Building on the promise that Black Hat MEA will not be a pure-play commercial conference and exhibition, we aim to deliver more value for attendees in 2022 by building on the festive vibe and amazing designs of the previous edition. The record-breaking attendance in 2021 of over 30,000 visitors, CISOs from global renowned companies, elite ethical hackers, Black Hat certified trainers and the growing cybersecurity community regionally has inspired us to do more at this year’s edition.

A series of competitions and activities are lined up across the three days for attendees to experience. Be a part of it, irrespective of if you are a novice or a cybersecurity guru, we have something in store for you!

the Flag

Year 1 saw the participation of over 1,000 participants entering at different levels of competency: amateur, intermediate, and expert with the aim for their team to be the winner out of approximately 300 teams that participated.

Year 2 will see the capture the flag competition run as a jeopardy-style competition both in the qualification and final stages with up to

SAR 700,000 (Approx. USD 187,000) up for grabs. 

Bounty Cup

SAR 300,000 (Approx. USD 80,000) prize fund is up for grabs during the second edition of the Annual Bug Bounty Cup which will run across 3 days, live at Black Hat MEA this November. 

Selected cybersecurity researchers will be given access to a secure trusted environment to identify and tackle vulnerabilities in tech products and websites of enterprises that participate in the competition. Do you have what it takes to lift the Bug Bounty Cup?

Start-up Competition

We are on the hunt for cybersecurity and infosec start-ups to pitch their business ideas live at Black Hat MEA in Riyadh. This is your opportunity to win a share of a lucrative prize pool!

five of the best pitches will enter the Grand Finale on 17 November. The top three pitches stand a chance to win, and all of this will take place in front of seasoned judges, angel investors, tech experts, and government stakeholders from around the world!

Merchandise Design Competition

Black Hat Middle East and Africa is looking for a talented digital artist to curate a unique artwork exclusively for the Black Hat MEA Cyber Heroes. The winning artwork will be printed as a limited-edition collection (Only 100 pieces in the world!) and receive an exciting grand prize.