October 8-10, 2021
502 East Event Center
502 E. Carmel Drive
Carmel, IN
HackIN is a unique Capture the Flag event revolving around hardware/firmware reverse engineering and analysis. At HackIN, you play the role of a security researcher with an elite organization. It’s a race against time to analyze a mysterious device, discover vulnerabilities, and neutralize malicious capabilities – are you up for the challenge?

Seeking students engaged in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) fields/programs with hardware, firmware and embedded software analysis skills. Juniors and Seniors highly encouraged!

Registration is FREE and includes a hardware/software game kit that will put your skills to the test. Come to compete, learn and network with industry experts.

For additional questions, please reach out to [email protected]
502 East Event Center
Carmel IN
Date & Time
October 8-10, 2021
Friday, October 8th  
5:00 PMDoors Open 
5:00 - 6:30 PMIndividual Registration & MinglingDon Harder
6:30 - 6:45 PMWelcome & Event OverviewDon Harder
6:45 - 7:10 PMKeynote Address
  • Anthony Musgraves, CW4 Officer
  • LTC Adam Tscherne, NWSW Crane
  • John Bings, Recruiting NSWC CRANE
Introduction by Don Harder
7:10 - 7:15 PMIntroduction: Game & Event Facilitators
Sarah Olsen
7:15 - 7:30 PMEvent Logistics & Game Logistics | Q&A
Karissa Wright & Sarah Olsen
7:30 - 9:30PM
Networking w/ Hors d'oeuvres | Meet & Greet
Saturday, October 9th  
8:30 AMDoors Open 
8:30 - 9:30 AMRegistration & Breakfast 
9:30 - 9:35 AMEvent Kick-OffDon Harder
9:35 - 10:25 AMKeynote Address
  • Dr. Angie Lewis, Technical Director NSWC CRANE
  • Austin Roach, GX NSWC CRANE
  • Chris Parker, JX NSWC CRANE
  • Tim Ringwald, WX NSWC CRANE
Introduction by Don Harder
10:25 - 10:30 AMOverview Game RulesJesus Salas
10:30 - 10:35 AMTeam Formation 
10:35 AMGame Kit Released: Hackathon begins!Don Harder
12:30 PMLunch 
5:30 PMDinner 
9:30 PM30-Minute WarningDon Harder
10:00 PMBuilding Closes 
Saturday, October 9th  
8:30 AMDoors Open | Breakfast Served 
8:30 AM - 11:30 AMHackIN continues 
12:00 PMPencils Down | Finalists AnnouncedDon Harder
12:00 – 1PMFinalists Presentation Preparation 
12:00 - 1PMLunch Served 
1:00 - 1:30PMKeynote Address Don Harder
1:30 - 2:00PMFinalist PresentationsJesus Salas & Nick Anixter 
2:00 - 2:15PMWinners Ceremony | Prize $ AwardedDr. Kara Perry
2:15 - 2:45PMInternships & Career OpportunitiesDon Harder | John Bings
2:50 – 3:00PMClosing RemarksDon Harder
3:00 PMEvent Ends 
HotelS & Accommodations
The special group rate that has been negotiated for this event has expired. Please contact Hailey Fuller at
317.708.5342 or [email protected] to negotiate a lower rate by mentioning that you are traveling for the Crane HackIN in Carmel.
  1st Prize: $4000
 2nd Prize: $2000
  3rd Prize: $1000 
HackIN 2021 
Game Rules | Terms & Conditions
On October 8-10, 2021, Booz Allen Hamilton, Inc. (“Booz Allen”) will host Hackathon Indiana (“HackIN”) 2021 in collaboration with Indiana Innovation Institute (“IN3”) (collectively “Sponsors”). HackIN 2021 comprises a social event (October 8) and a two-day competition (October 9-10), to be held at the 502 East Event Center in Carmel Indiana, during which eligible participants will attempt to solve one or more challenges.

How to Enter: 
Beginning on July 15, 2021 and ending on the October 7, 2021, you may register to participate in HackIN 2021. You may only register one (1) time to participate in HackIN 2021. Registrations will be accepted in the order in which they are submitted based on suitability until event capacity has been reached. An individual may only submit one registration entry, and incomplete entries may not be accepted. Your registration entry consists of your online application at https://hackin2021.eventcreate.com. All materials related to the registration entry must be in English. When you register, in addition to your name, e-mail address, and phone number, you may be asked to provide information related to your occupation, education, and experience (e.g. your resume or related information). This information may be used to contact you about future events, services, or opportunities that may be of interest to you unless you indicate that you prefer not to be contacted. You will also be asked for your mailing address to receive HackIN 2021 materials in the mail.

