Ammon to host student cybersecurity competition


The city of Ammon will host a cybersecurity competition for Bonneville Joint School District 93 high school students next month.

The fifth annual “Capture the Flag” event will be held from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 21. It is run by the Mid-Atlantic Gigabit Innovation Collaboratory, and the city will be one of many satellite locations hosting competitions at the same time throughout the country.

The city is partnering with Idaho National Laboratory, the school district, Cybercore, the College of Eastern Idaho, EntryPoint Networks and the Idaho Regional Optical Network to hold the event.

The event is “an ethical hacking cybersecurity competition for entry-level participants,” city officials said in a news release. No prior experience is required and it is free for participants. It features teams of four or five students working their way through a series of cybersecurity puzzles set up in a Jeopardy-style format to find hidden flags and earn points.

“Ammon has recognized the ever-increasing need to close the gap in needed cybersecurity professionals, and increase students’ interest in cybersecurity is a very important step,” Mayor Sean Coletti said in a statement. “This event helps students along the process of cyber workforce development, and is specifically focused for entry-level participants in an effort to bring new and young individuals into the technology and cybersecurity workforce pipeline. At the city of Ammon, we believe that Ammon’s unique fiber-optic system was well-suited to be the backbone for this exciting competition, so we are happy to be the host and a sponsor.”

Registration opens March 19, and team participation is limited and first-come, first-served. Register at