DEFCON 201 Online CTF Practice Challenge —Hacker Trivia Night — May 29th-May 31st

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Welcome to the DEF CON CTF 2020 Qualifier!

For over two years we have been planing running our own Wargames and CTF to help people develop their hacking skills. While progress is still being made (we plan to launch our own in Winter 2020), DC201 will also occasionally enter into various online CTF Tournaments to test our skills and to get a sample on how one is set up so we have a blueprint in creating our own.

This Friday, from May 29th, 3:00 PM EST to May 31st, 6:00 PM EST, we invite all DEFCON 201 Members, Attendees and Fans to help us hack the Hacker Trivia Night by the Tech Learning Collective!



NOTE: We will also be streaming parts of Hacker Trivia Night LIVE during our LIVE STREAM. Details to be on our LIVE Stream Special:

Anyone can enter by joining our group and entering our DISCORD Chat! Once in chat, select the #CTF channel and follow the instructions. This is how you will obtain the DC201 Team Username and Password Log-In. You are then ready to hack away!

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DEFCON 201 Discord Link:


Clear Net:





Android: (We recommend using YALP)

Join The DEFCON 201 CTF Time Group:

Next Hacker Trivia Night Theme

Restaurant and Bar Night

Join us for our first Hacker Trivia Night supporting beneficiaries in the food (and drink) service industry!

One of the hardest-hit sectors of New York City’s economy has been bars and restaurants. Restaurants and bars have been forced to close due to the coronavirus pandemic, leaving hundreds of thousands if not millions of food service workers struggling to make rent.

Due to years of neglect and defunding by state and federal policies, New York’s unemployment systems crashed and were unavailable for weeks on end, leaving workers unable to even file for benefits, much less actually receive them when they were needed. And even after enlisting help from tech giants like Google, unemployed residents still describe the situation as a “living nightmare” and “kafkaesque mess,” reporting delays, backlogs, and even cases where the system leaked applicants’ social security numbers to strangers.

Meanwhile, although government officials have temporarily ceased evictions on paper, many landlords have moved to evict tenants anyway. At the same time, property owners are receiving mortgage relief but renters are still expected to pay rent, and medical debt collections have continued unabated even while health insurers lobby for federal aid while telling investors their business are not negatively impacted by the pandemic.

It all underscores the obvious design of existing governmental structures intended to get benefits to the rich while the poor and working class pay for the privileges corporations and billionaires are so “free” to enjoy.

The struggling workers we are talking about are not merely numbers on a labor statistics report. They are our friends. So we’ve decided to debut Hacker Trivia Night as “Restaurant and Bar Worker’s Night” and award collected donations to food service industry workers.

Read more about the beneficiaries for this Hacker Trivia Night competition.

Why are you doing this?

The short version

We miss our local bars and clubs (and many others who are struggling), so we decided to do something about it. We made our own classic bar trivia game, hyperlinked in to the 21st century. Thus, Hacker Trivia Night was born!

The long version

At both Tech Learning Collective and Shift-CTRL Space, our mission is to empower and educate community members and advocacy groups with knowledge of digital safety best practices, including cybersecurity preparedness, Internet privacy, and digital security.

Many people and local businesses are struggling to survive due to a combination of factors. The obvious and longstanding failures of federal, state, and municipal governments to fight back against murderous greed on the part of corporations and well-to-do property owners is high on this list of factors.

Bars, nightclubs, and other venues where we socialize and create community have been forced to close, leaving many in our immediate community without necessary social support structures. But even in bleak times like these, it’s important to have some fun.

We wanted some way to have fun while simultaneously helping our friends and neighbors. Due to the global coronavirus pandemic, since we can no longer go out to their brick-and-mortar venues to see them, we figured we would find a way to invite them to join us at our venue: the Internet.

What better way to come together as a community while at the same time having fun and fulfilling our mission of empowering local community members with necessary cybersecurity knowledge and training?

Hacker Trivia Night is our latest attempt at punching above our weight. We’re a small group of New York City residents who believe we can be a lot more than the sum of our parts if we work together to support those nearest and dearest to us: our fellow New Yorkers.

Who’s behind this?

Hacker Trivia Night is a joint project by Tech Learning Collective and Shift-CTRL Space, in partnership with numerous beneficiaries.

Tech Learning Collective

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Tech Learning Collective is an apprenticeship-based technology school for radical organizers headquartered in New York City that provides a security-first IT infrastructure curriculum to otherwise underserved communities and organizations advancing social justice causes.

Tech Learning Collective trains politically self-motivated individuals in the arts of hypermedia, Information Technology, and radical political practice. Individuals can sign up for intensive courses, one-off webinar workshops, or private trainings.

Tech Learning Collective regularly hosts free, donation-based, and low-cost computer training events; check out the Tech Learning Collective event calendar and sign up for a workshop today!

Shift-CTRL Space

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Shift-CTRL Space is a community group based in Queens, NY ambitiously cultivating autonomy in our neighborhoods. We connect grassroots organizations, nonprofits, and community members with free resources on technology, including info sessions, educational materials, and workshops.

We are also known for running some really rad queer hacker parties. ;)


Hacker Trivia Night would not be possible without the generous support of donors like you.

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Happy Hacking!


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