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WHY ARE WE DOING THIS?

As part of our commitment to a more secure computing experience, the BlueHat Prize aims to motivate development of innovative solutions intended to address serious computer security threats.

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WHAT IS THE CONTEST?

The inaugural Microsoft BlueHat Prize contest challenges security researchers to design a novel runtime mitigation technology designed to prevent the exploitation of memory safety vulnerabilities. The solution considered to be the most innovative by the Microsoft BlueHat Prize board will be presented the grand prize of $200,000 (USD). Important information:

  • The entry period closed at midnight Pacific Time on April 1, 2012.
  • The winning entry will be announced at Black Hat USA 2012.
  • Submitters retain all rights to the intellectual property in the content they submit and Microsoft has the right to license that content.
  • For full details, see rules and regulations.
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YOU COULD WIN

First prize: $200,000 (USD)
Second prize: $50,000 (USD)
Third prize: MSDN Universal subscription valued at $10,000 (USD)

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HOW TO ENTER?

Entries must include:

  • Full documentation of your original idea (description and any necessary diagrams)

  • A code prototype, demonstrating your idea in action

If you have any questions review the FAQ page or see rules and regulations. If you can't find the information you need, send your question to: bluehatprize@microsoft.com.


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BLUEHAT PRIZE QUESTION SWEEPSTAKES

Win $5,000! Visit the Microsoft booth at Black Hat USA (July 25-26) for a chance to win $5,000. Simply submit a security defense oriented challenge question to enter the BlueHat Prize Question Sweepstakes. Two winners will be selected between 9:00 a.m. and 5:30 p.m. Pacific Time on July 25th and 26th. For more information, read the Bluehat Prize Question Sweepstakes official rules.

Note: The BlueHat Prize entry period has ended and the competition is closed. The winners were announced at Black Hat USA 2012.