March 30, 2019
VCU College Of Engineering East Hall
401 W. Main St., Richmond, VA 23284

What is M2M?

M2M is a multi-focus daylong hacking competition — capture the flag/jeopardy-style — that tests competitors’ cyber- and cyber-physical security skills in a variety of machine-to-machine challenges. M2M combines computer engineering and electrical engineering and offers challenges that require competitors to confront all aspects of modern security. Sign up as a team or individually to complete challenges of varying difficulties that require specialized knowledge of electrical engineering and computer engineering.

Last year's competition was intense with twelve teams competing for victory. This year, M2M is amping up the competition with more challenges, higher stakes, and upgraded infrastructure. Also, M2M 2019 is announcing two new additions:

M2M is expanding to include two challenger tiers: undergrad and open! The challenges of M2M 2019 will be met by 32 undergrad students and 32 open challengers, all competing together under separate prize brackets.

M2M 2019 High-School will be hosted on March 16th, where five high-schools will be invited to compete in a competition focused on educating students and introducing them to the excitement of engineering!

Computer Engineering

Application Security
Firmware Extraction
Data Encryption
Digital Logic
Network Security

Electrical Engineering

Circuit Analysis
Hardware Vulnerability Exploitation


Sponsorship Levels


  • Create Unlimited Challenges
  • Event Co-Host*
  • Keynote Speech*
  • Lunch Named After Your Company*
  • Access to All Resumes
  • Representative and Booth
  • Logo on Printed Material


  • Create up to 5 Challenges
  • Breakfast Named After Your Company*
  • Access to All Resumes
  • Representative and Booth
  • Logo on Printed Material


  • Create a Challenge
  • Access to All Resumes
  • Representative and Booth
  • Logo on Printed Material

*limited to 1

Competition Brackets


Open to undergraduate students from all universities as long as you are enrolled in the 2018-2019 academic year.


Open to everyone - graduate students, industry professionals, and professional nerds alike. All are welcome to come test their skills at M2M 2019.

Team Prizes

1st Place - $75
2nd Place - $50
3rd Place - $25

Prize amount is per person. 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place prizes are awarded separately to the undergrad and the open brackets.

Thanks to Our 2019 Sponsors

 Logo for the U.S. Army Night Vision and Electronic Sensors Directorate


Saturday - March 30, 2019

7:45 AM - Breakfast and Sign-in

8:15 AM - Opening Ceremony

8:30 AM - Keynote Speech

9:00 AM - Reveal of Challenges

9:30 AM - Competition Begins

12:00 PM - Lunch

5:30 PM - Competition Ends

6:00 PM - Awards and Closing Ceremony

Frequently Asked Questions

How is M2M free to competitors?

Unlike many hacking competitions, M2M is an entirely sponsor-driven event. Our awesome sponsors enable us to provide fantastic challenges, prizes, facilities, and food at no expense to our competitors.

Is this a team event?

Yes. Competitors will be split into teams of 4. You can register with a premade team. If you can’t fill all 4 seats, M2M will auto-assign individually registered competitors to fill your team.

Who can participate in M2M 2019?

M2M 2019 is split into 2 brackets, each allowing 32 seats, making 8 teams. Any college student currently enrolled in their bachelor degree can register for the M2M undergrad bracket. Anyone else can register under the M2M Open bracket.

How can I sign up for M2M 2019 High-School?

Email If there’s a seat availability we will contact your high-school.

What should I bring to the event?

All you need is a laptop capable of connecting to WiFi. We recommend installing a virtual machine or dual-boot with Kali Linux. Through the competition we will be providing various hardware for you to use. All teams will be given the same hardware and are responsible for any installation required.

What skill level is required?

M2M 2018 had competitors from all range of skill-sets. You don’t need to be a pro hacker or a pro engineer to compete, but you can be sure that any skills you bring to the table will find a place in one or more challenges.

What will I eat?

M2M will be providing breakfast and lunch.


For Attendees:

For Sponsors:

Philip O’Connor
Executive Director
VCU College of Engineering Foundation and Corporate Relations