HackIN 2021 is open only to individuals who are 16 years of age or older as of October 8th, 2021. This event is designed to provide an opportunity for STUDENTS only, to demonstrate their embedded reverse engineering talents. Staff and Faculty are not permitted to participate and Industry professionals are not allowed to participate as anyone in these categories will introduce an unfair advantage. Prizes may be awarded at HackIN 2021; you are not eligible to participate or receive any Prize in the HackIN 2021 if you are a resident of a country designated by the United States Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (see http://www.treasury.gov/resource-center/sanctions/SDN-List/Pages/default.aspx for additional information).

Team Event: 
HackIN 2021 is a team-based event, and a maximum of five (5) eligible individuals will be permitted per team. Final team composition will be completed during the event. Once teams are finalized on Saturday, October 9, 2021, you will not be allowed to switch teams, or add or remove team members.

Hackathon Details: 
All participants must be present to participate. Participants are required to supply and bring their own Wi-Fi capable laptop in order to participate, along with recommended supporting hardware peripherals (cables, power adapters, etc.) and software. Wi-Fi services and power outlets will be provided to each participant at the 502 East Event Center facility. Each participant will also be provided with a single “Game Kit” for use during the duration of the event; the Game Kit and all of its contents may be used only for support of the HackIN 2021 event and must be checked in to designated HackIN 2021 staff prior to the conclusion of the event. The Game Kit is required to be able to successfully complete all of the challenges. In support of the event, participants may also be given access to HackIN 2021 virtual platforms (e.g. websites) for submitting solutions, tracking progress, or other purposes. Participants are responsible for ensuring access to the HackIN 2021 virtual platforms. Participants are also responsible for ensuring compatibility between the Game Kit and their own computing equipment/environment., as well as installing/configuring any recommended software tools.
In addition, all participants will be required to complete a HackIN 2021 Release (“Release”) before they will be permitted to participate in HackIN 2021. As described in more detail in the Release, by participating in HackIN 2021, you agree that, without compensation, the Sponsors or their designee may photograph, record, and otherwise use your name, likeness, image, voice, or appearance, whether in whole or in part, blurred, altered, or distorted, in photographic, audio, video, electronic, digital, or other formats, without limitation, including for internal and external advertising, promotional, marketing, and training purposes and without any right by you to inspect, approve, or disapprove the foregoing. Participants are prohibited from retaining any materials provided to participants by HackIN 2021 or otherwise as part of HackIN 2021, including, without limitation, any and all data, data sets, information, or other materials, and participants are prohibited from using such materials other than for the purposes of participating in HackIN 2021. Nothing in these Rules shall be interpreted as granting you permission to use or display the Sponsors name, logo, or trademarks for any purposes. Hardware, Firmware, Software, and any other HackIN associated property distributed as part of the kit is to be viewed, manipulated, or handled in any way only by registered contestants and HackIN event staff. Any unauthorized distribution, handling, or viewing may result in disqualification of the associated contestant and their respective team.

How the Winners will be Determined:
Eligible submissions will be evaluated by a panel of judges selected by the Sponsors (the “Judges”). Judges may be employees of the Sponsors or external, and may change before or during the judging period. Judging may take place in one or more rounds with one or more panels of Judges, at the discretion of the Sponsors. All communication with Judges must be in English. Additional details on the Judging Process follow.

Judging Process: 
Judging will take place with a combination of in-person scoring and via the HackIN 2021 virtual platforms. Challenges will be scored either via submission to the HackIN 2021 virtual platforms or, in some cases, through presentation in-person to the Judges. There will be three primary rounds—Orientation, Challenges, and Finals— outlined below.:

Round 1 (Orientation): At event kick-off, teams will be provided with access to the challenge descriptions. Before teams are eligible to proceed to Round 2 and submit solutions to challenges, they are required to complete a basic set of exercises to orient to the HackIN 2021 virtual platforms and event structure.

Round 2 (Challenges): During the Challenges Round, teams will submit solutions via the HackIN 2021 virtual platforms and/or present their solutions to Judges for scoring. Judges will evaluate each entry based upon the criteria specified for each challenge and award points accordingly; interpretation of the criteria is at the discretion of the Judges.

Round 3 (Finals): At the conclusion of Round 2, the top three teams (by total points accumulated) will proceed to the Finals. During the Finals, teams will be provided with a final challenge to prepare and present a technical document (e.g. presentation or short whitepaper). Teams will submit and/or present in person; all team members must be present. Once all entries are submitted/presented, Judges will complete scoring and tally the final scores to determine the first, second, and third place winners.

