The Challenge » Who Can Play
The 2012 DC3 Digital Forensics Challenge is open to both individuals and teams. Teams can consist of commercial, government, military, or academic entities of 1 to 4 players per team. Team member's eligibility, affiliation, and citizenship determine the team's demographic and their ability to play and be available to our sponsor's prizes.
Each entry must meet the following eligibility requirements:
- An individual cannot participate on more than one (1) team.
- Teams will consist of one (1) to four (4) member(s).
- The team’s first team member will be assigned as the team leader and considered the sole Point of Contact (POC).
- All members are required to provide their personal information
(Full Name, Address, Telephone Number, Email Address, Etc) for team
- Failure to provide accurate personal information OR falsifying registration information will cause denial of your application and disqualify your team from challenge participation as per Section 7.0 – Team Disqualification.
- All changes to team members (add/update/remove) and their related information are the responsibility of team POC to update with the DC3 Challenge Team in writing to challenge AT dc3 DOT mil.
- If any participant is under the age of 18 at the time of registration, the team is required to provide written authorization from a parent / legal guardian via the DC3 Permission to Participate form for each under-aged team member. Failure to provide this written permission will be cause for disqualification as per Section 7.0 – Team Disqualification in the DC3 Challenge 2011 Rules.
- DC3 employees, current and former within the past year (2011), and their relatives are ineligible to participate for prizes; however they may compete for points only.
Team Member Affiliation
Each team member's affiliation is determined at the time of the team's final submission, NOT at the time of registration. Team affiliations are:
- Civilian – A person who chooses not to be otherwise affiliated with any other specified affiliation category.
- Commercial – A person that is employed for a Commercial / Private Sector organization representing their company. This includes contractors that work for Military, Federal, State and Local Government agencies.
- Government – A person that works for their nation’s Federal, State, or Local Government agency. This excludes contractors.
- Military – A person that is military member or civil servant to their nation’s Military. This excludes contractors.
- High School Student – A person that is attending a high school as a student and has NOT graduated before the submission of the final Challenge package.
- Community College Student – A person that is attending a 2-year Institute as a student and has NOT graduated before the submission of the final DC3 Challenge.
- Undergraduate Student – A person that is attending a College/University/Technical School as a student and has NOT graduated before the submission of the final Challenge package.
- Graduate Student – A person that is attending a graduate school as a student and has NOT graduated before the submission of the final Challenge package.
Team Member Citizenship
- US Only - Must hold a US citizenship.
- U.K. Only - Must be a UK citizen and must have primary residency in the UK. UK citizens outside of the UK do not qualify.
- Non-U.S. - All other citizenships that do not qualify as US Only and U.K. Only as per DC3 Challenge Rules
Once team's demographic is determined by the DC3 Challenge Team, the team is listed under the available prize(s) based on the team’s registration entry information. See Section 4.2 - Prize Eligibility in the DC3 Challenge 2012 Rules for further details.
- Team Affiliation
- If a team consists of all members of the same team having the same affiliation (i.e. 4 Government members), the team will be assessed by its common member affiliation (i.e. Government.)
- If a team consists of all academic students, the highest category level will be assessed as the team affiliation. See Section 4.3 – Academic criteria in the DC3 Challenge 2011 Rules for additional details.
- If a team consists of a mix of 2 or more team member affiliations that are not all academic (i.e. 2 Civilian and 1 High School Student), the team will be assessed as the team affiliation of Civilian.
- Team Citizenship
- For specific national-based prizes, all team members must be of the same citizenship category (example: US or Non-US) as per the prize rules.
- Mixed citizenship teams consisting of US and Non-U.S citizenship players will be assigned as a mixed team citizenship.
- Some states have partnered with DC3 to offer additional recognition to teams who are comprised entirely of players from a specific state. A full list of these states can be found here.