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Cybersecurity Competitions at the University of Connecticut

October 19, 2019

George Hosted by the Connecticut Cybersecurity Center, CyberSEED brings together dozens of universities and colleges to compete in unique cybersecurity challenges for awesome prizes.



George George Smirnoff is Security Chief Information Officer for Synchrony and runs the Information Security group.


The Capture the Flag Competition will touch on a variety of cybersecurity challenges including a set of flags focusing on reverse engineering, web application security, network traffic analysis, cryptography, amongst others. The competition will require breadth of skills including some basic scripted programming capabilities as well as a facility with network monitoring and forensics tools.

Student Requirements:

Students should be prepared with laptops. The ability to execute code in a Linux environment (physical or virtual) will be helpful but not required.


Prizes The prizes break down as follows:

  • First place: $15,000
  • Second place: $2,000
  • Third place: $500


  • Competitors must register as a team.
  • Team Size - Minimum: 2 Maximum: 4
  • Completion of the CyberSEED Liability Waiver is required to participate in the competition. Please email completed forms to
  • Registration in the University of Connecticut HuskyBuy Supplier Portal is required to receive payment of competition awards and travel awards.
  • Competition awards will be paid to each individual team member. Requests for other payment options must be made in writing by the faculty advisor to Requests from team members will not be accepted.
  • Each team that is accepted into the competition will be granted a travel award to help cover travel expenses. The award is a fixed amount dependent on the location of the team. For teams in CT, MA and RI, an award of $250 per team. For teams in NH, ME, VT, NY, NJ, DE, MD, DC and Eastern PA, an award of $750 per team. For teams in Western PA and all other states, an award of $1,250. Teams will make their own travel arrangements and the travel award will be dispersed after the close of the competition. Travel awards will be paid to the school or club. Requests for other payment options must be made in writing by the faculty advisor to Requests from team members will not be accepted.
  • If you are a prior CyberSEED participant and have completed supplier (vendor) setup previously, you must log into HuskyBuy to ensure your mailing address is correct and update as necessary.
  • HuskyBuy Supplier Portal – Existing Suppliers: UConn upgraded their supplier (vendor) system to HuskyBuy in July 2018. Existing suppliers received email communication from UConn regarding the transition and how to access supplier accounts. With the system change, all supplier updates must be made by the supplier using the HuskyBuy Supplier Portal.
  • HuskyBuy Supplier Portal – New Supplier Registration: New Suppliers will receive an email invitation from titled “Supplier Invitation for University of Connecticut”. Follow the link in the email to the HuskyBuy Supplier Portal via the Register Now button. As a first time supplier you will be asked to create a new account. Click the Continue with Registration button to continue. After successful submission of your application you will receive confirmation of registration.




Rome CyberSEED is held on University of Connecticut's Storrs Campus in the Rome Commons Ballroom.

626 Gilbert Road Ext. Storrs, CT 06269

The South Garage (paid parking) is within a 5-minute walk, for those who are driving.

Route from the airport

Bradley International Airport (BDL) serves the greater Hartford area.

Take S-91 toward Hartford. Take exit 35A I-291E toward Manchester. Follow signs for I-84E/Boston. On I-84 take exit 68 CT-195 toward Tolland/Mansfield. Turn right onto CT-195S/Merrow Rd. Follow for 7 miles. Turn right onto Bolton Road. The Rome Commons Ballroom is on the right.

History & Facts

  • October 2017 - UCONN Hosts CyberSEED'17
  • October 2016 - UCONN Hosts CyberSEED'16
  • October 2015 - UCONN Hosts CyberSEED'15
  • February 24, 2015 - The chief cybersecurity adviser for the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) joins a distinguished group of cybersecurity experts to discuss the evolving cyber threat landscape and the role that industry is playing in safeguarding the nation's critical infrastructure.
  • October 20, 2014 - CyberSEED launches only six months after CSI was established on the Uconn Storrs campus. The center unites the expertise of researchers within Uconn's existing Center for Hardware Assurance, Security and Engineering, and Comcast's leadership in internet systems security
  • April 10, 2014 - The University of Connecticut, home to the nation's foremost center on hardware security, and Comcast announce the establishment of the Center of Excellence for Security Innovation (CSI) at UConn.