Please Note: Entries may be subject to a due diligence review at any time for eligibility and compliance with these Rules. Determination of eligibility and compliance is in the Sponsors sole discretion. The Judges’ decisions with respect to the winning teams and the Sponsors decisions with respect to all other matters pertaining to HackIN 2021 shall be final and binding. If, in the Sponsors opinion, there is any suspected or actual evidence of electronic or non-electronic tampering with any unauthorized portion of HackIN 2021, or if a computer virus, bug, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical difficulties, or other failures compromise, corrupt, or otherwise affect the administration, integrity, security, fairness, or proper conduct of HackIN 2021, the Sponsors reserve the right in its sole discretion to disqualify any registrant, participant, or team who tampers with any portion of HackIN 2021; void any registrations submitted fraudulently; modify or suspend HackIN 2021; or terminate HackIN 2021. Any attempt by a registrant, participant, team, or any other individual to deliberately damage any unauthorized website, app, or undermine the legitimate operation of HackIN 2021 is a violation of criminal and civil laws and should such an attempt be made, the Sponsors reserve the right to seek damages and other remedies from any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law.

Allowed Technologies:
HackIN 2021 participants may use non-original source code, sample code, libraries, SDKs, and APIs to support their solutions as long as these technologies are: (i) Made publicly discoverable and available for public use in developing applications as of the Registration End Date and are still public as of the event; (ii) be indexed and reachable through Google’s search engine; (iii) be easily accessible (i.e., anyone can download or access; if signup is required, access must be granted in less than 1 hour). the Sponsors reserve the right to assess participants eligibility and compliance with these Rules at any point during HackIN 2021. If the Sponsors require any assistance in order to assess your compliance, you must promptly provide that assistance. If you do not provide the requested assistance in a timely manner, or if the Sponsors have reason to believe that you are not complying with the Rules, you may be disqualified, in the Sponsors sole discretion.

IN3 will present the monetary awards. The first place winner will receive $4000. The second place winner will receive $2000. The third place winner will receive $1000. All prize amounts are in U.S. Dollars. The amount noted is the amount that the winning team will collectively receive. The Sponsors in their discretion may award additional prizes beyond first, second, and third place to HackIN 2021 participants. All prizes are non-transferable and no cash or cash equivalents are available.

All costs, taxes and reporting, fees, and expenses associated with the prizes or the acceptance and use of the prizes not specifically addressed above are the sole responsibility of the winners. The Sponsors reserve the right to substitute any prize, or portions thereof, with a prize of comparable or greater value. If a winning participant is a U.S. citizen, the participant must also sign and return an IRS W-9 form, or if a foreign resident, an IRS W-8BEN form in order to claim the prize.

Booz Allen and IN3 will attempt to contact all selected winners by the email address provided by each participant by October 10th, 2021. No more than three (3) attempts shall be made to contact a winning participant. If the participant does not claim prize by October 10th, 2021, an alternative winner will be named and contacted to redeem the prize. Booz Allen is not responsible for any change of email address of participants. Notification is deemed to have occurred immediately upon sending of an e-mail or any other form of communication to contact a winning participant. Booz Allen is not responsible for and shall not be liable for late, misdirected or unsuccessful efforts to notify a winner. Current U.S. Government employees are not eligible to receive any prizes associated with HackIN 2021.

Participant Warranties and Obligations: 
Participation is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Participants are responsible for checking applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction before participating in HackIN 2020 to make sure your participation is legal. The Sponsors disclaim any and all liability or responsibilities for disputes arising between HackIN 2020 participants.

Participation is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Void where prohibited or restricted by law. Participants are responsible for checking applicable laws and regulations in your jurisdiction before participating in HackIN 2021 to make sure your participation is legal. The Sponsors disclaim any and all liability or responsibilities for disputes arising between HackIN 2021 participants. By participating in HackIN 2021, Participant represents and warrants that all information you provided is true and complete to the best of your knowledge, that you have the right and authority to participate in HackIN 2021, and that your solution:

Is your own original work, or is used by permission, in which case full and proper credit and identity is given and the third party contributions are clearly identified with your solution;

Is your own original work, or is used by permission, in which case full and proper credit and identity is given and the third party contributions are clearly identified with your solution;

Does not contain confidential information or trade secrets and is not the subject of a registered patent or pending patent application;

Does not violate or infringe upon the patent rights, industrial design rights, copyrights, trademarks, rights of privacy, publicity or other intellectual property or other rights of any person or entity;

Does not contain unauthorized malicious code, such as viruses, timebombs, cancelbots, worms, Trojan horses or other potentially harmful programs or other material or information;

Does not and will not violate any applicable law, statute, ordinance, rule or regulation;

Does not trigger any reporting or royalty obligation to any third party; and

Was not previously published and has not won any other prize/award.

By engaging in HackIN 2021 and accepting any prize awarded to you, you are affirmatively representing to the Sponsors that you are not prohibited from accepting the prize offered to you by any laws, regulations, policies or other rules applicable to you (“Applicable Rules”), including Applicable Rules imposed upon you by any employer or by any government entity with which you are affiliated. The Sponsors reserves the right to require you to demonstrate, to the Sponsors satisfaction, that no Applicable Rules prohibit you from accepting any prize and to withhold any prize offered under this competition if you cannot reasonably demonstrate your eligibility in a timely fashion.” A breach of any of these warranties will result in the corresponding entry being invalid.

