Location Licensing Fee Info

Satellite locations pay a one-time licensing fee per event and location, depending on number of teams.

$500 per physical location:

  • MAGIC t-shirt provided for each student
  • Up to 5 teams (20 students max.)
  • Teams appear on MAGIC’s CTF main event scoreboard
  • Prizes provided by MAGIC

$1000 per physical location:

  • MAGIC t-shirt provided for each student
  • up to 10 teams (40 students max.)
  • Teams appear on MAGIC’s CTF main event scoreboard
  • Prizes provided by MAGIC

Library systems please contact Amy Rupp @  for special pricing terms.

Location Sign-up

Host Location Documentation

Administrative Documents

Capture the Flag Competition documents and forms

CTF Location Checklist – Complete Event administrative checklist

Additional forms and resources:

Coaches Contact Form

CTF Teams setup instructions

Press Release sample

Principles of Ethical Hacking Form

Media Release Form

Walk-in Registration Form

Coaches Resources

CTF coaches are a big part of the Capture the Flag competition.  They are the front line resource for aspiring cyber security people.  The following resources are available to our CTF coaches to get you started on a path of paying forward.  Without the support of these industry professional, CTF would not be possible.

Check out our  Coaches Page for videos that walk through the various puzzles that the participants would be faced with during the competition. The page requires a password so please contact MAGIC for access.

Team Instructions – Coaches

Kali Linux Documentation

Kali Linux testing tools

Slack Messaging

The Primary Point of Contact, the Main Technical Lead, Coaches, and Person on Video (optional) will need access to Slack for communicating with the Main Arena. All locations are required to become proficient using Slack (a real time messaging and document exchange web service) to communicate in preparation for and during the competition.

Your team will be added to MAGIC’s CTF Slack channels within 2 business days of receiving your Location Sign-up Form. Slack will be used to communicate leading up to the event and during the competition. This will be your primary way to communicate with us on the day of the event. You will want to have at least one person available to monitor Slack throughout the event as this is where we will make announcements if there are technical issues.

Media Submission

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