Formerly the High School Forensics Challenge, this competition has been redesigned as a two-part red team investigation for high school students. 

The online Qualification Round runs as a jeopardy-style CTF. Challenges are designed to encourage learning and skill-building in the areas of reversing, web security, forensics, crypto and pwning. 

During in-person Finals, high school teams will be tasked with infiltrating and analyzing the findings of the operation without getting caught. 

RED is developed by members of the NYU Tandon School of Engineering OSIRIS Lab.

Participating Regions 

  • CSAW Europe hosted by INP Grenoble - Esisar for high school students in France
  • CSAW MENA hosted by NYU Abu Dhabi for high school students in the UAE
  • CSAW México hosted by University Iberoamericana Mexico City for high school students in Mexico  
  • CSAW US-Canada hosted by NYU Tandon School of Engineering for high school students in the United States 


15 April 2019: Registration is open

22 April 2019: Registration opens  

20 - 29 September 2019: Online Qualification Round *LIVE - registration open through 29 Sept.*

By 13 October 2019: official announcement of Finalists  

7 - 8 November 2019: in-person Final Round at participating regions  


Check out the scoreboard from RED'19


Students and faculty leading RED development.

Prize money, scholarships, and more.

Competition details, rules, and regional eligibility

Meet the experts who will be judging RED.

Top teams from CSAW'19 Red Team Competition