Join Capgemini on November 10-11 in Columbia, SC for our Hack Soda City Hackathon. You'll work with and alongside bright and inventive peers to help businesses solve their problems. Participants will compete for prizes, recognition, and a chance for their solution to be chosen as the real-world answer to a company's problem. You'll have access to mentors and peers with the knowledge to help you succeed, as well as representatives and judges from top tech companies such as AWS,, Microsoft, and IBM. Plus, we'll feed you! Free food and drink, in addition to some other cool goodies and activities throughout the weekend. This event is FREE to all participants; unfortunately we are not able to cover any travel costs.

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NOTE: You must apply for this hackathon at and be selected in order to participate.

Anyone who has an interest in hacking can attend! We will be providing workshops catered to different experience levels. We welcome programmers, designers, entrepreneurs, and business people, as long as you have a passion for disrupting the workplace!  Beginner workshops will give you a jumpstart into programming, while workshops for experienced developers will help you polish and ship your project.

Here you will find information related to the conduct of the annual Southeast Regional Cyber Defense Competition, hosted and coordinated by the KSU Center for Information Security Education staff.

The SECCDC is conducted by the Coles College of Business Center for Information Security Education.

The competition is held on the KSU campus during its spring break, and is managed by:

  • Dr. Mike Whitman - SECCDC Director and Event Coordinator
  • Dr. Herb Mattord - SECCDC Associate Director-Operations and Event Co-Coordinator
  • Mr. James Blanton - Red Team Coordinator and co-Architect

Members of the competition management team may be reached by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


For Registration fees by credit card visit the KSU Mall site here

Saturday February 23, 2019 is the tentative date for the 2018 Virtual Preliminary Qualification Competition. The prelim lasts 5 hours, with one hour setup prior to the start of competition. Teams be assigned a time based on availability. Session 1 (8 AM - 2 PM), Session 2 (2 - 8 PM), EST.

The top 8 performing teams will be selected to compete in the on-site regional competition, to be hosted at KSU from 9 AM - 8 PM, April 3-4, 2019. The event will be held in the Burruss Building. Click here for a map.

The SECCDC is proud to invite the following teams to the on-site regional:

  • Clemson University
  • Columbus State University
  • Kennesaw State University
  • University of Central Florida
  • University of Florida
  • University of North Carolina, Wilmington
  • University of South Alabama
  • University of Tennessee at Chattanooga


About The Event

The Palmetto Cyber Defense Competition PCDC is a three-day Cyber Defense Competition held by the Space and Naval Warfare Systems Center Atlantic in collaboration with the South Carolina Lowcountry Chapter of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

WHERE : Trident Technical College
North Charleston, SC

WHEN: Saturday through Monday
April 13-15, 2019



*** Notice: the MD and VA locations have been cancelled for 2019 and will be revisited for 2020 ***

This year’s Palmetto Digital Forensics Competition supports two separate divisions, High Schooland College/Universities, which has been the norm for the previous years. The competition will however expand to include Virginia and Maryland high schools and college/universities with South Carolina. Those wishing to compete in the aforementioned states will get to participate in their respective state hosting location. Locations for this years competition are Trident Technical College in North Charleston, SC, Capitol Technical University in Laurel, MD, and Norfolk State University in Norfolk, VA.

Both divisions will tackle scenario-based exercises grouped into four progressive levels of difficulty ranging from 100, 200, 300, 400 and 500. Most of the 100-level exercises can be easily solved by conducting limited research and the use of free digital forensic tools. Exercises in the 200-300 range will require more in-depth knowledge, research, concepts, methods, and tools as well as applying critical thinking skills. The 400-level exercises are the most difficult and will require extensive knowledge and expertise in order to identify the correct flag based on the provided exercise artifacts. This may involve development of new digital forensic methodologies, techniques, scripts, and processes leading to the discovery of a unique flag. Flags may vary based on the provided challenge scenario that can result in identifying a specific hash value, timestamp, encoded answer, or a word/phrase.

NEW in this year’s competition is the 500-level challenge group. Although there only a few challenges in this category, competitors will need to develop a tool that will solve a unique gap area. Those tackling these challenges, solution with a detailed user guide. These challenges are different than the 100 through 400 level challenges hosted in the CTF platform since teams can work on these solutions by developing a tool over the course of several weeks.

Competitors will have up to seven hours to complete as many forensic scenarios as possible. At the end of the competition, the winner from each division will be determined based on the total number of points accumulated from each correctly solved challenge. A Grand Champion across all states, will be awarded for each division as well as winners from each state.