How Your Entry May be Used: 
By participating in and presenting/submitting an entry (including, but not limited to, a Team Plan, Challenge Solutions, and Final Presentation) for HackIN 2021, you grant the Sponsors an irrevocable, royalty-free, fully-paid, sublicensable, worldwide license to: (a) use, review, assess, test, and otherwise analyze your entry and all its content in connection with HackIN 2021; and (b) feature your entry and all its content for promotional purposes (including, but not limited to, in advertisements, press releases, presentations, and trade shows) in all media, now known or later developed. You also agree to sign any necessary documentation that may be required for the Sponsors and their designees to make use of the rights you granted. Please note that the Sponsors, other entrants, or individuals may have developed materials similar or identical to your entry or may be developing something similar in the future. By entering HackIN 2021 you waive any claims you may have resulting from any similarities to your entry and agree that the Sponsors are not responsible for any unauthorized use of your entry by 3rd parties who may access or view your materials. If you do not want to grant us these rights to your entry, please do not enter this event.

Liability Release:
By registering for and participating in HackIN 2021, you agree to release, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsors, their employees, officers, directors, shareholders, subsidiaries, parents, affiliates, and agents, and any and all Internet service and access providers (“Released Parties”) from and against any claim, damages, or cause of action arising out of your participation in HackIN 2021, including, but not limited to: (a) your registration for and participation in HackIN 2021 was in violation of the Rules, (b) your receipt or use of the prizes to be awarded in connection with HackIN 2021, (c) any injury or harm resulting from any travel associated with HackIN 2021, (d) technical errors that may impair your ability to participate in HackIN 2021; (e) your entry infringes any copyright, trademark, or any other intellectual property right; (f) disputes between team members; (g) claims relating to damage to persons or property relating in any way to your participation in HackIN 2021. The Released Parties shall not have any liability for any incorrect or inaccurate registration information; technical malfunctions, failures, interruptions, or defects of any telephone network, computer online systems, computer equipment, service or server providers, or software, including any injury or damage to a registrant’s, participant’s, or any other person's computer or any data contained on or accessed via such computer relating to or resulting from registration for or participation in HackIN 2021; inability to access the Internet; unauthorized access to, or alteration of registration information; or registrations that are processed late or incorrectly or are incomplete or lost due to computer or electronic malfunction, traffic congestion on the Internet or at any website, or otherwise. All registrations, including all information provided in connection with a registration, become the property of the Sponsors and will not be returned. A purchase will not increase your chance of winning. You understand that HackIN 2021, the Rules, the HackIN 2021 timeline, and judging criteria may be modified at any time in the Sponsors sole discretion without posting updated rules or clarification; however, where such a modification would negatively affect HackIN 2021 participants broadly we will endeavor to give you notice of the change via e-mail. Because we will endeavor to provide important notices to you via the e-mail address you have provided at registration, it is important that you regularly check that e-mail address.

Disclaimer of Warranties: 

The invalidity or unenforceability of any provision of these Rules shall not affect the validity or enforceability of any other provision. In the event that any provision is determined to be invalid or otherwise unenforceable or illegal, these Rules shall otherwise remain in effect and be construed in accordance with their terms as if the invalid or illegal provision was not contained herein. The Sponsors failure to enforce any term of these Rules shall not constitute a waiver of that provision.

Law: You agree that these terms and the relationship between you and the Sponsors shall be governed by the laws of and the courts in the Commonwealth of Virginia.

Section Headings: The headings of the sections are inserted for reference only and are not intended to be part of nor affect the meaning or interpretation of these Rules.

Copy of Rules: These official rules are also available by emailing [email protected].

Winners List: The Top Three teams will be announced during the event on October 10, 2021
HackIN 2021 
Software | Hardware Requirements
VirtualBox, VMWare Workstation, or another virtualization software which supports the Open Virtualization Appliance (OVA) file/image format is required. Software tools will be distributed with an OVA file and contain software tools needed to complete certain challenges.

A computer and operating system capable of running a virtual machine software should be sufficient. Please see the following links for hardware and software requirements for VirtualBox (free) and VMWare Workstation (paid, free trial available):

Additional software is listed below (also supplied within the OVA file):
  • Ghidra: https://ghidra-sre.org/
  • CubeIDE: https://www.st.com/en/development-tools/stm32cubeide.html

The computer should have a USB Type A port or the appropriate dongles, hubs, or adapters to connect devices supplied within the game kit. No additional computer hardware peripherals is required. No additional electronics components, tools, or hardware is required.

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