Second Italian Workshop on CTF Competitions (Capture.IT)

Ancona, 4 February 2020 Co-located with ITASEC20

Call for Presentations

The Second Italian Workshop on CTF competitions (Capture.IT 2020) aims at gathering practitioners and experts who want to share their experience about the organization of and the participation to Capture The Flag (CTF) competitions. The purpose of the workshop is to provide a forum for exchanging opinions, presenting ideas, and lessons learned on CTF. In particular, Capture.IT aims at attracting the Italian CTF community, e.g., students, young researchers, and practitioners who are active CTF players or organizers. Another goal is to foster the exchange of ideas and experiences in an interactive and informal atmosphere.

Topics of interest include but are not limited to:

  • Organizational aspects of the CTF
  • CTF design and implementation
  • CTF scoring
  • Walkthroughs and write-ups
  • Lessons learned
  • Team formation and management
  • CTF gamification and edutainment aspects
  • CTF platforms and execution environments

Authors are requested to submit a short abstract (at most 1 page, i.e., 700 words) of their presentation. Submissions must be in English and formatted in PDF. They should provide an outline of the presentation as well as a motivation of their significance for the CTF community. Each talk should last 25 minutes, with an additional 5 minutes for questions.

Important Dates

Submissions due: 22 December, 2019  31 December, 2019
Authors notification: 12 January, 2020
Workshop: 4 February, 2020


09.15CyberChallenge.IT 2020 (Marina Ribaudo)
09.30Capture the flag competitions by beginner players (Lorenzo Catoni, Marco Gaglianese, Nicola Vella)
10.00From zero to Russia: how to build a CTF team from scratch (Zenhack team)
10.30Organizing m0leCon 2019: everything you need to know to setup a local CTF (Matteo Rossi)
11.00Coffee break
11.30Invited Talk: This is Madness! 15+ years of DEF CON CTF (Davide Balzarotti)
12.30Capture the What? Teaching Security with CTFs (Eleonora Losiouk, Daniele Lain, Andrea Biondo, Leonardo Nodari, Riccardo Bonafede)
13.00From RSA to Lattices: the importance of understanding maths in cryprography (Gaspare Ferraro, Matteo Rossi)

Registration & Venue

Follow the instructions on ITASEC web page.


Proposals should be submitted either by sending an e-mail to or by filling this form.
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Program Chairs

Letterio Galletta (IMT Lucca)
Marina Ribaudo (Università di Genova)

Program Committee

Cataldo Basile (Politecnico di Torino)
Franco Callegati (Università di Bologna)
Costantina Caruso (Università di Bari)
Emilio Coppa (Università di Roma “La Sapienza”)
Gabriele Costa (IMT Lucca)
Gaspare Ferraro (CINI)
Emanuele Frontoni (Università Politecnica delle Marche)
Giuseppe Lettieri (Università di Pisa)
Eleonora Losiouk (Università di Padova)
Davide Maiorca (Università di Cagliari)
Mario Polino (Politecnico di Milano)
Lorenzo Veronese (Università Ca’ Foscari)