King_of_the_mountain_2019.jpg

Williamsport -- TechUp PA, a local technology meetup group, is calling all hackers and coders for a fun evening of brute force hijinx involving some Raspberry Pi’s that we’ve “secured” with our “King of the Mountain” logo. 

The event, aptly named “King of the Mountain” will happen on Friday, July 19 from 6-9 p.m. at the Covation Center, 217 W 4th St, Williamsport, Pa.

The event has a simple premise, we’ve set up three Raspberry Pi’s with various security holes and vulnerabilities and those interested can bring their own devices to gain access to and replace our logo with their “flag.” Once the Pi has been breached, those in control need to maintain control until the event ends at 9PM. Prizes will be awarded for the victorious team (or teams) still in control.

“I think this event is a great opportunity for the local coders and programmers to come together and have some fun outside of their normal day jobs,” said Bill Covert, one of the organizers of the group.

"We didn't initially intend this, but the event actually brings to light the security vulnerabilities that a simple Raspberry Pi can have on a network. Just last month, NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory network was hacked into via an unauthorized Raspberry Pi computer which was connected to the network," said John Yogodzinski, one of the organizers of the group. "We hope to have some fun hacking, and also learn from each other at the same time."

The event is free and open to the public and hackers can bring whatever libations they deem necessary to fuel the fun digital capture the flag event. Happy Hacking!

About TechUp PA

TechUp PA is a new networking group based in Central PA focused on bringing individuals with a passion for technology together to discuss, learn and grow together. We are a diverse group of entrepreneurs, coders, business owners, techies, and developers that meet on the second Tuesday of the month at the Covation Center in downtown Williamsport. Our meetups vary from formal meetings w/ a loose agenda, to socials at local restaurants, to a topic-centric evening with guest speaker(s). All are welcome, we just ask that you have a general interest technology. 

As the group matures, one of our goals is to host a WordCamp like convention locally.

To learn more about the group, please visit techuppa.com, find us on MeetUp, or stop by at an upcoming event.