1. The most important skills you have on your team are creativity and curiousity. You don't have to be a computer wiz to solve most of the challenges.

2. Always read all the material given out to you, and try to look for clues where you don't expect them to be.

3. Don't just try to guess the answers. Every solution has logic behind it, so apply some.

4. Google (or similar) is always your friend.

5. Keep an eye on the notification icon in the top menu. Important messages and updates will be posted there, if needed.

6. The fastest way to get clarifications if something is unclear or you believe there is an error might be on Discord. See the "Support" page for the server invite link.


For some of the challenges you will need data search and manipulation skills and tools to go with them.

Some of these tools, or similar ones, might become useful during the competition:

  • Search engines and knowledge databases (Google, Bing, DuckDuckGo, Kagi, Wikipedia, etc)
  • Maps and GIS (Google, Apple, OpenStreetmap, Overpass Turbo, etc)
  • Large language models (ChatGPT, Bard, Bing Chat, etc)
  • Image tools (ExifTool, image viewers, GIMP, etc)
  • Reversing tools (Decompilers, debuggers, instrumentation tools, etc)