Hack@SCHack 22

Inaugural Hackathon

Congratulations to our winners!

1st Place: TTCTeam from Trident Technical College

Trident Technical College Team - 1st Place Winners
2nd Place (Tie): EET Cyberpunk from Denmark Technical College and Hornets from Morris College

Denmark College Team - 2nd Place Tie    Morris College Team - 2nd Place Tie
3rd Place (Tie): Team 2 from Benedict College and Team Gigatron from Denmark Technical College

Benedict College Team - 3rd Place Tie    Denmark College Team - 3rd Place Tie

About the Hackathon

Hack Warz Photo

“Hack @ SChack” ’22 is an exciting hacking competition for SC Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Trident Technical College underrepresented minority students to hone their cyber security and computer science skills.

Speaker Information

Frank Abagnale Photo

Frank Abagnale, one of the world’s leading experts in cybercrime, embezzlement, forgery and secure documents and an associate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bestselling author and subject of the movie Catch Me If You Can.

About the Internship

Group photo of all Hackathon interns with Dr. Dacosta

Advanced Technology International (ATI) is collaborating with the various organizations to provide a mentorship, internship, and hackathon experiences for the students from SC Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Trident Technical College.

Collaborating Universities & Colleges

The Hackathon participants will include underrepresented minority students from SC Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) and Trident Technical College (TTC).

Allen University (1870) Logo
Denmark Technical College Logo
Morris College Logo
SC State University 1896 Logo
Trident Technical College Logo
Voorhees University Logo

About the Hackathon

Students from each participating school will:

  • Select six students to participate in two teams of three students each, to compete for prizes. Participants will be selected by faculty.
  • Bring interested students to watch the competition and cheer on your school’s teams.
  • Engage with exhibitors and sponsors
  • Listen to Keynote speaker and one of the world’s most respected authorities on cybercrime and scams, Frank Abagnale!

The Inaugural Hack @ SChack will be hosted at
Denmark Technical College on Saturday, November 5, 2022, from 8AM to 4:30PM ET.

Hack Warz Photo

How does the competition work?

The Hack@SChack Hackathon is a Capture-the-Flag event to stretch your security muscle and have FUN! Hack Warz® is a cyber-range testing and training environment consisting of a virtual environment that is used for cyber defense and offense testing and training. It provides a safe environment in which projects can test new tools and applications, as well as train cyber professionals in the tools necessary to help strengthen and develop their cybersecurity skills. Hack Warz® is modular and customizable to accommodate different network architectures and system configurations.

There will be 16 teams of 3 students from each of our participating schools. The event is comprised of a network of vulnerable virtual machines that have tokens (flags) to be found. The competition was designed to have tokens that could be found if the competitors follow any standard Pen Testing Methodology. As competitors go thru the pen testing phases (Planning, Discovery, Exploitation, Reporting) they will find tokens for points. Setting up the competition in this way reinforces the idea of following a structured process for a successful pen test. The competitors bring their own Laptops with an RDP and/or SSH client installed that they will use to connect to a Bastion host in their teams virtual private cloud instance. The Bastion host will have the allowed pen testing tools so that all competitors start on a level playing field making the skill and knowledge of the competitors the advantage. Competitors are given Rules of Engagements that will explain what they are allowed and not allowed to do in the competition.

How does scoring work?

LCE created a scoring engine that allows competitors to enter a token (15 or 16 digit hexadecimal number) to gain points. These tokens are found in the compromised systems. Some are found easily and some require more work with a bigger point reward. Hints will be given throughout the competition to encourage thought and keep the competition momentum going.

For information about how to join your school’s team or attend Hack@SChack ‘22 to represent your school, email sc-relentless@ati.org.

Key Note Speaker

Frank Abagnale

One of the world’s leading experts in cybercrime, embezzlement, forgery and secure documents and an associate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, bestselling author and subject of the movie Catch Me If You Can.

“Abagnale’s lecture may be the best one-man show you will ever see.”
– Tom Hanks, Academy Award Winning Actor

8:00 am Registration Open
8:00 am to 8:30 am Breakfast and Networking
8:30 am to 9:00 am Welcome and Introduction
Post Colors: Denmark-Olar HS High School JROTC Color Guard
National Anthem
Welcome: Dr. Willie L. Todd, Jr., President, Denmark Technical College
Speaker: SC Representative Robert Q. Williams (House District 62)
9:00 am to 10:00 am Keynote Speaker – Frank Abagnale
10:00 am to 4:30 pm Exhibit Hall open
10:00 am to 3:00 pm Hack Warz® Hackathon
4:00 pm to 4:30 pm Awards Ceremony and Closing Remarks
Frank Abangale Photo

Sponsorship Opportunities

Interested in supporting the mission of the Cyber Security – Computer Science Internship Program and Hack @ SChack’22? Please consider a sponsorship opportunity that will benefit students by engaging them with the cyber security and computer science professions.

Title Sponsor

South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Logo

Water Sponsor

FUSION Cyber Logo

Snack Sponsor

ATP GOV: Technology Transitions that Protect Our Nation

Celebration Sponsors

Ignite Digital Services Logo
McClatchy Logo

Coffee Sponsor

LCE: Life Cycle Engineering Logo

Exhibitor Sponsors

Naval Information Warfare Center Atlantic (NIWC)

South Carolina SBDC Logo

Federal Bureau of Investigation – Columbia Field Office

About ATI’s Cyber Security – Computer Science Internship Program

The mission of the internship is to provide underrepresented minority students from SC historically black colleges and universities (HBCUs) and Trident Technical College (TTC) the opportunity to gain firsthand insight into the computer science field through a guided program with the SC-based cyber security and computer science industry. Students learn real world skills and establish mentor-mentee relationships, while industry connects with local talent to meet their long-term workforce demands and help instill a passion for the field.

Via a nine-month virtual mentor relationship, a one-week immersion-style internship, and a Hackathon, the students are provided an opportunity to grow as computer scientists and gain valuable real world experience.

For information about how your organization can get involved as a mentor, or learn more about the program, contact Stacey Lindbergh, ATI Program Manager at 843.760.3566, or email stacey.lindbergh@ati.org.

Collaboration Partners

South Carolina Department of Commerce Logo
South Carolina Commission for Minority Affairs Logo
Charleston Defense Contractors Association (CDCA) Logo
SC Tech: An Initiative of SC Council on Competitiveness
Advanced Technology International (ATI) Logo